Mountain Island Lake


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Full Pool: 647.5
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Tweens caught sending nude pics to each other


Date: 5/1/2018 2:24:00 PM

The principal at Mountain Island Lake Academy reported the 12-year-olds to authorities. The case came just a week after another pornography investigation at a different school. Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools said there's no cell phone use allowed during the

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Crime Stoppers: Thief poses as Walmart employee, steals $4,500 in watches


Date: 4/26/2018 12:58:00 PM

A crook blended in and went unnoticed while he stole $4,500 worth of Apple watches. How could he break into the Walmart near Mountain Island Lake while employees were closing up and without anyone noticing? Simple - he hid in plain sight, wearing a Walmart

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Latta Plantation Nature Center

The Charlotte Observer

Date: 4/25/2018 5:00:00 PM

Join a naturalist for a relaxing paddle on Mountain Island Lake, taking in the natural beauty while discovering the importance of this habitat to wildlife and human life. Meet at Latta Plantation Nature Center. Time on water is about one and a half hours

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Crews respond to major sewage spill in Charlotte

The Charlotte Observer

Date: 4/25/2018 5:56:00 AM

The spill happened because of a broken 30-inch sewage pipe near Oakdale Road. The site is nearer Mountain Island Lake than Lake Wylie, but the spill happened where Long and McIntyre creeks meet. Water flows from that point into Lake Wylie, along its

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Trees down, thousands without power after storms hit the Charlotte area

The Charlotte Observer

Date: 4/15/2018 11:17:00 AM

One hit a home five minutes west of uptown, on Marlowe Avenue off Wilkinson Boulevard. More were reported in the Mountain Island Lake area and in Huntersville, where 10 roads were blocked by fallen trees. Winds flattened a Huntersville barn, sending pieces

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• River: Catawba River
• Length: 61 Miles
• Surface Area: 3,281 Acres

The lake also supports Riverbend Steam Station by cooling the steam that drives the turbines and provides a dependable water supply for Mount Holly, Gastonia and Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina.

Mountain Island Lake is a lake northwest of Charlotte, North Carolina created in 1924 to coincide with the building of Mountain Island Hydroelectric Station. It is named after the mountain which appears as an island in the lake, and the surrounding area is identified by the lake's name. The shape of the lake follows the meander of the Catawba river's course, dammed near the Mount Holly Wastewater Plant. Full pond elevation is approximately 647.5 feet. The lake has around 3,281 acres of surface area and 61 miles of shoreline.
Mountain Island Lake is fed by the Catawba River, and is the smallest of the three man-made lakes that border Mecklenburg County, North Carolina (Lake Norman, and Lake Wylie). Mountain Island Lake is managed by Charlotte-based company Duke Energy. The primary function of Mountain Island Lake is to provide drinking water for over 800,000 residents of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, as well as Mount Holly and Gastonia, Gaston County. The lake is also accessible to the public for boating and fishing use. There are two boating access areas on the lake and a tailrace fishing platform for bank fishing in cooperation with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources is planning a consent order for Duke Energy plants on the lake which have left local groundwater contaminated with high levels of heavy metals such as arsenic and cobalt. The discharge has come from a lack of lining in older coal ash ponds containing namesake waste which threatens the water quality of Mountain Island Lake's ecosystem and has as of August 2013 warranted over $99,000 worth of fines.
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