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One major change to local homes can make them weather ready, experts say


Date: 7/14/2017 3:45:00 PM

Mountain Island Lake resident George Fleszar is still hauling off branches from his home after storms packing 70 mile per hour winds ripped through his neighborhood. He told Channel 9 he has to get a new roof because of the storm. “The ridge vents are

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No Swim Advisory Lifted For Mt. Island Lake

Wccb Charlotte

Date: 7/12/2017 8:31:00 AM

UPDATE: The “No Swimming” advisory for McDowell Creek Cove on Mountain Island Lake has been lifted. The ban was originally issued on July 10, 2017. HUNTERSVILLE, NC — It could be days until swimmers are allowed back in a portion of Mountain Island Lake

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Expansion on menu for this Charlotte breakfast chain

The Business Journal

Date: 7/12/2017 12:02:00 AM

That project is located in the Mountain Island Lake community. It will have 320,000 square feet of retail space, as well as office and residential units. “That area is ripe for development,” says Robert Maynard. Famous Toastery expects to to invest

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9 Investigates: Charlotte Water failed to quickly notify officials of wastewater discharge


Date: 7/11/2017 7:03:00 PM

MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. - For two days Charlotte Water failed to notify Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services officials of the discharge of partially treated wastewater into Mountain Island Lake, county officials said Tuesday. The failure delayed

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No swimming in part of Mountain Island Lake after discharge of wastewater

The News & Observer

Date: 7/11/2017 5:37:00 AM

People are being told not to swim in the McDowell Creek Cove of Mountain Island Lake in Mecklenburg County after partially treated wastewater was discharged into the lake. An advisory issued Monday said approximately 58,000 gallons of partially treated

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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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