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What’s in a name? 19 Charlotte names and the people behind them

Date: 9/12/2016 3:02:00 AM

After he sold his stake in the company, he created the Little Italy Peninsula Arts Center on 300 acres at Mountain Island Lake to house open-ended residencies to regional artists (but went on to use it as a family compound). When his parents died

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A sip of Charlotte’s history, right up the road

Date: 9/12/2016 3:02:00 AM

Midas is open to the public for visits and direct sales Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. While Midas Spring Water sits along the shore of Mountain Island Lake, the drinking water supply for Charlotte, the water actually comes from an

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Harris Teeter To Build New Store In Riverbend Village

Wccb Charlotte

Date: 9/8/2016 7:32:00 PM

CHARLOTTE, NC– Tonight the first anchor store has been named for a large mixed-use development near Mountain Island Lake in Northwest Charlotte. Harris Teeter will open a roughly 76-thousand square foot store in Riverbend Village next year. Crews are

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Harris Teeter to open store and gas station in new NW Charlotte development

Charlotte Observer

Date: 9/8/2016 7:12:00 PM

Harris Teeter will be adding a store and gas station in a new development called Riverbend Village, a major mixed-use project in northwest Charlotte near Mountain Island Lake. The grocery store is expected to begin construction in 2017, according to a

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Mountain Island Lake drowning victim identified


Date: 9/4/2016 8:25:36 PM

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (WBTV) - The body of a man who drowned in Mountain Island Lake while attempting to save his teenage daughter on Monday has been found, 24 hours after he disappeared under the water. During a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, WBTV

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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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