Mountain Island Lake


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Kayak Tour, Lobster Brunch: Huntersville This Weekend

USA Patch

Date: 9/19/2018 1:56:00 PM

There is live music, a kayaking tour on Mountain Island Lake, an arts festival in Cornelius and, if you're hoping for one last taste of summer, a lobster brunch. Want to post your next

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Verdun Mountain and Nadina Lake fires 100 per cent contained

BC Local News

Date: 9/17/2018 11:27:00 AM

Area restriction orders in effect A series of area restriction orders remain in effect in the Northwest Fire Centre for the Verdun Mountain, Island Lake, Cheslatta Lake, Nadina Lake, Hautete (Morrison

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Charlotte City leaders: ‘We made it through the storm’


Date: 9/17/2018 11:23:00 AM

So where we may have flooding on Mountain Island Lake, we dropped that to about six feet over a period of days." While the city slowly gets back to normal, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles is concerned some o

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Florence’s Toll: Baby Killed by Tree, Rescue Workers Search for 1-Year-Old Swept Away

Government Technology

Date: 9/17/2018 8:37:00 AM

Duke is also monitoring Mountain Island Lake, a major source of the region’s drinking water. But Crawford said Duke’s fears of flooding there have eased for now due to tapering rainfall in that part o

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Rescue workers find body of 1-year-old swept away in Union County

News & Record

Date: 9/17/2018 8:28:00 AM

(EDITORS: STORY CAN END HERE) Duke is also monitoring Mountain Island Lake, a major source of the region’s drinking water. But Crawford said Duke’s fears of flooding there have eased for now due to ta

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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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