Mountain Island Lake

NORTH CAROLINA


Lake Level
97.49 FEET
7/18/2018
Full Pool: 647.5
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Rulings Mean Consumers Could Pay Billions For Coal-Ash Cleanups

WFAE

Date: 7/6/2018 11:02:00 AM

Listen Listening... 4:52 A big transformation is happening at Duke Energy's retired Riverbend Steam Station on Mountain Island Lake northwest of Charlotte. The 1920s powerhouse is being demolished, wa

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N.C. city readies for growth with redevelopment projects

The Business Journals

Date: 7/5/2018 11:42:00 PM

In the mid-’90s LaBella completed the Mountain Island Lake Raw Water Intake Project which also included transmission mains and a pump station. This system transferred the city’s primary raw water sour

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Hungry bear crawls through car window, gently moves kids’ car seats, and finds a snack

The Island Packet

Date: 6/27/2018 4:27:00 PM

Don't run and don't turn away from the bear." A video of a black bear running down a street in north Charlotte near Mountain Island Lake is getting attention online. Bear encounters such as the one in Gatlinburg are more common this time of year as bears

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Hungry bear crawls through car window, gently moves kids’ car seats, and finds a snack

The Charlotte Observer

Date: 6/27/2018 4:27:00 PM

Don't run and don't turn away from the bear." A video of a black bear running down a street in north Charlotte near Mountain Island Lake is getting attention online. Bear encounters such as the one in Gatlinburg are more common this time of year as bears

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Video: Black bear spotted near Mountain Island Lake

MSN

Date: 6/22/2018 5:29:00 AM

A video of a black bear running down a street in north Charlotte near Mountain Island Lake is getting attention online. Sandra Tuck said she was leaving her grandmother's home … Click to Continue » AdChoices YOU MAY LIKE Sponsored Links by Microsoft

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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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