Posted on 27 February 2015.
Water levels were lower than normal on Lake Norman in Aug. 2011, when near-drought conditions kept lake levels low. This photo was taken near Jetton Park in Cornelius. (David Boraks/CorneliusNews.net)
By JONATHAN COX
The 2007 drought left many Lake Norman docks high and dry, hurt the local tourism industry, and prompted the advocacy group American Rivers to rank the Catawba River as the most endangered river in the US. As the Lake Norman region’s growing population puts more pressure on water resources, officials are concerned that a similar drought in the future could lead to water rationing and drive away businesses and tourists.
At a forum last week hosted by the Lake Norman Chamber, Barry Gullet of Charlotte Water said the 2007 drought was a wake-up call.
“The drought taught us pretty quickly that the Catawba River is limited, and that if we keep doing the things we’re doing and if growth continues, we’re going to hit the capacity of the river by the middle of this century,” he said. Confronted with limited water resources, the Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group has created a master plan to ensure that the region has enough water to support economic and population growth until 2100. Read the full story
Posted in Lake Norman, Lake Norman, Planning & Development
Posted on 26 February 2015.
An elevation of the proposed Neighborhood Care Center. Click to go to the project page on the town website.
By JONATHAN COX
Grace Covenant Church is planning to renovate and convert a home at 19711 Smith Circle as a community center – called the CARE Center – to provide job help and other services to Cornelius families. The new center may open as early as this fall.
Grace Covenant’s pastor, the Rev. Farrell Lemings, said the CARE Center reflects a change in the church’s philosophy toward service.
“The church has said you come here and we’ll help you. We’ve had the model wrong. It’s not about you coming here, it’s about us going out and meeting the need,” Lemings said. Read the full story
Posted in Church news, Nonprofit news, Planning & Development