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 24 February 2015.
Frank Jordan has been in the limousine business for 29 years (Jonathan Cox/CorneliusNews.net)
By JONATHAN COX
In 1986, Davidson town staff told Frank Jordan the town didn’t need a taxi service. He tried anyway, and 29 years later he is still operating Lake Norman Airport Transportation, a taxi and shuttle service that drives passengers to and from the airport.
Today no one would dispute that the Lake Norman area needs shuttle services. And the options are now many – from limos to sedans to 15-passenger vans. While some offer amenities such as bottled water and suited chauffeurs, there also are no-frills options for travelers in need of a ride.
The number of shuttle services has expanded as new businesses have opened in the Lake Norman area and more people move to the region. Demand keeps these shuttles busy ferrying travelers along I-77 to Charlotte-Douglas International A, which has become the sixth-busiest airport in the country. Read the full story
Posted in Business, Transportation