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No swimming advisory for part of Lake Davidson. Griffith Street runs along the bottom of the map

Update: No swimming advisory lifted on Lake Davidson

July 10. A no swimming advisory has been lifted for a cove on Lake Davidson after results from routine water quality monitoring revealed elevated bacteria levels. There was not a sewage spill. Lake Davidson is separated by I-77 from Lake Norman. The elevated bacteria levels are most likely associated with natural conditions and high temperatures, […]

Wastewater spill near Holiday Lane

July 9. Charlotte Water crews responded to a wastewater overflow near 20109 Holiday Lane in Cornelius last night. An estimated 515 gallons reached a cove east of I-77. The overflow was caused by debris clogging pumps at a wastewater lift station, not underground cable installation,

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No swimming advisory will be lifted today after 5th spill this year

June 17.  By Dave Yochum. A no-swim advisory for a cove that lies between Meta Road and Natalie Road will be lifted today after 600 gallons of raw sewage spilled into the lake Wednesday. Charlotte Water confirmed the spill was due to a cable sub-contractor. Typically any negative impacts to water quality dissipate within 24 […]

Sewage spill on Meta

No. 5: Another sewage spill, this one on Meta

June 16. By Dave Yochum. There’s been another sewage spill into the lake—this one involving 600 gallons that reached a cove off Meta Road. Charlotte Water confirmed the spill was due to a cable sub-contractor. A no-swimming advisory has been issued. At 9 this morning workers were digging up and down Meta, including directly in […]

Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day Saturday at Davidson Farmers Market

April 22. The Town of Davidson is digging in for Earth Day. Activities at the Farmers Market on Saturday April 23 include music by Papa Grey Beard, cooking demonstrations and information on how to have a wildlife-friendly yard. There will also be free native pollinator plants and seeds, not to mention information on solar power, […]

Carolina Thread Trail map

Carolina Thread Trail has new 15-county, interactive map

Dec. 27. The Carolina Thread Trail has a new interactive online trail map, with nearly 500 miles of publicly accessible trails and greenways, not to mention river trails for paddling. The redesigned website has information about free recreation opportunities across 15 counties in the Greater Charlotte region filtered by location, type of activity, difficulty and […]

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Charlotte Water responds to wastewater spill on Peninsula Club

Sept. 29. A relatively small sewage spill occurred in the 18500 block of Peninsula Club Drive, not far from The Peninsula Club. Charlotte Water said roughly 50 gallons of wastewater reached Lake Norman, out of a total of 75 gallons that spilled. A contractor accidentally broke a low pressure sewer pipe that conveys waste from […]

Wastewater spill near Jetton

Aug. 26. There’s been a small wastewater overflow in Cornelius, this one behind 16607 Jetton Road. An estimated 24 gallons reached Lake Norman. Many homes along the lake are served by low pressure sewer systems. A contractor accidentally broke a low pressure sewer pipe that conveys waste from a home. A total of 94 gallons […]

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The little Venus flytrap, native to NC, needs a leg up

Aug. 6. By Dave Yochum. The Venus flytrap—the iconic carnivorous plant that traps insects in its leaves—is at risk of becoming extinct. They’ve been in all kinds of movies, from Nosferatu (1922) to Little Shop of Horrors (1986) but who knew Venus flytraps hailed from North Carolina? Turns out, they only appear naturally within a […]

No swimming marker on Paradise Cove

No fines for sewage spills on Paradise Cove

July 14. By Dave Yochum. Neither private contractor responsible for sewage spills on June 29 and July 12 on Paradise Cove will be fined according to sources at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services. The county-wide agency “typically does not assess penalties for first time offenders where there is no indication of negligence or intent.” —On July […]