Lake Norman History Update

Thanks to the hard work of 21 Environmental Studies students, there is more to read and explore about Lake Norman history.  The students divided into 8 groups for their research projects and with support from a Duke Energy grant launched into learning lake history by taping oral histories, reading issue after issue of old newspapers, pouring over photograph collections, interpreting government reports and more.

Environmental Studies majors and faculty at the 2014 commencement

Environmental Studies majors and faculty at the 2014 commencement

Instead of a traditional research paper, a digital twist was added with the students creating webpages for each topic. Check out their work and learn more about Lake Norman through timelines, videos and interactive maps.

WheJust what can you learn from their projects?

Davidson’s Lake Campus – what is it and how is it used?

Map showing location of the Lake Campus from the school

Map showing location of the Lake Campus

Demographic Changes – which counties around the lake grew the fastest?

Fishing – what are the major fish species in the lake and why aren’t striped bass among them?

Flood of 1916 – how much damage did it do and how did it change the river?

1916 headline for one of the 2 storms that brought 28 hours of rain, "64-Mile-Gale Hurricane Hits Carolina Coast"

1916 headline for one of the 2 storms that brought 28 hours of rain

Griffith Street – how are the lake and Exit 30 connected to changes in residential and commercial spaces on Griffith Street?

Lake Norman’s shoreline – do you  know what percentage of the shoreline is residential? industrial?

Non-Profits and the Environment – What are the ecological issues around the lake and what organizations address them?

the lake influence both environmental groups and housing, a bunch of boats docked on lake norman with a few houses in the background

Recreational uses of the lake influence both environmental groups and housing

Real Estate – When the lake go from fish camps to million dollar homes and why?

Congratulations and thank you to the first class of Environmental Studies majors. We hope you enjoy their work and learn something new.

Original Under the Lake website
Environmental Studies Lake Projects website

 

 

 

 

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