Lake Norman’s Shorelines

Introduction:

This site provides an examination of the Lake Norman shoreline, and how it is protected. Lake Norman is the largest body of water in the Catawba-Wataree Watershed, and the largest lake in North Carolina. With a shoreline of 520 miles and an area of more than 50 square miles, Lake Norman is actually an inland sea. The shoreline of Lake Norman is a vital area to focus on protecting, because it represents a boundary between the lake ecosystem and the anthropogenic pollutants that surround it.

This large body of water is relatively clean, and the surrounding pollutants have been managed to prevent significant degradation. Despite this, the sheer size of the Lake Norman, and the diverse range of uses along it’s shoreline, have created the need for a range of management organizations and policies.

The Lake Norman shoreline is under the jurisdiction of four North Carolina counties, Mecklenburg, Iredell, Catawba, and Lincoln. It is also managed and protected by both Duke Power, the corporation responsible for the creation of the lake, and FERC (the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.)

These organizations have created a range of classifications for the shoreline, which determine how shoreline is treated. These classifications consider both current and possible future uses of shoreline, to assist planning responsible development.

Shoreline Classifications

Shoreline Classifications

Further reading:

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Comprehensive Project Bibliography: 

Anonymous
2014 Poly Zone Coated Pine Pilings. Electronic document, http://www.americanpoleandtimber.com/img/21_POLY_Zone_Coated_Pine_Pilings.jpg, accessed April 1, 2014.

Anonymous
2014 Urban Runoff. Electronic document, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_runoff, accessed April 5, 2014.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
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Anonymous
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Anonymous
Gasoline Spill. Electronic document, http://sustainablewater.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/11/gasoline-spill-11638779.jpg, accessed April 5, 2014.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
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Anonymous
Septic System. Electronic document, http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6046/6330991964_0920a7e8f8_o.jpg, accessed April 4, 2014.

Catawba County
2014 Catawba County Seal. Electronic document, http://libraries.davidson.edu/uln/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/03/catawba.png, accessed April 7, 2014.

Catawba River Keeper
2014 Coal Ash. Electronic document, http://www.catawbariverkeeper.org/issues/coal-ash, accessed March 16, 2014.

Catawba River Keeper
2014 Lake Norman Page. Electronic document, http://www.catawbariverkeeper.org/our-work/covekeepers/lake-norman-page, accessed March 2, 2014.

Catawba River Keeper
2014 Overview of Sewage Issues. Electronic document, http://www.catawbariverkeeper.org/issues/library-of-documents-on-sewage-issues-and-treatment/overview-of-sewage-issues, accessed April 1, 2014.

Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation
2014 Lake Norman Page. Electronic document, http://www.catawbariverkeeper.org/our-work/covekeepers/lake-norman-page, accessed April 1, 2014.

Duke Energy
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Duke Energy
2014 Lake Norman. Electronic document, https://www.duke-energy.com/lakes/facts-and-maps/lake-norman.asp, accessed March 5, 2014.

Duke Energy
2014 Norman. Electronic document, https://www.duke-energy.com/pdfs/norman.pdf, accessed April 7, 2014.

Duke Energy
2014 Overview. Electronic document, https://www.duke-energy.com/catawba-wateree-relicensing/process-overview.asp, accessed March 1, 2014.

Duke Energy
2014 Shoreline Management Plan. Electronic document, https://www.duke-energy.com/catawba-wateree-relicensing/shoreline-management-plan.asp, accessed February 20, 2014.

Duke Energy
About the Catawba-Wateree. Electronic document, https://www.duke-energy.com/catawba-wateree-relicensing/about-cw.asp, accessed March 1, 2014.

Duke Energy
Project Overview. Electronic document, https://www.duke-energy.com/catawba-wateree-relicensing/relicensing-interests.asp
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Duke Energy and FERC
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EPA, US
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FERC
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FERC
2013 What FERC Does. Electronic document, http://www.ferc.gov/about/ferc-does.asp, accessed March 23, 2014.

Iredell County
2014 Iredell Country Seal. Electronic document, http://libraries.davidson.edu/uln/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/03/iredell.png, accessed April 7, 2014.

Lincoln County
2014 Lincoln County seal. Electronic document, http://libraries.davidson.edu/uln/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/03/lincoln.png, accessed April 7, 2014.

Mecklenburg County
2014 Mecklenburg County seal. Electronic document, http://libraries.davidson.edu/uln/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/03/meck.png, accessed April 7, 2014.

Mecklenburg County
2011 Protecting Our Lakes. Electronic document, http://charmeck.org/stormwater/creekslakesponds/lakes/documents/protectinglakewaterquality2011.pdf, accessed April 1, 2014.

Mecklenburg County Water Quality Program, Land Use and Environmental Service Agency
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Morano, Eloise
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NCDCR
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NCDENR
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North Carolina State University
Stream Notes: Riparian Buffers. Electronic document, http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/programs/extension/wqg/sri/riparian5.pdf, accessed March 15, 2014.

Ospar Commission
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Photography, Portland Oregon
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Recreation, N.C. Division of Parks and
Lake Norman State Park. Electronic document, http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/lano/main.php, accessed March 1, 2014.

Robertson, Bob, and et al
How to Install Posts in the Water for a Dock or Pier. Electronic document, http://www.wikihow.com/Install-Posts-in-the-Water-for-a-Dock-or-Pier, accessed March 10, 2014.

Shoemaker, Monica
Damon Point Before Piling Removal. Electronic document,http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/reeltimenorthwest/Damon%20Point%20before%20piling%20removal%20%20Photo%20Monica%20%20Shoemaker%20DNR.jpg, accessed April 4, 2014.

Supply, Utah Biodiesel
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USACE
2014 Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Electronic document, http://www.usace.army.mil/, accessed February 28, 2014.

Vance, Katherine
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