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North Carolina approves request to move millions of gallons from Catawba River

A North Carolina agency approved the request to permanently removeup to 10 million gallons of water daily from the Catawba and Yadkin riverbasins this afternoon, said Catawba Riverkeeper Donna Lisenby.

Lisenby, who was in Raleigh today for decision, is one of the most outspokenopponents of the water transfer. She said the decision marks a black day forthe Catawba River.

"The opportunity for a collaborative solution between the people of theCatawba River basin and Concord and Kannapolis is over," Lisenby said.

The two fast-growing, water-poor cities in North Carolina, originallyapplied for up to 36 million gallons of water a day from the river basins.

Officers of the N.C. Environmental Management Commission recommended lastmonth for that amount to be reduced to 10 million gallons a day.

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