Catawba Basin Upland Watershed Observatory: A Partnership for Long-Term Water Research and Education

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Gastonia, NC

This initiative will establish the Catawba Basin Watershed Observatory, a long-term outdoor laboratory that will monitor water resources, and document the environmental history and any changes that occur in the areas under study. The observatory will be located at Redlair, an approximately 1,200-acre property preserved in Gaston County along the South Fork of the Catawba River.

Counties Impacted:

  • Gaston
  • Mecklenburg

​Long-term monitoring of small watersheds will provide invaluable data regarding water resources for the region, as well as an opportunity for K-16 educators to employ real-life examples of how water, the climate and the landscape are connected.

-Dr. Martha-Cary Eppes



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