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Catawba River Voices



*Monday, August 11 at 8:00 pm on the SC Channel

“Catawba River Voices” is a documentary on the past and future of the Catawba River and explores the history as far back as when it was known as "The Garden of the Waxhaws."  The program tells the river's story through the memories of a seventh-generation descendant of original settlers, Native Americans who depended on it and an African-American who has farmed along the river since the 1940s.

Included in the program are stories about the glory days of Duke Energy when the company was a major employer building ambitious dam projects.  Other stories include memories of Springs Park, a playground for Springs Industries employees set on the edge of the river.

The program focuses on preservation of the river especially because in 2008, it was named a scenic river and simultaneously cited as the nation’s most endangered river.

The program is produced by John Bullington.  The program was funded by The Audubon Society and Toyota, and inspired by the Katawba Valley Land Trust of Lancaster, SC that protects more than 8,000 acres along the Catawba River Valley. 

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