impaired waters

a map pinpointing the location of the Gar-Mac Dairy farm in Lincoln County ,NC

35K gallons of cattle waste spills in Lincoln County, near creek that is already impaired

BY: - June 8, 2023

At least 35,000 gallons of untreated animal waste was released from the Gar-Mac Dairy farm in Lincoln County, sending contamination into an unnamed tributary that flows to Indian Creek and the South Fork of the Catawba River, according to the NC Department of Environmental Quality. The discharge occurred on June 6 and 7 because of […]

Through DEQ water quality grants, there’s a way to help the world (or at least your part of it)

BY: - March 4, 2022

Third Fork Creek is a modest waterway that starts in a historic Black neighborhood south-central Durham and moseys through predominantly white areas of Hope Valley until it joins New Hope Creek south of Interstate 40. From there, New Hope Creek flows into Jordan Lake, the drinking water supply for 700,000 people. The new houses. The […]

Monday numbers: A closer look at the state’s impaired, polluted waters

BY: - January 31, 2022

If you linked all the miles of impaired streams and rivers in North Carolina end to end, they would extend from the mountains to the sea four times. Add the total acreage of the state's impaired lakes, reservoirs and estuaries, and the breadth would equal nearly 2,000 golf courses.

This Week in Pollution: DEQ, enviro commission still squabbling with EPA over impaired waters list

BY: - March 10, 2017

The Environmental Management Commission squeezed its denunciation of an EPA decision from six pages into two, but the message to the feds remained the same: You’re wrong. For several months, the EMC, in concert with the NC Department of Environmental Quality, have been squabbling with the EPA over the scientifically sound way to determine if a body of water […]