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S ut legacymixing Small Stream From The Legacy At Jordan Lake, 2015 ummary of Findings and Conclusions
Based on a review of more than 1,200 publications from the peer-reviewed scientific literature, this final report reviews and summarizes the scientific
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evidence regarding the effects that streams, nontidal wetlands and open waters have on larger downstream waters such as rivers, lakes, estuaries, and oceans. The final report contains 5 major conclusions:

 The scientific literature unequivocally demonstrates that streams, regardless of their size or frequency of flow, are connected to downstream waters and strongly influence their function.

 The scientific literature clearly shows that wetlands and open waters in riparian areas (transitional areas between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems) and floodplains are physically, chemically, and biologically integrated with rivers via functions that improve downstream water quality. These systems act as effective buffers to protect downstream waters from pollution and are essential components of river food webs.

 There is ample evidence that many wetlands and open waters located outside of riparian areas and floodplains, even when lacking surface water connections, provide physical, chemical, and biological functions that could affect the integrity of downstream waters. Some potential benefits of these wetlands are due to their isolation rather than their connectivity. Evaluations of the connectivity and effects of individual wetlands or groups of wetlands are possible through case-by-case analysis.

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The Legacy, located on Big Woods Road, in Chatham, has been dumping mud into Jordan Lake for ten years. They have cleared hundreds of acreas on steep slopes and this is the result.

DSC 1796 One Of Many Small Streams On Chatham Park Land Take care of that little backyard stream. You could reap the benefits next time you draw some water from the tap or go for a swim at the beach.
An article published Tuesday in the journal Nature describes the critical role that small streams play in removing nitrogen pollution from fertilizers, farm-animal waste, septic tanks and fossil fuels before they reach large reservoirs and the ocean.

stwootensite It's time to close down the ST Wooten asphalt plant on Sugar Lake Road and remove the pollution.

Soil, groundwater, saprolite, and bedrock associated with the ST Wooten facility on Sugar Lake Road are now highly contaminated with industrial pollutants, and these pollutants are expanding outward from their sources. Although some contaminated soil has been removed from the site, significant pollution remains. Check out this site

welcometonc by RALEIGH – Faced with the threat of losing its federal permitting authority, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality said this week that it is working with federal officials to clarify their “misunderstanding” over the public’s right to challenge state-issued pollution permits.
Environmental advocates challenging two coastal permits on the public’s behalf say the misunderstanding lies with DEQ and how its lawyers are arguing the ongoing appeals.
The department was responding to a recent letter from an Environmental Protection Agency regional director warning the agency that if decisions in the cases unduly restrict the public’s ability to challenge state permits, then EPA can decide that the state is not meeting the minimum requirements of federal environmental laws. Like most states, North Carolina now issues permits and enforces those laws under an agreement with EPA. The agency could decide to rescind that authority. Read more here.

solarbeetippedHR The state has released its first assessment on whether Solarbees are improving water quality in the Morgan Creek and Haw River Arms of Jordan Lake. The results for the August 2014 – August 2015 period showed no change in the amount of cholorphyll a, and the pH has actually gotten worse.

R dothemathdurham ALEIGH North Carolina’s recent tactic of blocking citizens from challenging state permits for industrial polluters could result in a federal takeover of the state’s regulatory program.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has put state officials on notice that North Carolina’s strategy is putting the state at risk of losing its authority to regulate industrial water pollution and air pollution. Since receiving the warning two weeks ago, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality is downplaying the incident as a misunderstanding.

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sludge on field "Sludge In Our Waters" is a new report from Waterkeepers Carolina that investigates how industrial chemicals in municipal wastewater sewage sludge contaminate surface waters in North Carolina when it runs off of agricultural fields into streams.