Updated Water Quality Standards Needed in NC
Federal law requires states to review water quality standards every three years — North Carolina last did this in 2006. Now years behind, the NC is accepting comments on these standards although it is admits that it has no plans to change any standards until the end of 2015, at the earliest.
Inadequate and outdated water quality standards in North Carolina are allowing dischargers to legally pollute our water even though recent science shows that NC standards are inadequate, EPA is recommending new standards and most dates have updated their water quality standards to be at least as stringent as the EPA recommendations. The result of this foot-dragging is that 2/3 of the water segments tested in the Catawba basin fail to meet federal standards for fishing, swimming and as a source of drinking water.
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Learn More about Water Quality Issues in the Catawba Basin
- Transportation issues
- Smart Growth
- Point Source Pollution
- Power Plants
- Non-Point Source Pollutions
- Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)
- Golf courses, farms, nurseries, logging, outdoor storage of pesticides & herbicides
Learn More about Water Quality in North Carolina
- "Bacteria chokes ecosystems," from the Charlotte Observer
- "Cause of Massive North Carolina Fish Kill Identified," from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NOAA National Ocean Service)
- "Fish kill continues on Neuse River," from the New Bern Sun Journal
- "Fall fish kill hits Pamlico," from the Washington Daily News
- Learn more about fish kills on the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resource's webpage.
- Learn more about algal blooms on the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resource's webpage.
- Learn more about Falls Lake, Jordan Lake, and other Wake County water issues on WakeUP Wake County's website.
Learn More About North Carolina's Triennial Review of Water Standards
- View a fact sheet about the Triennial Review.
- Learn more about NC’s water quality standards on the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resource's website.
- Learn more about the Environmental Protection Agency’s national recommended water quality standards.
- Read more about the latest Department of Environment and Natural Resources proposals that were stalled in 2010.