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.

Updated Water Quality Standards Needed in NC

CRF Executive Director Rick Gaskins outside Triennial Review Hearing

Inadequate and outdated water quality standards in North Carolina are allowing dischargers to legally pollute our water even though recent science shows that NC standards are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.

We need your help to spur NC DENR to follow through and strengthen our clean water standards now. Send your message in support of strengthening our clean water standards by clicking on the link below: 




Learn More about Water Quality Issues in the Catawba Basin 

      • Transportation issues
        • Power Plants
        • Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)
        • Golf courses, farms, nurseries, logging, outdoor storage of pesticides & herbicides 

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Learn More About North Carolina's Triennial Review of Water Standards

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Tell your Riverkeeper if you see:

  • Sewage Overflows
  • Failure to control sediment from construction sites
  • Illegal clearing of buffer areas
  • Fish kills 
  • Unpermitted discharges
  • Other issues that concern you

Click here to fill out a pollution reportor to report water pollution to Catawba Riverkeeper by phone, call 1-888-679-9494 or 704-679-9494.  In addition, to informing your Riverkeeper, you should also report spills or contamination to federal, state and local environmental officials.

To report South Carolina water pollution call 1-888-481-0125.

To report North Carolina spills or fish kills, call your local regional Department of Environment & Natural Resources office during normal business hours (704-663-1699 for most Catawba basin areas or (828) 296-4500 for Burke, Caldwell, McDowell and other mountain counties) or 800-858-0368 after hours.  (For more information on NC spill reporting, click here)

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