Sedimentation and Erosion Control Issues

This section contains information about sedimentation and ersosion control issues as well as materials related to the Muddy Water Watch Training Program.

Overview of Sedimentation Problems in the Catawba Basin
Information and pictures about sedimentation and erosion control problems in the Catawba Basin.
Economics of Low Impact Development
Muddy Water Watch Fact Sheet
What we would like from developers
EPA News Article on the Muddy Water Watch Program
State and Local Sedimentation Enforcement Staff in N.C.
Contact information for state and local sedimentation and erosion control enforcement personnell in North Carolina.
N.C. Case Law regarding Sedimentation
WITESIDE ESTATES, INC., Plaintiff, v. HIGHLANDS COVE, L.L.C., Defendant - Case outlining the law regarding action to recover the repair and restoration costs for plaintiff’s creek and lake property caused by the sedimentation emanating from defendant’s property.
Sedimentation and Erosion Control Enforcement Staff in NC
The contact information for staff responsible for enforcing the sedimentation and erosion control regulations throughout North Carolina.
S.C. Muddy Water Watch Materials - Table of Contents
Table of contents of materials for SC Muddy Water Watch classes.
S.C. Muddy Water Watch Materials - Preface
Preface to SC MWW materials.
S.C. Muddy Water Watch Materials - How to Use This Manual
S.C. Muddy Water Watch Materials - Introduction
Introduction with headings
S.C. Muddy Water Watch Materials - Understanding permits
Understanding permits
S.C. Muddy Water Watch Materials - Evaluating a Site
S.C. Muddy Water Watch Materials - Site Report Card
S.C. Muddy Water Watch Materials - S.C. Pollution Control Act
S.C. Pollution Control Act
S.C. Muddy Water Watch Materials - Erosion & Sediment Reduction Act of 1983
S.C. Erosion & Sediment Reduction Act of 1983
S.C. Muddy Water Watch Materials - S.C. Forest Management Act
S.C. Forest Management Act
S.C. Muddy Water Watch Materials - Rock Hill ordinance
Rock Hill Sedimentation and Erosion Control Rules
Sedimentation Issues in Mountains of Western N.C.
Special measures designed for steep slopes are required to address sedimentation problems in the upper portion of the Catawba Basin. The following slide presentation and video provide information about the problem of controling sediment on steep slopes and potential solutions.
EPA Issues Rule to Reduce Water Pollution from Construction Sites
EPA announced on November 23, 2009, that it was tightening the standards for sediment. Despite a successful lawsuit by Waterkeeper Alliance requiring the EPA to require numeric limits, we felt it might take many years for the states to actually require it because EPA was dragging its feet. It still might, but this push from the EPA might encourage this sooner rather than later. We are interested in legislation in sediment legislation for 2010 and this could possibly help us push for new legislation. Effluent limits might not be possible through legislation but getting better ground cover requirements and other measures to control runoff that gets us closer to accomplishing sediment reductions effluent limits hope to achieve in the long run. Sediment pollution is the number one water pollution problem in North Carolina.
NASCAR Legend Can't Use Boat Due to Sedimentation
Bobby Allison chose to live on Lake Norman because he likes to fish. However, recent development near his home has filled his cove with sediment. The problem is due to regulations that are inadequate to prevent sediment from leaving construction sites and inadequate to give regulators the authority to require polluters to fix the mess they create.
Brown's Cove on Lake Wylie is Filling With Sediment
Brown's Cove on Lake Wylie is filling with silt from the new development around it, including housing, construction of I-485 and a runway at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
PCO Comments Catawba Riverkeeper, Sustain Charlotte, Sierra Club, Charlotte Tree Fund
Comments on the fee-in-lieu option in the Post-Construction Stormwater Ordinance (PCO); this allows developers to pay a fee for stormwater controls elsewhere rather than comply with the PCO onsite. Stormwater needs to be controlled onsite for a multitude of reasons described in these comments.
Muddy Water Watch Erosion Sediment Control Field Guide Best Management Practices
This is a helpful field guide to have on-hand when evaluating a site for possible issues and violations regarding sediment and erosion control.
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Jan 25, 2017 NC Riverkeeper Report
From the perspectives of 12 NC Riverkeepers, this report discusses how multiple environmental issues pose challenges in the pursuit of clean, plentiful water. Whether you are in North Carolina or downstream in South Carolina, read this report about the state of environmental enforcement.
Dec 13, 2016 Community Foundation of Gaston County grants $5,000 to CRF for Riverkeeper Program
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Dec 12, 2016 A Successful Launch of our Water Education Program at Great Falls Elementary
Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation in partnership with 4-H Clemson Cooperative Extension successfully completed our pilot Education Outreach Program with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students from Great Falls Elementary.
Sep 27, 2016 Lake Wateree Fall Cleanup a Sweeping Success
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Help protect your River! 

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 report or 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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Fish Advisories

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Fish consumption advisories have been issued throughout the Catawba-Wateree River basin.  Many of these advisories are the result of testing initiated by Catawba Riverkeeper and confirmed by state and local officials.  For a chart identifying fish types with the applicable advisories for the Charlotte area, click here.   For more information about the fish advisories, click here.

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