Data from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality backs up what Sound Rivers’ Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop already knew: Lick Creek has a sedimentation problem.
“DEQ has gone out to the sites that we have visited in the Lick Creek watershed and have their own results of sampling for the first two rounds,” Sam said. “Those results support the findings that we have been documenting since last fall: that there are levels of turbidity far above state standards in waterways that are being impacted by land-altering developments ongoing in the area.”
Because Same has been reporting her results to DEQ, and community members have also reached out to the state agency, DEQ investigated. Now, the Division of Water Resources has passed of its findings to the North Carolina Division of Energy, Mining and Land Resources, which is responsible for sediment and erosion control oversight. DEMLR will do its own on-site analysis to determine where the sediment is coming from, then meet with DWR to determine a plan for enforcement.
“In the meantime, we’re continuing to record these issues and will be until this ongoing problem is addressed,” Sam said.