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Hurricane Matthew Aftermath

Environmental

Posted on February 16th, 2017

Hurricane MatthewIn the days leading up to, and immediately following Hurricane Matthew, your Riverkeepers mobilized on the ground, on the water, and in the air to assess the damage and provide reports to regulators, the public, and local and national news outlets. Highlighting these efforts, Matthew Starr, your Upper Neuse Riverkeeper, identified Duke Energy’s illegal discharge of coal ash into the Neuse River at the HF Lee facility in Goldsboro.

From the air, your Riverkeepers conducted more than 30 hours of investigation, identifying flooded swine and poultry CAFOs for referral to State regulators, documenting the flooding of coal ash storage ponds and a failed levee at HF Lee and escorting local and national news reporters as they covered the devastation caused by our second 500 year flood in 17 years.

Researchers from NC State and UNC will be evaluating the Neuse and Pamlico Estuaries this year to see how our Rivers will respond to the doubling of annual nutrient pollution caused by the flood.

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