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Martin Branch-Lick Creek update

Environmental, Neuse River Watershed, Sound Rivers, Stormwater Runoff, Water Quality

Posted on September 21st, 2023

Martin Branch on Sept. 19.

Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop was back in the field this week, checking the status of Martin Branch-Lick Creek, and just how much sediment is pollution these impaired waterways. See what she found this week in the video below!

Background: Martin Branch is a tributary of Lick Creek, which is a tributary of Falls Lake, the main source of drinking water for Raleigh. The creek is being polluted by fine clay soil pouring off of land that was forest, but is now clear-cut for the construction of a housing development. The Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of Sound Rivers, filed a lawsuit to stop the pollution on Sept. 7. Read more about the lawsuit here.

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