Neuse Riverkeeper weighs in on future Durham development

Environmental, Neuse River Watershed, Stormwater Issues, Stormwater Runoff, Water Quality

Posted on September 7th, 2023

On Aug. 31, Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop attended a public hearing for the joint Durham City/County Comprehensive Plan that will determine future development in the area for the next 30 years.

“The hearing was a show of force from the Durham community. Folks from Preserve Rural Durham organized more than a dozen people to come speak about impacts to the southeast Durham watershed, and many talked about environmental impacts and water quality,” Sam said.

Sam spoke about the threats that rampant development poses to water quality and how it is currently affecting waterways such as Martin Branch, a tributary of Lick Creek, which is a source of drinking water for Raleigh.

On the day of the hearing, Sam took water samples from Martin Branch and documented the sediment-filled water pouring from a housing development site into the small waterway.

Sam’s turn to speak during the public hearing can be found at the 1:37 mark in the video of the hearing.

See what Sam recorded on Martin Branch on Aug. 31 in the video below.

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