Riverkeeper Report: Maple Creek cloudiness under investigation

Environmental, Sound Rivers

Posted on January 19th, 2023

Maple Branch is a tributary of Runyon Creek in Washington.

Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell was out in the field this week, looking for the potential source of pollution in a Washington waterway.

Last week, Sound Rivers received several reports from residents about Maple Branch, a creek that flows into Runyon Creek, which then flows into the Pamlico River. According to one report from a resident whose property abuts the waterway, Maple Branch had been running very cloudy for more than a week, which, they said, was really uncommon.

“I went out to investigate, and traced the source over a mile upstream to one of two potential properties,” Jill said.
Jill notified staff at the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, which said they’d send someone out to investigate.
This story will be updated with NCDEQ’s findings.

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