Jill’s investigation in November
After Jill’s report to DEQ
Your Pamlico-Tar RIVERKEEPER® Jill Howell responded to a community complaint in November, when a local paddler saw a newly constructed culvert (concrete pipe) on the banks of the Tar, whose construction had impacted the buffer and caused erosion along the streambank down to the water’s edge.
Jill investigated the issue and reported it to the NC Department of Environmental Quality. DEQ issued a Notice of Violation; as a result, issues at the site have been corrected, as Jill saw on a recent visit to check on it.
Also this week, our Upper Neuse RIVERKEEPER® Matthew Starr documented what appears to be an illegal bypass and discharge from a concrete plant in Raleigh into Pigeon House Branch and reported it to city and state regulators. We’ll keep you updated on this issue going forward.
Your eyes and your reports to your RIVERKEEPERS® are critically important to keeping your watershed healthy and beautiful. Thanks so much to the community members who let us know about the issues they saw! If you need to report an issue you see on your waterways, you can use our online form here.