Press Releases

Invasive Species Sold in N.C. Pet Stores Could Impact Water Resources

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Wildlife Resource Commission (NCWRC) and Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (DA&CS) are alerting citizens who recently purchased aquarium plants. Specifically, moss balls, an aquatic plant used in home aquariums, were found to be contaminated with an invasive and potentially destructive, fresh water species called zebra mussels.

N.C. Environmental Management Commission to Meet March 10-11

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission (EMC) will meet remotely Wednesday and Thursday, March 10-11, 2021 by teleconference. The public is invited to attend the meetings online or by phone. Agendas are available here.

Division of Water Resources Issues Notice of Violation to DC Mills Farms, Inc.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Division of Water Resources (DWR) issued a Notice of Violation and Intent to Enforce to DC Mills Farms, Inc. related to a December 21 animal waste lagoon failure. Due to the lagoon failure, DC Mills Farm released an estimated one million gallons of untreated animal waste in Jones County.

State investigating the release of hog waste from lagoon failure in Jones County

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Division of Water Resources (DWR) is investigating the structural failure of a hog lagoon at DC Mills Farm in Trenton that resulted in the release of approximately one million gallons of untreated animal waste.  DWR is investigating the cause of the failure and will take enforcement action to hold the appropriate parties accountable based on the results of that investigation.

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