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Civil Penalty assessed for B&L Farms Lagoon Breach

Monday, September 28, 2020

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Division of Water Resources (DWR) issued the owner of B&L Farms a civil penalty assessment totaling more than $87,000. This is in response to the June 12 animal waste lagoon breach, which released an estimated three million gallons of animal waste in Sampson County.

Public Hearing Scheduled and Public Comment Period Begins for Proposed Removal of Swamp Classification in the Lower Cape Fear River

Friday, September 4, 2020

The Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Division of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct an online public hearing on October 20, 2020 to discuss the proposed removal of the supplemental Swamp (Sw) classification and a portion of a water quality management plan, for an area of the Cape Fear River located in Brunswick and New Hanover Counties (Cape Fear River Basin).The proposed actions would affect the Cape Fear River from the upstream mouth of Toomers Creek to a line across the river , between Lilliput Creek and Snows Cut, where the Intracoastal Waterway meets the river.

State Denies Water Quality Certification for MVP Southgate Pipeline

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Due to uncertainty surrounding the completion of the MVP Mainline project, the Division has determined that work on the Southgate extension could lead to unnecessary water quality impacts and disturbance of the environment in North Carolina.

State Officials Warn of Potential Algal Bloom in Chowan County

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The N.C. Division of Water Resources (DWR) is urging the public to avoid contact with green or blue water, specifically in the Albemarle Sound and adjoining waterbodies, after receiving reports of discolored water observed in Edenton, Rocky Hock and Elizabeth City. Division staff are monitoring the blooms and have sent samples to the Water Sciences Section for analysis.

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