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Another legacy of the 2013 session: More polluted water

From the North Carolina Sierra Club:

“Legislature ends session with Jordan Lake bills

Jordan Lake bills signal tough times ahead for troubled lake

RALEIGH – Early this morning, the Senate gave final approval to

SB 515, a measure to further delay the rules intended to clean up Jordan Lake. Jordan Lake is a drinking water supply for more than 300,000 people in the Triangle.  Over the three years of delay, more pollutants will run into the lake making it more expensive and difficult to clean up down the road.

“We have a plan in place to clean up Jordan Lake.” said  Molly Diggins, state director of the NC Sierra Club. “ But now lawmakers in Raleigh have needlessly delayed that plan. Instead, they are diverting more than a million dollars from other clean water projects to pay for a pilot project that will not address pollution flowing into the Lake.”

The Jordan Lake rules are the means by which North Carolina, under the Clean Water Act, will achieve federally mandated targeted reductions in nutrient loading into the Jordan Lake reservoir. The binding agreement between the state and EPA, approved in 2007, calls for reducing the pollutants that are causing impairment of the lake.   

“We know how to clean up Jordan Lake – we need to limit upstream pollution. The pilot project is simply another way to delay cleaning up Jordan Lake to accommodate development interests.” said Diggins.

The NC Senate also today approved  S 315, Municipal Services, after over a week of calendaring and removing the measure.  S 315, Municipal Services would require Durham to provide water and sewer to the “751 South” project near Jordan Lake and eventually annex the property. The new development would increase runoff into Jordan Lake and destroy pollution-filtering wetlands.  

“Today’s vote on S 315 promotes and protects development interests at the expense of water quality” said Diggins.

Both Jordan Lake bills became bargaining chips, held to the very end of the session.

 

 

 

6 Comments

  1. Alex

    July 26, 2013 at 11:37 am

    It sounds like the world as we know it will come to an end after the 2013 session. I’ve never seen so much fear mongering in my life !

  2. david esmay

    July 26, 2013 at 11:45 am

    The world won’t come to an end, but all of our lives have been diminished by the NC GOTP.

  3. Alex

    July 26, 2013 at 11:55 am

    My guess david is that your life has probably been diminished much more with 6 years of Obama, but sadly few people even know it.

  4. RJ

    July 26, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Alex, did Obama get inaugurated in July 2007? I guess I forgot about that and his being in charge when the world’s financial system almost collapsed leading to the longest, deepest recession in 4 generations. I guess I also forgot that it was all Clinton’s fault what with the CRA and all. I guess if I were you I’d want to forget the GWB years also…

  5. HI McDonough

    July 26, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Alex and his fellow GOPers will be the first to scream in a few years when our taxes are raised to clean up the lake.

  6. RJ

    July 26, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I wonder what Republicans in Cary, Apex, Holly Springs etc think about the degredation of their drinking water from Jordan. It was built for flood control, not drinking. And what of all the grandiose plans for the huge development just west of Pittsboro? Folks are going to move from Silicon Valley to start high tech bizzes and live here and drink from a polluted mudhole?

    But I guess if it spites Democrats, water pollution is just another term for FREEDOM!