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Environmentalists highlight legislation that could undermine gains made in protecting NC water quality (w/ video)

This morning in Wake Forest, the mayor of Morrisville is joining the Upper Neuse Riverkeeper and a prominent water resources scientist near the dam at Falls Lake to highlight water quality protections that could be jeopardized by pending legislation in the General Assembly.

Here’s more from the NC Sierra Club:

The policy in question is protection of the state’s natural buffers along waterways.  The buffer rules were put into place after the massive fish kills of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s on the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico Rivers. Buffers were chosen as the best way to protect our most polluted rivers because natural buffers are the cheapest, fairest and most simple way of filtering pollutants before they flow into waterways.

Pending proposals include H 44, Local Regulatory Reform 2015, which would drastically weaken the current buffer requirements and allow clear cutting of land next to our most sensitive waterways. The measure is pending in a joint conference committee between the two chambers.

Grady McCallie with the NC Conservation Network is also worried about how pending legislation (in this case both House Bill 44 and House Bill 765) will damage the buffers that provide natural protections for our streams and watersheds.

Click below to hear McCallie discuss the legislation on News and Views with Chris Fitzsimon. A podcast of McCallie’s full radio interview with Fitzsimon is available here.

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