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Report: State just spinning its wheels with “solar bees” in Jordan Lake

Here’s some shocking news: the big eggbeaters that North Carolina’s political leaders had touted as an alternative to the costly and time consuming (but proven) pollution control methods that had been planned at one time to clean up the Triangle’s Jordan Lake are, in a word, a “bust.”

This is from the Department of Environmental Quality’s preliminary report after a year of solar powered water churning:

“There were no statistically significant differences in pH and Chl a values at all three project treatment versus control site comparisons during SolarBee deployment, with the exception of significantly higher Chl a concentrations at the Haw River project site compared to its control site. Morgan Creek project area sites had the same or lower percent exceedances for both pH and Chl a than their control sites in New Hope Creek, but all were above water quality impairment criteria. The Haw River project area site had higher percent exceedances for both pH and Chl a than its control site. These preliminary results indicate that nutrient related water quality conditions did not significantly improve in areas of the lake where SolarBees were deployed.”

Who would have guessed?

No word yet on whether the report will cause state officials to reconsider their harebrained delaying tactic toward what needs to be done. If the response of conservative politicians to any number of far more dire environmental problems plaguing the state and the world are any indication, there’s reason for concern.

2 Comments


  1. Jack van Dijk

    November 20, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    How do we (individual citizens) sue the state of nc for the water quality?

  2. Mike Holland

    November 23, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Great work! btw… just for easier reading, please consider not using Chl a in future, but in stead spell it out, “chlorophyll A” and use a non-scientific standard capital A instead of lowercase, which is much less confusing to the average reader. Also, for readability and understanding, phrases like “lower percent exceedances” are lost on a general audience… give us scientist MUCH less time at the mic and try paraphrasing most of what we say and only use the least amount of scientific jargon, if you can afford to.

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