Commentary

“SolarBees” a bust: Who could have seen this coming?

Solar beeIn case you missed it, officials in the McCrory administration’s Department of Polluter Protection (aka the Department of Environmental Quality) have finally given up on the harebrained “SolarBee” scheme for cleaning up Jordan Lake. As you will recall, the “Solar Bees” are solar powered water mixers that were supposed to clean the lake’s water by stirring it up rather than, as has long been recommended by experts, keeping pollutants out of it in the first place.

In response, the good people at the N.C. League of Conservation Voters issued the following statement last night:

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality announced today it would discontinue the Jordan Lake SolarBee project. North Carolina League of Conservation Voters Director of Governmental Affairs Dan Crawford released the following statement regarding the confirmation of the inevitable failure of the McCrory administration’s $1.3 million experiment:

“For two years Governor McCrory has been wasting taxpayer money on an experiment he was told would fail. Hundreds of thousands of people depend on Jordan Lake for their drinking water and it’s time for Gov. McCrory and legislative Republicans to stop wasting time, stop wasting money and start cleaning our water. Everyone knows water runs downhill and it’s always best to address a problem at its source, so maybe Gov. McCrory will start taking advice from people instead of polluters and reinstate the Jordan Lake Rules. Considering he has an abysmal record of choosing cronyism over common sense, I’m not holding my breath.”
 
Background:

 

One Comment


  1. T. Paine

    May 6, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    $2,000,000,000. Two. Billion. Dollars.
    Jordan Lake watershed communities would need to shoulder to implement the Jordan Lake Rules as previously written. The North Carolina [Department of Environmental Quality] showed impressive resolve and common sense with the [project] suspension. We understand it was no easy decision for them… but it was the right one. There is no magic pill for anything that ails a natural system. Watershed management is a piece of the puzzle as is in-reservoir treatments such as circulation. We all are a part and not one the whole [sic].

    [modestly adapted from http://lakes.medoraco.com/jordan-lake%5D

Check Also

NC Policy Watch to host Charlotte Crucial Conversation on future of school integration

Join us Wednesday, October 30 for a very ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

North Carolina Republicans are using procedural arguments to dismiss the relevance of the U.S. House [...]

A troubled charter school in the Rowan County town of East Spencer has turned to a man with a checke [...]

Nearly half of the female students at UNC-Chapel Hill have experienced some form of sexual assault b [...]

Despite concerns, Treasurer Dale Folwell maintains state investments in much-criticized company that [...]

When the journalist Michael Kinsley wrote in 1984 that a gaffe “is when a politician tells the truth [...]

Tonight's Democratic presidential debate will be dominated by two urgent issues: the House of R [...]

Supporters of public education fight back against empty promises of state’s school privatization mov [...]

Survey of hold-out states indicates the Medicaid expansion debate has entered a new phase Across the [...]