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NC Senate Is Putting The Health of Our Waters At Risk. TAKE ACTION!

NC Senate leaders have put the health of our waterways at risk. They have included a sneaky provision in the budget (not a place for policy) that would repeal the pollution control strategies for the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico Rivers and threaten ten years of work put into a pollution control strategy for High Rock Lake on the Yadkin River. Ask them to remove section 14.13 from House Bill 1030 (Budget).

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Watershed Protection for the Yadkin

Watershed Protection can provide a low cost solution to improve water quality and protect drinking water for cities like Winston-Salem, whose water comes primarily from the Yadkin River.

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What To Do About a Problem Like Stormwater?

The North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (“NCDENR”) ranked the drinking water source provided by Salem Lake has having high contaminant and susceptibility levels. In the following map, the Lower Salem Creek Watershed is labeled as number three, and is ranked as the third watershed in the Yadkin Basin for susceptibility to stressors and pollution.

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How Healthy is High Rock Lake?

High Rock Lake is a 15,000-acre reservoir on the Yadkin River and is the second largest lake in North Carolina after Lake Norman. At present, High Rock Lake is impaired for chlorophyll-a, due to nutrient over-enrichment. While this fact may give you cause for concern, it may also leave you with a question. What does it mean to be impaired for chlorophyll-a and what is nutrient over-enrichment?

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