Riverkeeper: Johnston development polluting stream
Posted February 27, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Despite repeated complaints and filings from the Upper Neuse Riverkeeper to the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources, a development in Johnston County continues to pollute Mark's Creek with sediment.
The Riverwood development in Johnston County, owned by the Fred Smith Company, has been polluting Mark’s Creek with sediment since May. Caviness and Cates, a company developing some of the Riverwood sites, has also failed inspections.
Neuse Riverkeeper Matthew Starr described it as a “mud river,” flowing off of the property and into Mark’s Creek, a tributary of the Neuse.
Starr said, in spite of filing repeated complaints with DENR since May of 2013 the pollution continues.
Starr said, “I’m not sure if DENR lacks the resources or the will” to enforce the state’s Sediment Pollution Control Act of 1973, the act that regulates mud, dirt, and silt flow from land-disturbing activities. Sediment is still the number one pollutant in NC rivers, as it was when the Act was passed into law.
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