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State survey finds pollution in Upper Neuse basin

Posted February 26, 2014
Updated February 27, 2014

— Six rivers in the Upper Neuse River basin are slated to join the state’s list of polluted streams, due to the Environmental Protection Agency April 1. The list, known as the 303d list, includes all streams that have failed water quality standards and do not yet have a cleanup plan.

The state has sampled fewer than one-third of the nearly 13,000 streams in North Carolina, according to Cam McNutt, environmental technician with the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The EPA does not require a complete inventory.

DENR, he said, is focused on streams with point source discharges, such as wastewater treatment plant, and streams where they have access. County and city governments may test streams within their jurisdiction, as Raleigh does.

Every stream monitored under Raleigh’s volunteer monitoring program has tested positive for water quality problems, including bacteria potentially from human, pet, and wildlife feces or leaky sewer pipes.

WRAL.com has a content sharing partnership with Raleigh Public Record, a non-profit online news organization focused on coverage of Raleigh and local government. Read more on this story: Raleigh Public Record: Six Upper Neuse Streams Added to Polluted List


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