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Reporting Pollution?

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#1 Guest_Creekwalker_*

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 10:31 AM

How do I go about reporting pollution?

On Saturday I drove by a popular trout stream (Snowbird Creek) here in western North Carolina that was running red, filled with clay run-off.

I have driven by this stream many many times in all kinds of weather and it is clear that someone is doing construction without adequate silt fences, etc.

The stream is adjacent to USPS land and I just reported it to the phone operator at the district office (Cheoah Ranger District).

Any other ideas as to what I should do? EPA?

Edited by Creekwalker, 23 August 2011 - 10:32 AM.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 10:59 AM

NC Division of Water Quality
Asheville Regional Office
2090 U.S. Highway 70, Swannanoa, NC 28778
Tel: 828-296-4500
Water Qual Supervisor: Roger.Edwards@ncdenr.gov


#3 Guest_nativeplanter_*

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 11:27 AM

For E+S issues in NC...


#4 Guest_Casper_*

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 12:59 PM

If you dont report it who will?

It would have been interesting to drive upstream til you find the site... and suprising at how small it could be. I have done that twice and it is overwhelming, disgusting.

It kills our fish, potentially smothering all the life in that long stretch of stream, the bugs, micro critters that the fish need.

Tell the authorities and hopefully they will get out there and do something about it pronto before the next rain.

TAKE PICTURES as proof right then, because the next day or so it will not be obvious from the banks, only when you are in the water snorkeling and seeing all the settled, smothering red mud.

#5 Guest_Creekwalker_*

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 02:27 PM

I just sent Mr. Edwards an e-mail. Thanks for the help!

#6 Guest_rjmtx_*

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 03:48 PM

Emails are good and all, but call them. Don't be done with it until you actually talk to someone. Casper's right about taking pictures, too. As stated above, doing some of your own footwork is not a bad thing, either. I deal with plenty of fish kills down here (thankfully almost always just due to low DO), and it is much appreciated when people give us accurate and concise details on fish kills and other problems.

#7 Guest_Creekwalker_*

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 04:00 PM

Unfortunately I had just used up my camera batteries, and now I'm 100 miles away. Hindsigbt!

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