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We Say: Drop the “Swampwaters” Classification of the Lower Cape Fear

According to observable facts, the lower Cape Fear River isn’t a swamp. According to North Carolina’s Environmental Management Commission, however, it is. The Commission in 2015 reclassified a 15-mile stretch of the river flowing past Wilmington, from the segment upstream of Toomers Creek to the line across the river between Lilliput Creek and Snows Cut, ...


Waterkeeper Groups Petition N.C. to Remove “Swamp Waters” Classification from Lower Cape Fear River

Waterkeeper Alliance and Cape Fear River Watch, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, petitioned today to remove North Carolina’s “swamp waters” classification from 15 miles of the Lower Cape Fear River flowing past Wilmington. The change would begin a process to reduce upstream pollution in the state’s largest and most industrialized watershed, pollution that ...


Proposed Changes to the Clean Water Act Would Imperil Iconic Waters

The Trump administration wants to strip lakes, streams, and other waterways around the country from protection by the Clean Water Act. The change would leave some of the nation’s iconic waters vulnerable to pollution. Among the waters in danger of losing protection: New Mexico’s Chaco River The Chaco River watershed, which is just south of ...