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Hurricane Season: With No Changes on Industrial Farms, N.C.’s Not Ready

Crystal Coast Waterkeeper Larry Baldwin shot the photo below from a small plane over North Carolina on Sept. 17, 2018. Look closely to the right of the truck, and you’ll see a pump from an industrial hog operation that’s piping raw hog waste into floodwaters following Hurricane Florence. It’s a visual example of how $15 ...


We have technology to manage hog waste better. We need to use it

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s Hurricane Florence Recovery Recommendations included $75 million to either buy out industrial animal operations in the 500-year floodplain or help them, in the words of the report, “convert to better technology.” The pork industry has been adamant that no such technology exists. But it does. Even after 36 open cesspools ...


Florence Flooded Poultry Operations with 1.8 Million Birds

NEW BERN, N.C. – The heavy rains and high waters after Hurricane Florence flooded 35 industrial poultry operations in North Carolina housing an estimated 1.8 million birds, according to a new investigation by Waterkeeper Alliance and the Environmental Working Group. The state estimates it spent $11 million disposing of dead poultry following the hurricane. The ...


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New Map Details Extreme Rainfall and Risk of Flooding on Thousands of North Carolina’s Hog and Poultry Facilities

Analysis of Operations in and nearby Floodplains Reveals the Potential Inundations of Thousands of Waste Cesspools Holding Hundreds of Millions of Gallons of Manure and Urine Hurricane Florence’s torrential rains pelted parts of North Carolina that are home to more than 1,500 industrial animal operations with over 1,000 nearby waste storage cesspools. These operations have ...


Analysis Finds Toxic Levels of Arsenic in Neuse River Water Following H.F. Lee Coal Ash Spill

Water sampling of the Neuse River conducted on behalf of the Upper Neuse Riverkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance following the coal ash spill at Duke Energy’s retired H.F. Lee Plant found levels of arsenic nearly 18 times higher than the North Carolina standard for drinking water supply and fish consumption. The standard for drinking water supply ...


Waterkeepers Document Devastation: Florence in Photos

Waterkeeper Alliance and Waterkeeper groups in the Carolinas documented the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Florence. As soon as it was safe to do, Waterkeepers were in the air, on the ground, and on the waters monitoring conditions at coal ash pits, industrial swine and poultry operations, and other pollution threats to the states’ waterways. Disasters ...


A Fish Kill on Greenfield Lake

For more than a century, Greenfield Lake has been a popular recreation destination just a few miles from historic downtown Wilmington, NC. The 75-acre waterbody became a local hotspot shortly after the Tidewater Power Company extended its trolley lines in 1912. Recreational boating and fishing remain common activities at Greenfield Lake to this day. Born ...


Waterkeeper Calls for Stricter Coal Ash Storage Regulations in the Wake of North Carolina Spills

As the massive coal ash spill at Duke Energy’s L.V. Sutton Power Plant contaminates the still-rising Cape Fear River, Waterkeeper Alliance is calling for more stringent national and state regulations on coal ash, the top source of toxic water pollution in the country. “What concerns me most is that the Cape Fear River is projected ...


In Florence’s Wake, More South Carolina Dams Fail

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has confirmed that eleven dams have failed in the state this week in the wake of Hurricane Florence; bringing the total dam failures in the state to more than 80 in just three years. That number may continue to rise as people return to impacted areas ...


Waterkeepers Identify Multiple CAFO and Coal Ash Spills Following Hurricane Florence

Waterkeeper Alliance and Waterkeeper groups across North Carolina have identified multiple releases of pollution from industrial animal operations and coal-fired power plants as a result of flooding from Hurricane Florence. Staff from Waterkeeper Alliance, Sound Rivers, Haw Riverkeeper, and French Broad Riverkeeper discovered multiple releases of coal ash from inundated ponds at Duke Energy’s H.F. ...