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Farmers and Waterways Need a Responsible Farm Bill

Family farmers deserve better Feeding our nation, supporting farmers, and protecting the environment are goals that can readily go hand in hand. But in order for that to happen, our federal government needs to support sustainable, responsible farming methods, and stop giving handouts to corporate polluters. Unfortunately, it is still unclear which path Congress will ...


North Carolina, we should have known better

One big lesson of Hurricane Florence: North Carolina has failed to learn from the recent past. As part of my job as an environmental lawyer at Waterkeeper Alliance, I look at a lot of post-hurricane photos of flooded cesspools the size of Olympic swimming pools at industrial swine operations. When I do, I always look ...


Hurricane-Impacted Communities, Allies Challenge Factory Farm Pollution Exemption from Federal Emergency Preparedness Law

Communities, local responders threatened by deadly pollution are being kept in the dark, ill-prepared for emergencies As North Carolina communities grapple with the pollution from industrial pig, chicken, and turkey operations that flooded during Hurricane Florence, community groups and an allied national coalition filed a legal complaint in federal court late Friday challenging a Trump ...


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 ...


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. ...


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Mapping Hurricane Florence

With rivers still rising in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, Catawba Riverkeeper Sam Perkins created this story map to give the public a sense of environmental hazards that might be vulnerable to flooding. The map includes locations of river flood gauges, coal-fired power plants, coal ash sites, rivers, the watersheds of local Waterkeeper groups, and concentrated ...


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Waterkeeper Alliance offering patrol opportunities in Florence impacted areas

Waterkeeper Alliance and Waterkeeper groups in the Carolinas are preparing to document the potentially devastating aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Waterkeepers will be monitoring conditions at coal ash pits, factory swine and poultry operations, and other pollution threats to the states’ waterways. Video and images will be available here. Hardest hit will likely be the Neuse, ...


Waterkeeper flyovers provide “before” images of N.C. coal ash ponds and animal waste cesspools

As Hurricane Florence threatens North Carolina and the southeastern U.S., Waterkeeper Alliance and North Carolina Waterkeeper groups are actively preparing to document the possible impacts of flooded coal ash ponds, industrial hog waste cesspools, and industrial poultry facilities on the state’s waterways. The organizations performed flyovers Wednesday to document pre-storm conditions at coal ash basins ...


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Lawmakers trample on property rights

Written by Will Hendrick, staff attorney for Waterkeeper Alliance, and Kemp Burdette, Cape Fear Riverkeeper.  This piece originally appeared in the July 7th edition of the Fayetteville Observer. Last month, the North Carolina General Assembly again voted to prioritize polluters over people when it overrode Governor Cooper’s veto and enacted the NC Farm Act, SB711. ...