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Bringing Sampling Equipment — And Moral Support — to the Bahamas, After Dorian

Christian Breen, Waterkeeper Alliance field investigator, and Pete Nichols, Waterkeeper’s organizing director, spent five days in late September assisting Waterkeepers Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.  Their presence, by itself, was a comfort to Rashema Ingraham, executive director of Waterkeepers Bahamas and Bimini Coastal Waterkeeper. The official Bahamas death toll for the hurricane stands ...


Rebuilding after hurricanes, rethinking where infrastructure is built

Hurricane season doesn’t end until November 30, but as we assess the damage done so far by 2018’s hurricanes, it’s clearly time to rethink what we build in vulnerable areas, where industry and infrastructure failures can make natural disasters even more dire. The human toll has been devastating. Hurricane Florence and its aftermath killed 53 ...


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 ...


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. ...


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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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Cape Fear Riverkeeper Reports “ongoing failure” at Sutton

Cape Fear Riverkeeper Kemp Burdette, who is on site at Duke Energy’s Sutton Power Plant investigating breaches at the Sutton coal ash landfill, reports that there are at least two sections of the site with overflows. As of 9:45 a.m., both breaches were “very large,” according to Burdette, and a “waterfall’ actively pouring out. Mr. ...


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Waterkeeper Alliance responds to Sutton coal ash spill

Following Duke Energy’s disclosure of a coal ash release at its L.V. Sutton Power Station outside Wilmington, N.C. on Sept. 15, 2018, Donna Lisenby, global advocacy manager of Waterkeeper Alliance, released the following statement: “Duke Energy knows the toxic coal ash at 14 of its plants in North Carolina is a threat to our waters, ...


Cape Fear Riverkeeper Investigating Sutton Coal Ash Release

Cape Fear Riverkeeper Kemp Burdette is investigating a coal ash release of unknown size at Duke Energy’s Sutton Power Plant in Wilmington, NC. The release occurred when Hurricane Florence flood waters washed coal ash from a landfill near Lake Sutton. Although 2,000 cubic yards of material was displaced—enough to fill 150 dump trucks—Duke Energy officials ...