Duke Energy pled guilty for nine misdemeanor violations of the federal Clean Water Act in May 2015. In prior months, the company dumped 39,000 tons of ash in the Dan River, causing Duke Energy to come under scrutiny.
Part 1 of this two-part series on the Dan River discussed the stream from its Virginia headwaters along the Blue Ridge Parkway to Hanging Rock State Park in Stokes County. Part 2 follows the river from the park to Kerr Lake.
A study by the North Carolina Division of Water Resources says that anticipated industrial development and increased agricultural irrigation could have a heavy impact on surface water resources in the Dan River Basin over the next three decades. Development of water resources in the basin must be carefully planned to maintain adequate streamflows and water quality.