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for Independent Weekly Vol. 28 Issue 18, May 2011
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Falls Lake is required to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's most basic water classification determined by the Clean Water Act--that it be swimmable and fishable. But the lake doesn't meet that standard. Since 2010, Falls Lake, including the lower portion where Raleigh gets its drinking water, has failed state and federal water quality standards. The Falls Lake rules are supposed to fix that.
House Bill 129 was passed by the Senate recently and it prevents local governments from creating their own broadband services by making it financially impossible. Local governments cannot not use tax dollars to build their own systems , would have to pay the state if they decided to try to create their own service, and hold referendums before attempting to create a service. Watchdog groups question the influence of telecommunications companies’ campaign donations on lawmakers who proposed the bill.
This is the first article in a series about the economic, political, and social issues facing the Rolling Hills/Southside neighborhoods in Durham. The neighborhoods have been neglected for decades by the city and investors. There is a proposed plan to renovate the neighborhoods at the cost of $48 million dollars. City officials say the plan is socially complex and financially risky and residents are wary to trust the city after failed promises.
Rules to cleanup Falls Lake are set, but the important source of water remains a mess. The water is not swimmable or drinkable and does not meet water quality standards set by the EPA. Raleigh and Durham are fighting over who is responsible and who will pay for the cleanup. Durham questions whether the cleanup is worth the cost and Raleigh supports the cleanup and plan as Falls Lake supplies water to the city. The details of the plan, the history of the disaster, and the fight over it are explained.