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While the public perceives municipalities and industries as the main river polluters, sediment is the major culprit. The General Assembly passed the Sedimentation Pollution Control Act in 1973. It was upgraded in 1997 to address points not covered.
House Bill 44 may allow developers to bulldoze right up to river banks, getting rid of important vegetative buffers that protect rivers and fish.
After environmentalists fought the construction of a dam on the New River, it was added to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System in 1976. Many houses were then built on the banks of the river because of its beautiful scenic reputation. Critics claim today that preventing the dam inadvertently caused development on the river, ultimately undercutting its beauty.
The North Carolina Division of Environmental Management’s Water Quality Section is preparing to implement a river-basin wide strategy for protecting surface water quality. The strategy will integrate information from water quality and biological monitoring, wastewater discharge permitting, and nonpoint source pollution control efforts to give regulators a complete picture of water quality conditions in each of the state’s river basins.