The Haw River Paddler
“Out of the millions of spheres in the universe, the one we call Earth is ours …. We live here. That places a responsibility on us.” Sinio Esteve
JORDAN LAKE, NC – Educational Event
On the eve of Memorial Day weekend, when the lake is likely to be pack full of visitors, non-profit groups hosted a media event at Jordan Lake. The groups spoke to their concerns of what happens to the lake if rules that have already been delayed that are intended to improve the water quality of the impaired waterway, are never implemented. Speakers at the event were available for interview by several TV stations after the event.
The location provided a great view of the lake. The event was coordinated by the NC Sierra Club, the Haw River Assembly, Environment North Carolina, and WakeUP Wake County.
Background information on the Jordan Lake Rules:
Jordan Lake is the drinking water resource for 300,000 North Carolinians. Rapid population growth, expanding sprawl, and agricultural pollution have lead to dangerous levels of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in the lake. The Environmental Management Commission first adopted rules to clean up Jordan Lake in 2008. In 2009, the legislature passed compromise legislation to reduce upstream pollution and clean up the lake. Upstream developers and municipalities continue to fight these rules while other communities complied in good faith. The North Carolina Senate recently voted to eliminate the rules. The House is now considering doing the same.
Note: The above information was taken from a press release by Dustin Chicurel-Bayard, Communications Director for the North Carolina Sierra Club.