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Upcoming Events

March 4-19, Eastern NC: Walk To Protect Our People And The Places Where We Live
Join APPPL for a Walk along the NC ACP route. The walk will begin in Northampton County, and end in Richmond County near Hamlet. Details.

Weigh in on closure plans for Riverbend Steam Station: March 16, 6PM (sign up to speak at 5:30PM) at Gaston College, Myers Auditorium, 201 Hwy. U.S. 321, Dallas.

March 26, 9AM-4PM, UNC Asheville: western NC stream volunteer training. RSVP to (828) 357-7411 / Eqilabstaff@gmail.com. $15-20 Donation requested, but not required. View more information.

March 27, 6-8PM, Boone: Water Justice Forum. Sponsored by Department of Sustainable Development and the Sustainability and Environmental Education Club at ASU. Presentations by Dr. Kelsey Pieper, VA Tech, and Katie Hicks, CWFNC. Details.

Public Water Systems Show Little Appetite for Privatization, Despite Hefty Debts

by Jennifer Weaver, Water & Energy Justice Researcher

In recent weeks, CWFNC has been looking into the challenges that North Carolina’s publicly owned water utilities face as they try to maintain the present systems and plan for the future – all while keeping it possible for water customers to pay.

We made contact with town and county managers handling systems that are struggling financially, and, in several cases, have also received water quality violations. We . . . → Read More: Public Water Systems Show Little Appetite for Privatization, Despite Hefty Debts

Challenge Filed to Mining and Energy Commission Authority to Overturn Local Ordinances

For immediate release Contact: Hope Taylor, Executive Director, Clean Water for NC 919-401-9600

On May 1st, Clean Water for North Carolina, a statewide environmental justice group that focuses on community empowerment, filed a constitutional challenge to the NC Mining and Energy Commission’s right to overturn local government ordinances by preemption. Such ordinances are created by local governments to protect their communities from the impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Residents of three counties (Chatham, Anson . . . → Read More: CWFNC challenges Mining and Energy Commission’s Authority to Overturn Local Ordinances

New Branch of ALEC Seeks to Further Erode Local Authority

ALEC money

Asheville and Buncombe County residents stand up for local decisions about the drinking water system

During the last two legislative sessions, North Carolina lawmakers showed an unusual interest in interfering with local government affairs. Among other things, they tried to take away Charlotte’s authority over their own airport, Asheville’s authority over their own water system, and forced Durham to extend water and sewer lines to a private development that was outside of the city’s master . . . → Read More: New Branch of ALEC Seeks to Further Erode Local Authority