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Upcoming Events

September 9, 1:30PM-5:30PM, Clean Water for NC’s Regional Summit on Impacts of Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Wilson, NC. Advance registration required: register at tinyurl.com/ACPsummit.

Duke Energy Progress Rate Hike Hearings, Sept. 12-Oct. 12, statewide:

Rockingham: Sept. 12, 7:00 p.m.: Richmond County Courthouse, Courtroom A, 105 W. Franklin Street

Raleigh: Sept. 25, 7:00 p.m.: Commission Hearing Room 2115, Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury Street

Asheville: Sept. 27, 7:00 p.m.: Buncombe County Courthouse, Courtroom 1A, 60 Court Plaza

Full schedule and talking points – Click here!

October 1, 9a.m.-4p.m., UNC Asheville: WNC Stream Monitoring Volunteer Training. For more information or to RSVP, contact (828) 357-7411 or staff@eqilab.org. $15-20 Donation requested, but not required (material costs).

Want to Help Hurricane Harvey and Irma Victims?

UNICEF

UNICEF’s priorities include providing safe drinking water to communities affected, as well as providing psychosocial support to affected children and their families, and to restore education through the rehabilitation of schools and the establishment of child-friendly centers.​ ​​Pre-positioned emergency supplies in Barbados and Antigua will be rapidly distributed in coordination with national authorities ​for those most affected by Hurricane Irma​​.

​Oxfam America

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Oxfam is assessing the needs of the most vulnerable people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.​ ​Oxfam teams in Cap Haitien, Ouanaminthe and Gonaive, in the northern part of
the Dominican Republic, have the necessary stock for cholera prevention.

Heart to Heart International

Heart to Heart Internationals disaster team and Mobile Medical Unit are prepared and were pre-positioned to help as Irma made landfall
in Florida. Haiti medical teams that are experienced with Hurricane Matthew are responding after Irma’s bands of rain released rain on northern Haiti. Cholera is the main concern right now.​ ​The organization is also in Houston assisting with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Direct Relief

Direct Relief has supplied Florida with 14 propositioned Hurricane Preparedness Packs, the most of any state in Direct Relief’s hurricane readiness program. The packs contain enough medicines and supplies to treat 100 patients for 3 to 5 days.

Sept. 9: Regional Summit on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Important update: after carefully considering the expected path of Hurricane Irma , we know that many of our registrants and potential attendees are very concerned, so we are postponing our Regional Summit. We’ll post more information on this page as soon as the new date is chosen!

Clean Water for NC’s Regional Summit on the Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline:
Preventing Harms to Eastern NC’s Water, Air, Communities and Environmental Justice

Saturday, September 9, 1:30 – 5:30 PM, Light Refreshments
Wilson Community College, Del Mastro Auditorium
902 Herring Ave E, Wilson, NC
Advance registration required!

Register here by Sept. 7 at 6PM: tinyurl.com/ACPSummit

$5 CWFNC Members/Students/NCEJN Partners
(Enter NCEJN in “organization” field if applicable, for discount)

$25 Non CWFNC Members (Includes one year membership)

Presentations include:

  • Cathy Kunkel: Energy Analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, lead author of 2016 report on overbuilding of unneeded gas pipelines and the impacts on communities and utility ratepayers.
  • Jacqui Patterson: National NAACP director, Environmental & Climate Justice Program, on disproportionate impacts to vulnerable communities and the safe energy choices that would create more jobs and economic benefit without harming climate.
  • John Runkle: Environmental Attorney, will discuss the recent circuit court decision requiring to evaluate climate impacts, and the implications for the ACP.
  • Landowners from NC: How the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is already impacting our lives and land.
  • Native American Speakers: Eastern North Carolina’s Indigenous Groups and the damage to environmental rights, heritage lands and sacred sites.
  • Oshin Paranjape: Duke University, on the ACP “Blast Zone” and how it endangers residents close to the pipeline.
  • Therese Vick: Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, will speak on dangers and health impacts of proposed compressor station in Northampton County.

Questions? Contact (919) 401-9600 or hope@cwfnc.org

Who should attend: residents, local and state officials, scientists, non-profits and NC Enviornmental Justice Network partners from across the state concerned about the potential environmental, health and community consequences of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline!

**There will be NO admission at the door. Pre-registration ends September 7th at 6:00 pm sharp.

We’re keeping an eye on Hurricane Irma, whose path is still unclear. We will notify you by noon on September 7 if it looks like the storm might create problems for travel to our Regional Summit.

New CWFNC Report on Atlantic Coast Pipeline Blast Zones

Aug 15, Raleigh—Groups working closely with residents along the route for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) will speak about the dangers they will face if construction of the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline is allowed to go forward, as a new report from Clean Water for North Carolina is released. Speakers showed enlarged images of “High Consequence Areas” along the proposed route in their counties, and the extent of “blast zones” around them. Hundreds of landowners in the construction corridor, and at least 943 feet from the center of the pipeline, would be at risk of severe damage and injury or death in case of a pipeline leak, explosion or fire.

Hope Taylor of Clean Water for North Carolina presented the context for the report “High Consequence Areas, Blast Zones and Public Safety Along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline,” including images for a site in Northampton County, and implications for residents all along the pipeline. She and Ericka Faircloth will also talk about High Consequence Areas in Nash, Cumberland and Robeson Counties. Read the full report here.

High Consequence Area in Nash County

Image of blast and evacuation zones around a High Consequence Area in Nashville, Nash County, near where Governor Cooper grew up.

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League has sent a formal letter to the North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association regarding the challenges faced by First Responders in the mostly rural counties targeted by the ACP. Significant incidents, including explosions and fires are happening with increasing frequency on pipelines across the US, according to the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Therese Vick presented the key concerns in the letter, which is available to read here.

What’s in Your Well? The Importance of Routine Testing!

by Olivia Eskew, Summer Duke Stanback Intern

Olivia Eskew, summer internFor the past 3 months, I have collected interview-based and literature review data on the status of well water quality and testing in North Carolina. My goal was to provide informative and brief outreach materials for each county environmental health department to better inform county residents on their well water quality, and for Clean Water for NC to use in our ongoing outreach efforts!

Did you know the state of North Carolina has the second highest number of individuals, 3.3 million, who rely on well water for their source of drinking water, behind only Pennsylvania? Although most groundwater is safe to drink, there are many sources of potential contamination of groundwater, and no requirement for routine testing! It is important for well users to test their water regularly, yet most wells in North Carolina have never been inspected or tested for more than coliform bacteria.

Common Misconceptions

Click here to learn about common misconceptions regarding well water quality and potential contamination.

Common Contaminants

Common contaminants in NC groundwater include total coliform, arsenic, manganese, sulfur, and lead. Too much of any contaminant – even a naturally-occurring one – can be harmful to human health.

How to Move Forward: What Can You Do?

Wells

Wells in North Carolina come in all shapes, sizes, and depths!


A) Call your local environmental health office and ask for the well program, or contact Clean Water for North Carolina if you are unsure of the appropriate point of contact for your area.

  • Get advice from your local well program on local contaminants, and/or explore the NC Source Water Assessment map to identify potential sources of contamination near you.
  • If your well was installed before July 2008, or if it was installed after 2008 but you have reason to believe your well water quality has changed, we recommend a full well panel sampling, inclusive of bacteriological and inorganic tests.

B) Groundwater Protection — Do not put chlorine in your well as part of routine maintenance. This should only be done if the well has been opened or to address bacterial contamination. Do an annual visual assessment of the well head in which the well seal should be airtight. Properly cap abandoned wells; otherwise, they present a safety hazard and a potential source of contamination.

C) Sampling Suggestions