Official NC Sierra Club statement on Jordan Lake rules

The Triangle’s population is booming, with new construction beginning every day. This rapid pace of growth has had an adverse effect on the health of local water sources. In response to these issues the Environmental Management Commission will hold public hearings to take comment on proposed rules to clean up Jordan Lake. The first hearing is 6:30 Thursday the 12th in Carrboro at the Century Center. The other two will be in Elon next Tuesday the 17th.

The North Carolina Sierra Club supports these rules but would like to see a speedier timetable for the requirement that wastewater treatment plants upstream from the lake reduce nitrogen. Sierra Club believes that change should take effect in 2011 rather than 2016 as currently proposed in the rules.

Statement of NC Sierra Club Chapter Chair Pat Carstensen:

“We need to take forward looking measures now to ensure a future healthy water supply as the Triangle grows,” says Pat Carstensen, chair of the North Carolina Sierra Club. The Sierra Club joins the Chapel Hill Town Council and the Chatham County Board of Commissioners in expressing its strong support of the proposed rules.

For more information contact Molly Diggins, chapter director of the North Carolina Sierra Club, at 919-833-8467 or visit http://cleanjordanlake.org/

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