Lake neglect and lake abuse…

17 July 2013

Jordan Lake in North Carolina has not received the care and attention that was afforded to it via legislative decree (plus the responsible authority is trying to have the legislation repealed.  This type of wilful neglect is, regrettably, globally common as politicians continue to duck and dive around doing whats right so that they can suck up to Big Business (see below).

In other news, a short-sighted idea to dose Newton Lake in Philadelphia with a copper-sulphate chemical has raised some suspicions amongst local residents.  And so it should, its a stupid idea.  The reports are a bit confusing as they mention use of a pesticide, whereas I am pretty sure they mean herbicide.  Anywho, they should do more research and find out why the use of copper-containing herbicides are banned for aquatic application in many countries.

Jordan Lake:

Force State Government to Clean Polluted Lake


Target: North Carolina General Assembly

Goal: Implement legislation that passed years ago to clean out severely polluted Lake Jordan

The North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation in 2009 that was supposed to prevent pollution from contaminating Jordan Lake. However, after four years the changes outlined have not yet been put into effect. Demand the safeguards outlined in 2009 are finally implemented to help clean out Jordan Lake.

Jordan Lake is a vital part of the nearby community; it provides drinking water for over 300,000 citizens of North Carolina. On top of this, it provides a source of entertainment through boating, fishing, swimming, and other water sports. Pivotal for both its resources and its enjoyment, Jordan Lake must be free from pollution for the sake of the people who rely on it.

Nitrogen and phosphorous pollution from upstream are prevalent in the lake, resulting in terrible smells, algae blooms, and numerous beach closings. The waste that cities dump in the water makes purification necessary for a healthy lake. The pollution present has threatened the safety of the water to an alarming extent, and has been allowed to continue for far too long.

The North Carolina Senate created legislation to prevent this pollution from continuing to flow into the lake back in 2009, but more than three years later none of the steps outlined have been implemented. This is a direct result from the General Assembly putting off implementation, which has now led to them trying to pass a bill to repeal the 2009 legislation that originally passed. Republican lawmakers in the state cite the lack of improvement from the lake as a sign that the legislation is not working; such an argument when none of the steps outlined in the legislation have been implemented is downright illogical.




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