Waterkeeper Alliance: Hog waste contaminating rivers in the east - WNCT

Hog waste contaminating rivers in the east

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GREENE COUNTY, N.C. -

Several environmental groups and water quality experts say raw hog waste is contaminating waterways in the East.

Crews were on the scene of a creek in Greene County on Sand Pit Road off Highway 58 collecting samples on Friday. Larry Baldwin with Waterkeeper Alliance tells 9OYS hog waste discharge may be threatening the Contentnea Creek in the Neuse River Watershed.

A passerby gave him a call when he noticed the color and odor of the water. Baldwin says he knows which facility the hog waste came from, it's owned by Murphy Brown. He says he's not sure who the operator of the facility is yet.

"It is very, very toxic. and it has no business being in our waterways," said Baldwin.

Crews say there are several environmental concerns including bacteria, E Coli, and high levels of Nitrogen and Phosphorous. Baldwin says there are also concerns about the waste leaking into the ground water, which would affect anyone who uses well water in that area. Baldwin tells us civil charges are likely.

It's unknown how many gallons of hog waste may have contaminated nearby creeks, Baldwin said.

 

 

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