American Rivers responds to contamination in North Carolina’s Yadkin River Basin
Statement by Gerrit Jobsis, Southeast regional director for American RiversMay 1st, 2009
<P>Peter Raabe, 919-682-3500<BR>Gerrit Jobsis, 803-771-7114</P>
“We are very concerned about the contamination of the Yadkin River basin that has come to light over the past several months. The fact that the state of North Carolina posted a fish consumption advisory in February for Badin Lake, which serves as Albemarle’s drinking water supply and is a major recreation hotspot, is extremely troubling.
“We anxiously await the results from the State Department of Water Quality’s ongoing tests. It is critical that we know the full scope of the contamination in the river system and that a plan is implemented quickly to clean up pollution and protect human health. Those parties responsible for any contamination should be identified, and they should be held accountable for the cleanup.
“The Yadkin River is one of the longest rivers in North Carolina and supports many communities and economies with recreation and drinking water supplies. Tens of thousands of people depend on the Yadkin River, and its health must be a priority.”