“A great way to unify efforts in a waterbody is by helping communities develop plans with water quality in mind.” – Riley Lewis, Waterkeeper
There are several waterbodies in the White Oak River Basin that are classified as “impaired waters” which means the waters are heavily polluted by at-least-one type of pollutant. Under the Clean Water Act, the State of North Carolina is required to regulate pollutants surrounding these streams. One mitigation strategy that can help locally is to create coastal resiliency plans for towns and cities. These plans assess pollution sources and develop preventative measures that local areas can implement.
CCRW is working with partners and stakeholders in the White Oak River Basin to assess water quality impacts and prioritize restoration actions.
Coastal community resiliency planning and facilitating collaborative stakeholder processes is part of that program. The CCRW Waterkeeper works to connect local governments with resources to update current plans and ordinances that will protect water quality.