Poop in our water? No thanks!

Mark your calendar...November 22nd is the deadline for comments on proposed new rules on animal waste management in NC that will affect our rural communities and our waterways. Here are some talking points. Don't hesitate to contact us at Winyah Rivers for more information. Send comments by e-mail to: (Put “2T 2U Comments” in the subject line)

Pure Farms Pure Waters

Industrialization and concentration has changed the face of animal agriculture in North Carolina. The amount of production has increased while the number of farms has decreased: ~2.6M hogs house in 15,000 hog farms in the mid-1980s; by 1997, the hog population had ballooned to 8 million and those animals were housed in fewer than 2,400 farms.

Who's protecting our fishing and swimming holes?

Despite federal rubberstamping of pipeline projects, we continue to make progress within NC to have our concerns heard about this unnecessary and risky fracked gas pipeline that will impact our rivers, including the Lumber River watershed. NC's Department of Environmental Quality will host three listening sessions intended to gather additional information from residents on the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. We'll be at the August 17th listening session in Lumberton (at the Southeastern Agricultural Center located at 1027 US Hwy 74).

EPA - help us protect clean water!

I am opposed to any and all efforts to eliminate clean water protections for waterbodies that are held in the public trust for the people of our state and our country. EPA's plan to revise the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) is a disaster waiting to happen. Already we have issues with companies illegally polluting our public trust waters. Gutting the Clean Water Act would allow industry to freely pollute our water and lead us back in time to those pre-CWA days when waterways were unprotected from polluters.

Oppose H.R. 3219

The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) urges you to oppose all damaging policy riders in H.R. 3219, the Defense, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Legislative Branch, and Energy and Water Development National Security Appropriations Act, 2018. SELC opposes inserting harmful policy riders into spending bills in an attempt to circumvent regular legislative order. Quite simply, it undermines the legislative process. Please vote NO to H.R. 3219.