STOP-BOONE WATER INTAKE;Prevent Rule#15A NCAC 02B.0307-New River Basin
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North Carolina State General Assembly Representatives

STOP-BOONE WATER INTAKE;Prevent Rule#15A NCAC 02B.0307-New River Basin

    1. Friends of The New River
    2. Petition by

      Friends of The New River

      Todd, NC

It is our collective opinions and contention that a Bill should be introduced and passed in the next North Carolina State General Assembly to prevent the Town of Boone from building a water intake project in the New River at the boundaries’ of Watauga and Ashe Counties in Todd, North Carolina.  

As it stands now, the Blowing Rock and Boone Waste Water Treatment Plants and the very antiquated and non-functional storm water systems of Boone and Blowing Rock and other permitted effluent discharge points have contributed to, have caused pollution and continue to pollute the Headwaters of the New River and these facts are extremely relevant to this rule change proposal. The withdrawal of up to 4 million gallons per day, along with the introduction into the Town of Boone and Blowing Rock's waste water treatment systems will further create harm to these Headwaters of the New River. These two townships are not able to clear the waste water discharges of pollutants and chemicals as it is, a problem that will only be increased should this project be allowed to be constructed. Thus creating an open cesspool in a class "C+" river and one that is designated as an American Heritage River, a National Scenic Waterway and believed to be the 2nd oldest river on the earth.  

Just in the last few days of February 2012, the State of N.C. Division of Water Quality has downgraded these Headwaters to now "Impaired", next to the lowest possible water quality rating. These findings are related to the negative impact on Benthic Macro invertebrates. It is obvious that the causal problems of the pollution to the river are already showing up just downstream of the Boone Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Page 85 of the State of N.C.findings as cited are located at the following link:   http://portal.ncdenr.org/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=41297d6f-4ab1-4225-b218-ec507aa2435a&groupId=38364  

The New River is a vital natural resource in this area and home to several protected and many declining species of aquatic life. It provides a natural habitat and is home to hundreds of species of animals, plants, fish and birds (native and migratory). It also provides recreational use for thousands and is a place where many more thousands visit for its peace, beauty and tranquility each and every year. This section of the river, especially being the Headwaters of the New River must be protected. We must preserve it for our children and for future generations to come.  

This project will not only create an eyesore in the middle of the river, it will disrupt, alter and otherwise possibly destroy the scenic beauty by the construction of concrete and steel in the river, the building of pump systems and in essence create an eyesore in this community. Noise created by this system is yet another concern for those living close to it and recreational users. Potentially it will cause a negative economic impact on the businesses here. It will inhibit access to the river. Most importantly, it will in many opinions create increased pollution and cause irreparable harm to this National treasure.  

The Hellbender Salamander and Muscles in the river are declining according to the states own findings as the adult populations remain OK at this juncture, but the researchers are finding considerably less new offspring and young. Many species of fish have already been found to be carrying parasitic worms and male fish have actually turned into female fish due to EE2 type Estrogens which is one of many unregulated pollutants by the EPA that are being and can be legally dumped into the New River by the Town of Boone and Blowing Rock's waste water treatment plants. These are factual scientific findings and materially important in this matter.

It is proven scientifically that Waste Water effluent concentrated for a long enough time will pollute the environment. (Please watch the EPA’s very informative video at the link provided below).
http://www.epa.gov/superfund/health/conmedia/sediment/contaminated_sediments.htm  

We encourage you to join us in asking that our State Representatives convening for the next General Assembly in May of 2012, introduce and pass a "Save the New River" Bill to prevent this project from moving forward and the Rule # 15A NCAC 02B.0307 - New River Basin from becoming law.  

In closing, please do everything within your power by signing this petition and to assist in any possible way to help preserve the New River and to also preserve the current quality of water and scenic beauty of the river in this area.  

Please SHARE this petition and link, with everyone that remotely might be interested in signing. Feel free to copy and use the following link and the content of this petition.  

http://www.change.org/petitions/north-carolina-state-general-assembly-representatives-stop-boone-water-intake-prevent-rule-15a-ncac-02b-0307-new-river-basin

By adding your name to this petition, you have made a difference and your friends of New River appreciate you!  

Thank You,  

Michael Williams  

Volunteer New Riverkeeper

Stay up to date on this issue, you are invited to join us our (Facebook Page) https://www.facebook.com/groups/savethenewriver/

   

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Please visit the link and hit LIKE at the Bottom to support our opposition!

      Friends of The New River
      Petition Organizer

      I have rebutted to this argument supporting the Boone Water Intake.
      Your support would be appreciated !

      http://www.hcpress.com/letters-to-the-editor/71929.html

      A person by the name of Jesse Steele is supporting this with a biased political slant and rants on and on, with assertions based on his political affiliation.

      Please visit this link and scroll to the bottom and hit LIKE to support the my rebuttal. Thanks

      LETTERS / A Real Debate on the Merits of the Intake Project

      July 12, 2013. Letters to the Editor. BY JESSE STEELE / Dear Editor, So I'd like to start today's letter with my usual quirk, or what I'm now calling the West Wing challenge. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL_vHDjG5Wk. After it, therefore because of it.

    2. Forming a SAVE THE NEW RIVER non-profit

      Friends of The New River
      Petition Organizer

      There is NOTHING to buy here,

      I am forming a non-profit "SAVE THE NEW RIVER" and to raise money for the expenses and our legal team, I am donating .50 cents for each "FAN LIKE" on my REVERBNATION music page at:

      http://www.reverbnation.com/​michaelwilliamsusa

      So Please hit the link and become a FAN on REVERBNATION

      I would appreciate your continued "LIKES" and becoming my "FAN”!
      I compose and play for the enjoyment; any money is donated, less expenses to the "SAVETHENEWRIVER" and the several Humanitarian, Social Justice and
      Animal Right causes that I support.

      Please share this message and links to all or your friends on social media and copy and paste into personal emails. Let me know what kind of music you would like to hear, by asking a question on the REVERBNATION page.

      Videos set to some of my music and available free at:
      http://www.youtube.com/user/​mwilliamsusa?feature=mhee
      Please share this message,

      Thanks Much,

      Michael

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. We have a "KILL BILL" HB 1227 to Disapprove the New River Basin Rule

      Friends of The New River
      Petition Organizer

      Thank You all for your support and Thanks to House Rep. Jonathan Jorden and Senator. Dan Soucek for their fair consideration and support.

      We will be addressing a N.C. House and Senate sub-committee very soon.

      Please continue to circulate this petition link.

      Your writing any of the NC House and Senate members would be most appreciated.

      Email and mailing addresses are available at the link below.

      Thanks So much for your continue support.

      Michael
      SAVETHENEWRIVER
      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/savethenewriver/

    5. Please write the N.C. Legislators to voice your opposition

      Friends of The New River
      Petition Organizer

      Every single email and your opinions can and do make a difference:

      Especially email to: Rep. Jonathan Jordan at: Jonathan.Jordan@ncleg.net and Dan Soucek at: Dan.Soucek@ncleg.net.

      Complete addresses of listed State House Reps and Senators are located at this link:
      https://www.facebook.com/​groups/savethenewriver/​permalink/418599261498334/

      Thanks

      Michael
      savethenewriver@gmail.com

    6. A short video of the "Impaired New River"

      Friends of The New River
      Petition Organizer

      The Impaired New River - Part 2 in the series outlining the pollution of the New River by the Boone and Blowing Rock and the proposed plan to dig a hole in the center of the river and construct a water intake that will extract as much as 4.2 million gallons of water from the 2nd oldest river in the world and an American Heritage River.

      Please take the time to contact Rep. Jonathan Jordan.

      Where does our N.C House Representative Jonathan Jordan stand on this issue?

      Take a moment of your valuable time and call or write Rep. Jordan.

      This is our last opportunity for Rep. Jordan to introduce a "KILL BILL" to prevent the Boone Water Intake project. Here is his contact information. Email: Jonathan.Jordan@ncleg.net Telephone: Raleigh - 919-733-7727 Address: NC House of Representatives 300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 418C Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-7gcwtVejU&hd=1

    7. Last Call, Please contact N.C. House Representative Jonathan Jordan

      Friends of The New River
      Petition Organizer

      He can introduce a "KILL BILL" to prevent the Boone Water Intake from being constructed.
      Please email, call or write Rep. Jordan.

      Email: Jonathan.Jordan@ncleg.net

      Telephone: Raleigh - 919-733-7727

      Address: NC House of Representatives
      300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 418C
      Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

      Please email, call or write today.

      Thanks,

      Michael

    8. Our Final Push Begins - SAVE THE NEW RIVER - Where we are right now!

      Friends of The New River
      Petition Organizer

      Hello Everyone,

      We MUST act NOW!

      As you are probably aware the proposed Rule change to re-classify the New River has been approved by the N.C. Environmental Management Commission and becomes LAW, unless a Bill is introduced by a member of the General Assembly and passed within 31 days after the General Assembly convenes on May 23rd or when their session ends, whichever comes first.

      If the Boone Water Intake Project moves forward and is allowed to be constructed, The New River will be forever changed. Boone has and continues to ruin the water quality in their section just downstream from their WWTP, now they want to come downstream and ruin the rest of the river.

      Please hit like and subscribe to our channel at:
      https://www.youtube.com/user/SAVETHENEWRIVER/videos

      Please forward, ask, share, post, email, talk, telephone your contacts to help increase support for our efforts. The more signatures the better, our success or failure begins and ends with us!

      Thanks,

      Michael

    9. New River Photographs Needed for Documentary Film

      Friends of The New River
      Petition Organizer

      Hello All,

      I am doing a short documentary to help get signatures on our Save The New River petition and to bring to light the politicians' and State of N.C. Depts. that are allowing this to move forward and need some photos to incorporate in the video production. Do you have any that you own rights to? And would you give written permission by email to use them. Please let me know. I am in the process of producing this in HI-DEF, Have written the Soundtrack and Recorded the Background music. Just need more still photography to compliment the Video inserts of my own and that of the USEPA. Please let me know. Please circulate this message to other folks that may hold ownership to photos of recreational use or flooding of the New River.
      Please use the link below to join our cause and to upload and post your photos with a short statement for its use in this production, or feel free to email me at: newriverkeeper@bellsouth.net

      Please remember this is an election year!

      Thanks ~ Michael

    10. Reached 250 signatures
    11. Challenge To You

      Friends of The New River
      Petition Organizer

      We have just a little NEWS coverage by a very biased paper that buried this story on page 3, even though it is a TOP environmental issue here. Please visit this link and make a comment.

      http://www2.wataugademocrat.com/News/story/Waterways-impaired-id-007070

      Stand up and Voice your opinion, It will BOOST support for this petition as a link is already posted on the page.

      Thanks

      Michael

    12. NEWS FLASH-New River Downgraded to "IMPAIRED" by STATE Div-Water Quality

      Friends of The New River
      Petition Organizer

      The N.C. Division of Water Quality has DOWNGRADED and now rated the South Fork of the NEW River as "IMPAIRED" due to problems showing up in Benthic Macroinvertebrates. Frank Packard, tells me its printed in today's Watauga Democrat but it is buried on page 3.

      I have stated on the record at least a hundred times now that contaminants are entering the aquatic biota (food chain) and this is now potentially corroborated by the State of North Carolina in this finding. Either way, the New River is now found by the State to have problems.

      So, does this make sense? The Div. of Water Quality is a part of the North Carolina Division of Environmental and Natural Resources. The same people that stated to the committee that said it is OK to build this BOON-DOGGLE.

      Join our facebook page for more timely updates

      Michael

      Source NCDENR Web Portal PDF - Page 85

    13. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • John O'Connor STATESVILLE, NC
      • 9 months ago

      Water is life! This is more than a rhetorical statement. If we do not properly address the quality of our water and deal with "waste" water properly we are creating a enormous problem for the future.

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    • Lillian Greer LENOIR, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      I own property on New River

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    • Lisa Harris BOONE, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      The New River is a beautiful river that does not need to be touched. Boone is too small of a town for as many people live here already. Todd is a nice, quiet area that does not need to be bombarded with people ruining it.

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    • Vickie Marlowe CLAREMONT, NC
      • almost 2 years ago

      Clean water, water untainted and unaltered environment is very important to me. As all rivers in North Carolina. If we do not hold vigil and accountability then there will be nothing for our children.

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    • Bonnie Hauser WINSTON-SALEM, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      We need to protect all our sources of water.

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