A Special Delivery To Craven County Health Department

It was a special delivery for the Craven County Health Department Tuesday, courtesy of the Lower Neuse River Keeper.

Larry Baldwin, members of the Neuse River Foundation and residents of New Bern each had a bag of dead Menhaden from the river.

Baldwin says he's frustrated over what he calls a lack of action, after millions of fish have died in what continues to be an active fish kill.

County Health Director Scott Harrelson says the fish kill is more of a Division of Water Quality issue.

He says the local Health Department won't get involved unless it has an impact on public health.

He says what Baldwin did was an underhanded publicity stunt at the expense of the Health Department.

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  • by Me Location: Crazy Town on Oct 7, 2009 at 05:31 AM
    delta - I am all for doing responsible things to help our rivers. What I am not for is radical displays of sensationalism to obtain those goals. First of all Larry (and the rest of the bunch) should do their homework on where they need to focus their energy to protect the river. This was a pointless publicity stunt. As far as the drinking water - It is thoroughly tested to make sure it is suitable. There is no problem showing up in the drinking water therefore no health concern. I really do not know what any of you expect the state to do. If you have had to do any kind of development lately along the rivers in eastern NC you realize you have to get all kinds of permits from the state and go through tremendous red tape just to do any little activity that might potentially harm the river. Many of you are probably the same ones crying because of too much government intervention in your lives and then crying about tax increases.
  • by usa Location: New Bern on Oct 7, 2009 at 05:09 AM
    Is it about making the river clean or.. Lining themselves up for lawsuits. http://www.nytimes.com/2000/11/05/nyregion/a-kennedy-and-his-mentor-part-ways-over-river-group.html http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=693 http://www.activistcash.com/organization_overview.cfm/oid/25 http://www.riverlaw.us/fishkills.html ** Look at this..**** It’s already on the web page!!!!!!!
  • by Gator Location: NC on Oct 7, 2009 at 02:21 AM
    Have to agree with the Health Director. Baldwin should have taken the fish to Raleigh to the Division of Water Quality. They are the ones who deal with these problems. Worst thing is, he knows that.
  • by delta Location: g town on Oct 6, 2009 at 11:13 PM
    Hey me, notice that residents where involved also so its not just any one person. No one said move out but the fact is many people get water from the neuse river so not only is it a bad impact on the environment but also a potential hazard to humans as well. If a fish can"t live in it, why would anyone want drinking water to be pumped from it. Thats the problem, everyone wants the benifits but do not want to do anything for it. I guess you are one of them, just want a free ride, use and abuse resources with no worrys to the future generation.
  • by rich on Oct 6, 2009 at 08:41 PM
    Great Job!!!
  • by Rick Location: Washington on Oct 6, 2009 at 08:12 PM
    The lack of any formal state investigation and public information, and the finger pointing among state agencies - "not my job", stinks more than the fish. Looks like Raleigh doesn't want to ruffle the feathers of their patrons that are responsible for the excess nutrients in our water. Maybe we should send all the pictures to out-of-state media so people will think twice about relocating their businesses or families here. If we don't motivate our agencies toward more stringent nutrient management the Pamlico and other area rivers could be next. Sad state of affairs when we could have one of the best estuarine environments in the eastern U. S.
  • by Me Location: Crazy Town on Oct 6, 2009 at 06:22 PM
    Oh my God what an idiot. Here we go with the hysteria. What is the health department supposed to do? Quick - Everyone within 100 ft. of the water move out - The Health department is condemning your home in the name of menhaden. Larry - Please spend your time doing things that actually might help instead of this useless bull.

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