Riverkeeper: Minimize Contact With Trent And Neuse

Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Larry Baldwin says he can't issue alerts for people to stay out of the water, so he is recommending people minimize contact with the Trent and Neuse Rivers after Hurricane Irene.

Baldwin says he is seeing some disturbing data from the rivers, including low levels of dissolved oxygen in the waters from the upper Trent River above Pollocksville to the Neuse and in the Neuse River primarily in the area around New Bern downstream below James City and to Black Beacon Point.

Additionally, salinity levels in the rivers are very low, which is expected after a hurricane or large rain event. Some other readings are indicating a lot of pollutants, including the turbidity level and the pH levels.

The drought conditions before Hurricane Irene mean many pollutants were being stored in the soil, but they have now presumably washed into the rivers, according to Baldwin. He says dead crab and dead fish have been reported.

"It is the RECOMMENDATION of the NRF that contact with the water at this time be minimal, and that if time is spent in contact, showering as soon after the exposure is also recommended," Baldwin wrote in an email Monday night. "The NRF CANNOT make an official alert to stay out of the water."


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 7, 2011 at 07:11 AM
    How about some actual coliform bacteria count results Larry. We just had a little storm pass through here.
  • by Propoganda Location: USA on Sep 6, 2011 at 01:15 PM
    This is not true!! This propoganda put out by the Chinese in hopes we will enforce clean water regulations!! The water is perfect and completely unpolluted!! This EPA is gibberish to scare us into trying to keep our water clean. Man can not pollute water anymore than he can have an effect on the weather. Some more commie socialist propoganda I tell you. Now, let me go buy some more tin foil that's on sale Obama Snake Oil told me about!!!
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      by Truth on Sep 6, 2011 at 06:46 PM in reply to Propoganda
      Lol.
  • by Pamela on Sep 6, 2011 at 06:49 AM
    How about the Tar River? Ever since Irene there is a terrible odor from the VOA road to the Pitt county line
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      by B on Sep 6, 2011 at 09:15 AM in reply to Pamela
      Why would you want to get into the Tar River? It's a nasty looking mess storm or no storm.
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      by Tar RK on Sep 6, 2011 at 10:17 AM in reply to Pamela
      I would also limit contact with the Tar River. We have had numerous fish kills and the odor emanating from the river is the large amount of organic material that was washed into the river that is now breaking down. Best to heed the warning above for the time being. Good windy days and perhaps some additional rain will help.
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