NC Clean Water Fund Spending Goes Outside Scope

The annual budget of the state's Clean Water Management Trust Fund has grown to 100 million dollars. And there's concern that officials watching the fund are spending that money on anything but water.

The News and Observer reports in today's editions that at least three times in recent years, the fund's board of directors has voted to fund projects outside the group's priorities. Some are worried that fund officials are spending money on pet projects that have little to do with protecting North Carolina waterways.

Money has been passed out for construction of a Robeson County training center industrial park. There's also a three million dollar handout to the home county of the board's former chairman.