Heather Deck with the Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper says all storm drains are directly connected to a body of water. So anything that might be dumped down whether it's fuel, paint, or anything goes directly into a stream or river system. This can be dangerous to the river's health and the people and creatures that need it.
"The Tar River itself has about 4 to 500,000 people in the entire river basin, all of those that obviously rely either on the tar river or the groundwater for its drinking water source," said Deck.
She says if the spill had been further upstream it could have contaminated drinking water. She says until this spill is cleaned up it's a good idea to avoid contact with the river.