Roanoke River Endangered

The American Rivers Association says the Roanoke River is in trouble, according to its 10 Most Endangered list, released Tuesday morning.

The 410 mile long river empties into the Albemarle Sound and provides drinking water to 1.2 million people in both North Carolina and Virginia.

The American Rivers Association says uranium mining in Pittsylvania County, Virginia is the biggest threat to the Roanoke River. The debate over uranium production in the river has been renewed in Virginia, which would continue to pose a threat to the river.

In 2007, the Neuse River was named to this same list. In that case, the American Rivers Association said the Neuse was the victim of explosive population and hog waste sewage.

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  • by To anon at 3:26PM Location: Albemarle Sound on May 17, 2011 at 01:43 PM
    Dear anon, I'll give you a break. Learn to use your computer. Learn to look things up correctly. If you look at the maps of the Uranium Mine rights holders and where this is all at, its quite near the Roanoke River and tributaries that flow into it. I for one know that if over a million people depend on drinking water from it then who needs the break? The miners? Sure. Water next to air is one of the main essentials needed to live, without it, we're screwed. So for those of you who rant and pitch fits over the EPA, maybe you should go test your theories and move near a coal smoke chugging plant or even better move next door to Chernobyl.....then report back to us once you grow a leg out of your head and fingers on your ears while glowing in the dark. Common sense is hard to come by isn't it.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on May 17, 2011 at 04:53 PM in reply to To anon at 3:26PM
      Not even worth a response man....Can you walk on your head and feel with your ears? Can I suggest an education? Get you GED and we will talk....
  • by Really? Location: DC on May 17, 2011 at 12:54 PM
    @OSOC: This was not a gov't agency lacking the correct testing and not doing their job. If you look at the Nat Geo article on their website, they are simply pointing out river systems that within the next few years could be subject to damage from mining, oil extraction, and other practices that need to be addressed now before they get out of hand. One of the examples is the Upper Delaware River last year. They pointed out that fracking (which uses many chemicals and lots of water to extract Natural Gas) posed a serious threat to the ecosystem, and the Delaware gov't took this issue seriously and have started placing regulations on fracking in the watershed. Very useful foresight IMO.
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      by OSOC on May 17, 2011 at 04:50 PM in reply to Really?
      You confirmed my point, could. The point is PCS Phosphates could polute the Pamlico, however, they don't. This witchhunt goes on anytime someone sees a fishkill and blames them for it. OK, we know they will mine, we have agencies that will problem, case solved. Do you have any idea what they will go through to get the permit? This is an alarmist story based on nothing but speculation. Its like the poster on the hog you really think they don't check for this? I am a realist, not a pessimist, opportunist or speculator. Present the story on the facts. This story is another what if...what if oil is spilled in the gulf...what if a nuclear plant has a meltdown now since Japans worst catashrope in their history? What if windmills are killing the bald eagle faster than they can reproduce or the dangerous chemicals in solar panels production, poison the water supply? Both have that capability....This is why some of those jobs went to China....they were too scared to do it here.
  • by anonymous on May 17, 2011 at 12:26 PM
    So, let me see if I've got this straight. There is not a urnium mine in Pittsylvania County yet, but the Roanoke River is in the top 10 endangered rivers in the country??? Give me a break!
  • by Grumpy on May 17, 2011 at 10:55 AM
    Here you go OSOC. I found this thread,, but don't have time to look more. This has something to do with a study paid for by Virginia Beach... " / March 28, 2011 The salvos continue back and forth over of a scientific study commissioned by the City of Virginia Beach that shows the potential for great harm to drinking water supplies from the proposed Coles Hill uranium mine in Pittsylvania County." Don't know if this link helps anyone looking for more about this, but this thread seems to lay out both sides of the argument.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on May 17, 2011 at 12:46 PM in reply to Grumpy
      Grumpy, its a liberal environmentalist alarmist group really suggesting the river could be damaged by mining. So they are condenming the river before the study is even done...all in the name of alternative energy...uranium is alternative energy. This story is what if...what if...well, an asteroid could come down and hit the protesters, with their "They are killing our babies, starving squirrels and kicking dogs" signs. too. The unemployed miners would chant: USA, USA....I knew there was something about this. What happened to that huge oil spill...what if we had another one.....
  • by Oh no! Location: enc on May 17, 2011 at 10:11 AM
    Don't do anything to the mine owners! This is all a hoax! Wait til people actually die, then we can do something. Until then-profit! profit! profit! After all God gave the earth and the water to the corporations-not to all the people. OSOC-It HAS-HAS been exposed by the EPA- you know, the same group your GOP wants to get rid of!!!1
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 17, 2011 at 09:41 AM
    Well, what about the dept of water quality, Cama...all those orgs that test water? My Point CJ, if they are not doing their jobs, stop funding them and do away with them. There is so much redundancy in government, its nuts. When the McCotters fire broke out, there were several emergency response agencies arguing over who had we have special interrest groups, State water, federal water, CAMA, NC dept of resources, NC wildlife, EPA...and none of them were aware of this? None of them fined polluters? How is that possible? Or is the story just another environmental hooey AP story...and where is the Coast Guard? Cj, thats my point. If this story was true, some company would be exposed for it by the EPA...I cannot seem to find it on Google....
  • by cj on May 17, 2011 at 08:52 AM
    osoc: the EPA? since when do you trust a federal agency for accurate reporting and actually doing their jobs? come on, man-- you are much smarter than that (i've seen many of you posts)
  • by Marine Man Location: All Over Eastern NC on May 17, 2011 at 08:50 AM
    I want the rivers to be clean like everyone does but groups like these would have found issues with our river systems the day after God created it. We all know when God made the rives there had to be all kinds of heavy metals and other material suspended in the water from the creation process. After some time the rivers cleaned themsleves up. The Roanoke will do the same. Enjoy the resource. Eat drink and be merry.
  • by anon waterman Location: wilson on May 17, 2011 at 08:05 AM
    Told ya', hog waste in the Neuse means it ain't kosher no more !! All those whiners about the EPA and its attempts at regulation can now have a good long drink of river water. Drink up !!
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      by Barlow on May 17, 2011 at 09:04 AM in reply to anon waterman
      Amen anon waterman! And now the Repugs want to do away with the EPA altogether.. The you_know_what will fly then! And not only will it fly, it'll be in your food, your water, everywhere you go! Hey, but everybody will have jobs making it!
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        by Yes! on May 17, 2011 at 09:18 AM in reply to Barlow
        The USA might start looking like one of those thrird world contries...where the rivers have a funny smell and it burns your skin if you swim in it. One day, the Tar River will earn it's name, in color alone.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on May 17, 2011 at 09:41 AM in reply to Barlow
        Yep, if they cannot do their jobs, let em go. Try not doing you job and see how that goes for you...
  • by Not Surprised Location: Martin Co on May 17, 2011 at 07:36 AM
    Just in time for herring season, who would have seen that coming?
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