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It takes an active community to form good environmental policies on all levels of government and safeguard against projects or policies that will ultimately do more harm than good for the Tar-Pamlico River and those who reside in its watershed. Check back frequently to see what you can do to maintain a high quality of life for all citizens residing and visiting the Tar-Pamlico River watershed.


April 2015: Take action to protect our waterways.

Recently, PTRF and our members along with the NC Coastal Federation (NCCF) challenged a permit that allows Martin Marietta Materials to dump 12 million gallons of wastewater into Blounts Creek every day. Unfortunately, we received a decision from a new administrative law judge dismissing our challenge. The judge ruled that we have no right to challenge the permit to pollute. The decision went even further to say that no citizen, downstream resident or business has the right under state law to seek enforcement of water quality protections. This decision disregards well-established state and federal laws that allow citizens who live downstream to protect our creeks and rivers when the government fails to do so.

On Monday, April 20th, we filed an appeal of this ruling. We will do everything we can do legally to protect the creek, but we need your help today to restore North Carolina citizens' rights.

Take Action: Ask Governor McCrory and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Donald van der Vaart to publicly support our right, under state law, to challenge this permit. Please call or email today!

Talking Points:

- I ask you to stand up for the rights of downstream fisherman, boaters, landowners, residents, and businesses to protect our interests.

- I ask that you issue a public statement in support of PTRF, NCCF's and downstream residents right to challenge this permit.

- The permit will allow Martin Marietta Materials to dump up to 12 million gallons of wastewater into Blounts Creek every day. This will threaten the habitat of red drum, speckled trout, and river herring.

-Please add personal comments if you live, recreate on or use Blounts Creek.

Contact Information:

Call Governor McCrory at 919-814-2000 or email.  Call Secretary van der Vaart at 919-707-8600 or email at donald.vandervaart@ncdenr.gov

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