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Input Asked as Impaired Waters List Released PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 07:09

North Carolina Division of Water Quality has released its biannual list of “impaired” waterways as mandated in the federal Clean Water Act of 1972. While the lists of impaired creeks and rivers is long the further east you go in the state, there are a number of waterways listed as impaired in the High Country. In Ashe County, five waterways in the New River Basin are identified as impaired for aquatic life: Little Buffalo Creek, Little Peak Creek, Naked Creek, Ore Knob Branch, and Peak Creek. Avery County has three creeks, 18.5 total miles, listed as impaired, flowing into the Linville River. Watauga County has six impaired creeks, or 20.2 miles of water. In the Watauga river basin, only one creek was listed as impaired, Beaverdam Creek flowing into the Watauga River.  In the New River basin, Little Buffalo and the South Fork of the New River from Winklers Creek and Hunting Lane were listed, along with the Sumpter Cabin Branch flowing into the Middle Fork of the New, an East Fork stretch as well as Cobb Creek in Meat Camp.  A number of creeks flowing into the Yadkin River were listed as impaired—and the river itself in a stretch in Wilkes, where the Reddies River flows into the Yadkin—copper the pollutant there.  Wilkes County had a total of four impaired waterways, a total of 43.4 miles. A 7.8 mile stretch of Crab Creek in Alleghany is labeled a category 5 impairment. The NC Division of Water Quality is currently accepting public comment on the draft list through March 12. Comments will be used to develop strategies for decreasing pollution in impaired water. Photos, stories, and water quality data can be submitted for non-regulatory use for information, screening, support for water quality data, and further investigation. Contact the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources at 1601 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699, or call toll free (877) 623-6748, or visit

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