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Silting caused by Big Woods construction

By Allison Weakley
Posted Friday, March 10, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - The erosion and sedimentation problem from development on Big Woods Road has been called to the attention of the Division of Land Resources (DLR), the Division of Water Quality (DWQ), and our own Chatham County Sedimentation and Erosion Control officer, Brian Grogan.

I also have personally presented information and photos at public meetings to the Chatham Board of Commissioners and to our Planning Board - first in October 2005, and again in December 2005. I met with representatives from DLR, DWQ, Mr. Grogan, and the developers on site in early January to discuss the problem. A month later (early February) while at the Jordan Lake Educational Forest I noticed that part of the lake north of the US64 causeway was extremely muddy, and I followed the source to The Homestead development (Parker's Creek, Beartree Creek, and at least one unnamed tributary that drains to Parker's Creek east of Big Woods Road). Again I saw creeks running bright orange.

I encourage you to voice your concerns to the following folks responsible for erosion control and sedimentation in Chatham County:

Brian Grogan, Chatham Co. Sedimentation and Erosion Control officer
phone 545-8343

Eric Kulz, Division of Water Quality
phone 791-4200

I also encourage you to contact our Board of Commissioners and members of the Planning Board. Their contact information can be found on the Chatham County website at:

I'm afraid that problems with sediment in streams are only going to get worse in Chatham as all this development takes place. I strongly suggest that anyone who notices muddy creeks in Chatham contact the folks above to report it. Mr. Grogan is only one person covering a lot of ground (and a lot of development) in Chatham. At this rate, we will certainly need a larger staff to oversee erosion control and sedimentation in Chatham. In the meantime, Jordan Lake - our drinking water source - will continue to fill with sediment and the pollutants that go along with it.

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