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Loves Creek and Rocky River in Chatham County once was subject to nutrient pollution from two chicken processing plants. They have since begun to recover, but discharges from a new chicken plant might change that. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) issued a permit in 2019 to Siler City allowing the town to dump pollutant-laden water into Rocky River and Loves Creek, but the Rocky River Watch, a group of local activists, is suing NC DEQ for violating the Clean Water Act. NC DEQ declined to comment on the ongoing suit. The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) filed the suit on behalf of Ricky River Watch.