What is Chatham County doing to stop silt pollution from construction near Fearrington? 🌊


What is Chatham County doing to stop silt pollution from construction near Fearrington? 🌊Creekwood Creek and Beechmast pond are still suffering from high turbidity and increased water flow.

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May 3, 2019

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Hello, Chathamites. Happy Friday!

What is Chatham County doing to stop silt pollution from construction near Fearrington?

Exposed trees roots hanging over an embankment at Creekwood in Fearrington Village.

Finally, it’s here. The story you’ve all been waiting for.

In March, we asked you all to vote for the question you wanted us to answer the most. It was a tight race, but one question asked by Mary Ann Woehrel came out on top with 37 votes out of 117 total:

“What is the county doing to stop the silt pollution coming from the construction on 15-501 next to Fearrington Village?” 

You know how it goes. You asked, you voted, and now, we answer. 

In a nutshell, what’s going on? 
  • Six months after a previous Our Chatham story on the issue, Fearrington and Chatham County officials say Creekwood Creek and Beechmast pond are still suffering from high turbidity and increased water flow. 
  • A Briar Chapel construction project lies adjacent to Creekwood Creek, and environmental officials say it’s fair to say the construction is contributing to increased turbidity in the stream. 
  • Still, Briar Chapel has fully complied with county and state regulations on erosion control and sediment runoff. An official from Newland Communities, the developer that runs Briar Chapel, says that environmental sustainability is a top priority. 
  • Complex jurisdictional issues seemed to affect Fearrington residents’ understanding of how to address the stream’s turbidity at a higher level.  

Read the full story on ourchatham.com

Have more questions about water quality in Chatham County? We base our journalism on reader questions, so send them our way if you would like to inspire further reporting!

What’s on our radar…

One Chatham: a community forum hosted by us! Join us for a lively discussion about the economic disparity between east and west Chatham County. Let’s identify the problems and brainstorm solutions together. 

  • May 15, 6-8 p.m. @ Chatham Community Library
  • Free and open to the public
  • Light refreshments will be offered!

Featured panelists include: 
Alyssa Byrd, president of the Chatham County Economic Development Corporation
Tami Schwerin, executive director for Abundance NC
Paul Cuadros, investigative reporter and author
Stephanie Watkins-Cruz, policy analyst for Chatham County
Susan Levy, member of the Chatham County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee

Come prepared with questions and curiosity! 

Get involved!

Do you want to serve as an advocate for the interests of the Department of Social Services? Want to help promote better public understanding and support of social services programs?

The Chatham County Department of Social Services (DSS) still seeks applications for one vacancy on the County Board of Social Services.  The deadline to apply to serve is Friday, May 31, 2019. This appointment will fulfill the remainder of a term ending June 30, 2021.

To complete an online application, visit: https://files.nc.gov/ncdhhs/2018-Social-Services-Commission-Nominee-Appointment.pdf 

Any questions may be directed to Jennie Kristiansen, Social Services Director at 919-642-6976 or jennie.kristiansen@chathamnc.org.

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