Soil and water

CFPUA Seeks Public Comment on Source Water Protection Plan

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Cape Fear Public Utility Authority invites public comment on its proposed Source Water Protection Plan (SWPP) to help develop specific strategies to mitigate water pollution in the Cape Fear area.

The proposed plan, developed with partner organizations in southeastern North Carolina, outlines strategies to protect the lower Cape Fear River from point and nonpoint source pollution.

More than 150 potential sources of contaminants have been identified along 160 miles of the Cape Fear River watershed in CFPUA’s 2020 Source Water Risk Management and Resilience Plan. The SWPP develops this plan and identifies next steps with defined short and long term goals.

According to the CFPUA press release, this plan is a first for the region.

“If the CFPUA plan is approved by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, it would be the first SWPP approved on the North Carolina Coastal Plain and the first SWPP for part of the Cape River. Fear,” the statement read.

Partner organizations include: Brunswick County Public Utilities, Pender County Utilities, Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority, Fayetteville Public Works Commission, City of Wilmington/Heal Our Waterways, New Hanover County Planning and Land Use, Feast Down East, the North Carolina Division of Soil and Water Conservation, Cape Fear River Assembly and Cape Fear River Watch.

Click here to view the draft Source Water Protection Plan.

Public comments can be submitted here until Friday, June 24.

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