Cary, state see no runoff in Kit Creek

Staff WriterJanuary 4, 2008 

— Town of Cary and state inspectors do not plan to issue an erosion violation in response to a complaint from environmentalists that a housing development had allowed sediment-laden water to enter Jordan Lake.

In a report, completed Monday after the weekend's rain, an inspector with Cary's engineering department noted no problems with a huge Lennar development near the intersection of O'Kelly Chapel and Green Level roads.

The report runs contrary to claims made by a water quality advocate that reported failures of storm water controls over the weekend.

Dean Naujoks, a Riverkeeper with the Neuse River Foundation, was hunting near the site when he noticed runoff from a sediment pond into Kit Creek, a body of water that feeds into Jordan Lake, Cary's drinking supply.

"It's hemorrhaging water into a major drinking water supply," Naujoks said.

He sent pictures and videos to Cary and state officials showing the muddy water running into the creek.

Naujoks also sent pictures of clogged sediment ponds.

But on Thursday, Cary inspectors and John Holley with the N.C. Division of Land Resources didn't see any problems.

"We found the site continues to be in compliance with the regulations," wrote Tom Horstman, with Cary's engineering department, in an e-mail message.

Other advocates still see a problem.

"This might be an example of a sediment problem that does not rise to the level of a violation, but it's still hurting Jordan Lake," said Elaine Chiosso, executive director of the Haw River Assembly, a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving Jordan Lake.

"I'm surprised the town of Cary doesn't care more about the quality of their water," Naujoks said.

"Clearly the culture needs to change."

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