Regarding your June 7 editorial “NC Senate proposal could hurt water quality”: Right on about retaining stream buffers to protect water quality.
Recall that buffers were prompted by a major outbreak of pfiesteria 25 years ago, which caused massive algae blooms and fish kills.
Encouraging dirty water through dirty tricks in the Senate budget bill will hurt all coastal residents with toxic chemicals in their drinking water, more fish kills and shellfish closures, contaminated and closed beaches, and less tourism.
Our economic development and residents’ income will decrease, not improve, by trashing our streams, beaches and coasts.
Republicans need to reverse course if they truly want to help North Carolina prosper and remain the beautiful magnet for all this business they want to attract.