Letters to the Editor

1/21 Letters: N.C. water pollution goes beyond Jordan Lake

Regarding “It’s time for state to fix Jordan Lake” (Jan. 3): As a 35-plus-year kayaker, I can tell you – the Haw doesn’t run like it used to. Jordan Lake’s pollution and water problems stem from the watershed. Droughts and upstream water impoundment are now rampant.

In addition to thousands of man-made small farm and neighborhood ponds, upstream neighbors take the clean water and during floods, we get the effluent that’s left – Burlington and Greensboro’s sewage, chemicals, farm pollution, development and street runoff.

Where is the water? Start with the big tributaries. The Reedy Fork River features numerous small lakes as does its tributary, the Smith Branch. Buffalo Creek, extremely polluted, is relatively dam-free. Alamance Creek has Mackintosh Lake, in Coble (complete with marina). Deep Creek creates Stony Creek Reservoir in Faucette. Tom’s Creek and Stony Creek, dammed to create Lake Cammack. Cane Creek, dammed for Cane Creek Reservoir. Sellers Manufacturing Company Lake in Saxapahaw dams the Haw directly.

On the minor tributaries, Lake Hunt and Lake Reidsville, damming Troublesome Creek, Cathey’s Creek Lake, damming Harris Creek and dams on very small tributaries creating Clarks Pond, Methodist Camp Lake, Brooks Lake, Lake View Estates Pond and Pritchett Lake. New Hope Creek feeds Jordan directly and feeds Clark and Triangle Lakes upstream.

Steve Groetzinger


Stop school overcrowding

Regarding “Numbers at Wake schools could have bond voters looking closely” (Jan. 14): Even though there has been an increase in charters, how convenient for them they can close the door once full. The Wake County Public School System cannot, but is forced to cap a record high 20 schools this year, sending those new families and students to more distant, yet still overcrowded, schools.

How sad for families moving here that they cannot attend the same school as their neighbor's children. But lack of seats is not a new problem – WCPSS has been juggling for space to seat students for more than 25 years, and there is no end in sight. The school system has been forced to get creative over the last few decades, introducing year-round schools, magnets and academies in an effort to create seats and fill schools with lower enrollment.

One lower-than-expected enrollment year simply gives the illusion of the beginning of a slowdown, with multiple economic indicators showing Wake County is growing and is expected to have record growth in the next five years. It takes three to five years to site and build new schools. To be ready, we need the money now, and a bond is the most cost-efficient way to pay for them.

Ann Overton