Waccamaw Riverkeeper

serving the rivers in the Winyah Bay Watershed

Shocking Footage of Improper Animal Treatment at Poultry Farm

One of the many bad practices taking place at industrial scale farm operations. We work along with other Carolina based Waterkeepers to fight these types of practices as well as the impacts the farms have on our waters.

Chickens Buried Alive.

Industrial Farming and Its Impact on Our Waterways

 

Meat production facilities confining thousands of animals in industrial-like conditions
routinely violate the Clean Water Act, damaging the health of communities and
waterways, while destroying the independence of generational farmers. We need to take
action against the most egregious violators, and force the EPA and the NCDENR to
enforce existing prohibitions on the discharge of animal waste into our waterways, and
implement sound policies that support a new generation of independent farmers

Industrial meat productions facilities confining thousands of animals in industrial-like conditions routinely violate the Clean Water Act, damaging the health of communities and waterways while destroying the independence of generational farmers. We need to take action against the most egregious violaters and force NCDENR and EPA to: 1) enforce existing prohibitions on the discharge of animal waste into our waterways; and 2) implement sound policies that support a new generation of independent farmers.

Update - June 26, 2014

A provision contained in the NC Farm Act of 2014 would deem citizen complaints reporting violations of the law by agricultural operations and any records accumulated during a subsequent investigation confidential, meaning they could only be released to the public by court order.

Section 1(a) of House Bill 366 was added in the Senate Environment Committee on Tuesday.  The bill passed the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, and will be voted on next by the full Senate.  If passed by the Senate, the bill would only need a vote of concurrence in the House it rather than a full debate since the house already passed it in a different form.

Riverkeepers across North Carolina urge Senate leadership to protect the public's right to access information and remove Section 1(a) from House Bill 366. This provision would deem confidential any and all citizen complaints reporting violations of the law by agricultural operations and any records accumulated during a subsequent investigation, meaning they could only be released to the public by court order.

Access the Waterkeeper Alliance statement here.

Update on Coal Ash

Check out this article that made the front page in the Sun News. Progress is being made to remove and recycle materials from the Grainger facility.

Coal Ash Removal.

At Work in Your Neighborhood

Our mission is to protect, preserve, monitor and revitalize the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed. We use education and advocacy to ensure that our rivers are fishable, swimmable and drinkable for current and future generations of users.

With our partners, we implement the following major programs, briefly described below:

Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® | Center for Marine and Wetland Studies | Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954 | Conway, SC 29528-6054 | (843) 349-4007 | Riverkeeper@winyahrivers.org
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