The latest on the recent Southwestern Mecklenburg County Sediment Issues from The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation:
UPDATE: one week after a sediment basin in southwestern Mecklenburg County (NC) blew out into York County (SC) on Lake Wylie, repairs are still being made and the site assessed before a definitely action plan and fine are issued. A notice of violation has been issued.
While there was a sewage-like odor associated with the spill, thankfully, it was decaying materials and not sewer infrastructure.
We are continuing to follow up with neighbors and regulators. We will continue to follow up and ensure that a strong fine will be issued and the sediment cleaned up (as it must be).
If you are not familiar with the situation, the blowout of the sediment retention basin off McKee Road on the NC/SC border happened during dry conditions from what appears to have been improper construction of the berm around the outlet pipe. This was no small sediment basin.
You can see from this video of the incident that the normally stagnant cove was turned into a swiftly flowing creek.
The sedimentation from this single incident is the worst Riverkeeper Sam Perkins has seen, comparing only to a few other sites that took years to build up similar offsite sedimentation.
Stay tuned to this blog and also to the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation’s Facebook page for more information.