Jordan Lake en 'SolarBees' Poised To Churn Jordan Lake <p>State environmental officials are overseeing the installation of special machines in Jordan Lake starting today.&nbsp;</p><p>SolarBees are water circulators intended to prevent algae from storm water runoff from forming in the lake.&nbsp; Installers are placing a total of 36 machines: 12 in the Haw River arm of the lake and 24 more in the Morgan Creek tributary. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:16:31 +0000 Gurnal Scott 39369 at 'SolarBees' Poised To Churn Jordan Lake 'SolarBees' Poised To Hit Jordan Lake Next Month <p></p><p>The Army Corps of Engineers is wrapping up the environmental impact review of a $1.4 million plan to put solar powered water mixers (also known as SolarBees) on Jordan Lake to break up algae.</p><p></p><p>Last year, the General Assembly decided to delay implementation of rules that would restrict development around the lake to reduce contaminated runoff. Instead, they had the Department of Environment and Natural Resources spend $400,000 on 36 SolarBees to churn the water and prevent chlorophyll a, which is linked to algae blooms, from building up.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:00:38 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 36744 at 'SolarBees' Poised To Hit Jordan Lake Next Month Environmental Issues Update: The Future of NC Coal Ash, Fracking, And Jordan Lake <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission has finalized their recommendations on fracking in the state to the General Assembly. Critics argue the commission needs more time as the health effects of fracking are unknown. In addition, the state commission tasked with deciding the methods of Jordan Lake clean-up remains undecided on next steps. And Governor McCrory proposes legislation to close or convert the state’s 33 coal ash ponds.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:42:01 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 33975 at Environmental Issues Update: The Future of NC Coal Ash, Fracking, And Jordan Lake NC Law Makers Offer No New Solutions To Clean Pollution From Jordan Lake <p></p><p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:53:47 +0000 Jorge Valencia 33937 at NC Law Makers Offer No New Solutions To Clean Pollution From Jordan Lake Committee Charged To Clean-Up Jordan Lake <p></p><p>A committee of state lawmakers is trying to determine how to best clean-up Jordan Lake. The group met for the first time yesterday. &nbsp;Jordan Lake has large amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus, which on their own don’t present any significant problem. But when those nutrients sit stagnant in the lake for as long as a year at a time, it leads to toxic algae and chlorophyll. &nbsp;The state is going to soon start using something called the SolarBee, devices that will move water around and decrease stagnation.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:42:20 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 29331 at Committee Charged To Clean-Up Jordan Lake Jordan Lake Rules Threatened <p>Thousands of visitors are expected to vis<a href="">it Jordan Lake </a>on this Memorial Day. It’s a popular spot for boaters, kayakers, and campers. It’s also at the center of an ongoing fight over clean water.</p><p>In 1997, the State Legislature began the long, arduous process of addressing pollution in Jordan Lake. Algae blooms caused by upstream runoff threatened recreational activity on the Lake, and the drinking water that serves much of western Wake County.</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 08:34:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 15963 at Jordan Lake Rules Threatened Efforts To Protect Watershed Get Complicated <p>Wake County Commissioners' efforts to reduce the amount of pollution in Falls Lake and Jordan Lake got a little complicated this week.<br><br><strong>Gurnal Scott:</strong> Both lakes are considered polluted because of excessive nutrients washed in by stormwater runoff. They are primary sources of Wake County’s drinking water. Commissioners approved new rules requiring developers to use more retention ponds to prevent further pollution. But this week, state lawmakers delayed action on clean water rules. Commissioner Tony Gurley was surprised by that.<br> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 2155 at Jordan Lake Cleanup Clears Tons of Garbage <p>A clean-up is underway along the shoreline of Jordan Lake. Corporate sponsors are picking up propane tanks, bottles and cans near the southern end of the lake where the Haw River brings in debris from storm water runoff. Fran DiGiano is the president of the group Clean Jordan Lake. He says volunteers will try to finish the job this weekend.<br> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 18:09:00 +0000 Eric Hodge 7394 at