DEQ Part of Cape Fear River reclassified as swamp

first_imgCape Fear River (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A major portion of the Cape Fear River in our area is now being classified as a swamp. Wilmington City council members are not happy about it.An agenda briefing Monday morning got heated as they listened to Elizabeth Kountis from the Department of Environment Quality explain what that means.- Advertisement – The Cape Fear River from Tumor’s Creek to Snow’s Cut used to be classified as SC or secondary recreation, but it now includes SW which means the PH and the dissolved oxygen are lower than they were before.“This classification is aimed at looking at the water as it is now,” Environmental Senior Specialist Elizabeth Kountis said. “It is not meant to enhance, restore. It doesn’t improve it. It doesn’t degrade it. It is to reflect what it is today.”City council members say it seems like the DEQ is not trying to protect our water and plan to oppose the new classification Tuesday.Related Article: Report: River’s industrial chemicals come from plant, othersThe EPA still has to vote on approving the new classification.last_img