For anyone who calls North Carolina home, we know how beautiful this state is, and what a wonderful place it is to plant roots, raise a family, and retire. the effects of rapid growth in our region can be seen and felt every day. Issues such as drought, polluted storm water runoff, sedimentation and non-point pollutants all contribute to the harm of fish and other wildlife, destruction of habitat, stream bank erosion and degradation of water quality. Protecting water sources is essential to providing safe drinking water and safe habitats in North Carolina. In May 2015, the Associated Press reported that 152 out of 163 water wells tested within 1,000 feet of Duke Energy coal ash ponds failed to meet state standards for groundwater - a 93% rate of contamination. Coal ash is the toxic byproduct of burning coal and often contains chemicals like arsenic, chromium, mercury, and lead. It is the second-largest form of waste generated in the United States. In 2012 the EPA called families in a Wake Forest Community, saying that their water was contaminated with a cancer-causing chemical called trichloroethylene, or TCE, and not to drink, bathe or cook with the water. The problem dated back to 10 years ago, where circuit boards were cleaned with the toxin inside a shed on Stony Hill Road in Wake Forest. the TCE exited the building through a pipe, and poured straight onto the ground. The TCE contamination spread from the source nearly 500 acres and contaminated the wells of 21 families. Help protect clean water now and for our future. Donate Today.