ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — Preserving the beauty of the Haw River is a cause Melvin DuBose has dedicated himself to for years.
“This is part of our natural habitat, the water,” said Dubose, who is a board member of the Haw River Assembly environmental group.
But over the past few months, he says the City of Burlington has made his job hard, especially after a 3.5 million gallon spill of sewage from the East Burlington Wastewater Treatment plant leaked into the river in January.
“It’s dirty, dirty water,” DuBose said. “It’s like toilet water, a whole bunch of toilet water; everybody’s toilet water in the river. That’s pollution.”
The Haw River Assembly along with the Cape Fear River Watch is threatening to file a lawsuit against the city if they don’t come up with a plan to prevent future spills within 60 days.