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DEQ approves pilot study of bacteria treatment a limited area of Lake Mattamuskeet

U.S. Fish and Wildlife

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Resources has approved a pilot study of a treatment for a specific bacteria within a limited area of Lake Mattamuskeet.

BlueGreen Water Technologies will conduct the study of a treatment for cyanobacteria on 400 acres in four isolated bays around the lake’s perimeter.

Officials say the lake’s water quality and clarity has been in decline because of excessive nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus, and in 2016, the lake was listed on North Carolina’s list for elevated acidity and chlorophyll a.

Treatment will begin in June.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to eastern North Carolina in 2019 to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of kiddo cuddling, reading, and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.