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Originally published: 2013-12-12 15:55:54
Last modified: 2013-12-12 15:55:54

No more water for Beech

I've been informed that the town of Beech Mountain is attempting to pump water from the Watauga River, of this I am strongly opposed and I wish for you to relay this to the county commissionersHaving been a resident of Watauga County for more than 20 years and living and operating a business on Beech Creek, I can tell you with no hesitation that the town of Beech Mountain is no steward of our environment.  

You have only to get near Beech Creek to know when they are letting raw sewage into the creek; the stench is unmistakable.

They claim the sewage release as an "act of God," that is to say that when it rains too much they are incapable of processing it ... they send it downstream untreated. So much for living on a pristine trout creek.

Since living on Beech Creek, we have noticed a dramatic decrease of crayfish and an increase in algae in the creek, I suppose runoff of nitrogen fertilizers from their lush overfertilized and watered golf course is the culprit. 

If you need firsthand proof, I urge the commissioners to take a hike on some of the nature trails on Beech Mountain and be on the lookout for raw sewage dripping from the pipeline following, crossing and recrossing many of the once lovely creeks.

I urge all of the commissioners to vote against this obvious attempt to further overdevelop an area of our county that is already being developed in an unsustainable manner.

David Mezynski