NASA Images Show Dark, Polluted NC Rivers Flowing Into Ocean After Hurricane Florence

September 26, 2018 at 1:49 pm

Rivers polluted by Duke Energy’s coal ash and flooded manure lagoons at factory farms are creating giant, dark plumes in the Atlantic Ocean

A NASA satellite tracking flooding after Hurricane Florence shows dark, polluted North Carolina rivers flowing into the Atlantic Ocean.

The storm dumped 8 trillion gallons of water on the state, causing giant cesspools of manure from factory farms and toxic coal-ash pits to flood into streams and rivers. The pollution has now reached the ocean.

“One image captured on Sept. 19 shows the New River, White Oak River and Adams Creek south of Cape Lookout and the deeply discolored water that appears dark brown — or even black,” the Charlotte Observer reports.

“The second image … reveals how soils, sediments, decaying leaves, pollution, and other debris have discolored the water in the swollen rivers, bays, estuaries, and the nearshore ocean,” the NASA press release said.

“During hurricanes, storm surge brings contaminated coastal waters inland, which mixes with water from flooded livestock farms, septic tanks and sewage treatment plants,” says the video below.

This “toxic soup’ allows the deadly bacteria V. vulnificus to thrive in local drinking water supplies