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Black River Needs A Snag & Drag

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Life on the Black River is slow paced. It's as laid back as you could possibly get. The river is a priority for Pender County Commissioner Jimmy Tate. He's fully aware of the river's rich history, a river that runs right past the historic Moore's Creek Battleground. "The river's history dates back to the American Revolution of 1776, and if we continue to allow this river to be invaded with debris we will lose that rich piece of history, nobody will be able to get on Black River to see how the British got on the river travelling from Fayetteville to Wilmington." The last major snag and drag of the Black River was 8 years ago, but Pete Pridgen, whose family has lived on the river since 1610, says it was not a good snag and drag because the water level was too high at the time. He says it's way overdue for another good cleanup. "Its stopped up with tree limbs and it has a lot of sand. But predominately tree limbs. Jimmy Tate added: "We have some massive, massive drainage problems along Black River. That led us to getting a grant, I believe that if they provided us some funding that the legislators would prioritize this and they would address the Black River each year until the problem is rectified. We did get $100,000 of in-state legislative funding. Snag and dragging is not cheap. Jimmy Tate does not want Pender County residents to dip into their pockets. He is seeking state and federal help... Pete Pridgen says the county has to be behind the project for this to happen though. "This is a thing that's been going on for 10-15 years and we have been sidestepped or whatever you want to call it and nobody pays attention to western Pender County. Pender County Commissioners have approved a $12,000 contract for snag & drag. A task force meeeting will be held July 31 at 7pm at Penderlea School concerning drainage issues in western Pender County.

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