If you live in Southeastern North Carolina the Cape Fear River is likely your drinking water. Could algae be tainting it? Kemp Burdette the Cape Fear Riverkeeper says runoff from animal farms give the cape fear the nutrients it needs for algae to grow.
A potentially toxic blue-green algae that caused the shutdown of the public water system in Toledo, Ohio, has been found in the Cape Fear River at Lock and Dam No. 1, near the water intakes for the Brunswick and New Hanover counties' water systems.
The hot and dry weather that has dominated the area over the last several weeks is contributing to extensive algal blooms in the Cape Fear River and the Northeast Cape Fear River, according to officials with the NC Division of Water Quality.