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Bladen Co. commissioners approve White Lake water quality resolution

Updated: May. 7, 2018 at 9:44 PM EDT
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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Bladen County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution aimed at improving the water quality at White Lake.

Monday night's Board of Commissioners meeting came hours after biologists from the state Department of Environmental Quality were dispatched to the lake to investigate reports of dead fish washing ashore.

The resolution supports efforts by the Town of White Lake, with help from Elizabethtown and Bladen County, to take corrective measures to restore the lake to its natural state.

"I think that I can speak freely for everyone that we pray that it gets better. We're confident that it's going to get better," said Ray Britt, chairman of the Bladen County board. "It will get done and it will get done right. It may take time, but I just ask the people to be patient and to be compassionate with the people that's involved, that's trying to make a difference.

"I think that they will prevail and anything that we as commissioners can do, obviously, we want to do."

White Lake, Elizabethtown and Bladen County seek financial assistance from the state to treat the water and will cost share in the effort, according to supporting documents for the resolution.

In a letter to Rep. William Brisson, the Town of White Lake asked about the possibility of allowing the town to perform additional alum treatments if needed.

The state Division of Water Quality halted an alum treatment on Monday due to public concern following the fish dying.

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