A worker uses an excavator to slope the bank of a drained pond Friday in Cape Carteret. The work is part of an N.C. Coastal Federation-led project intended to improve water quality in Deer Creek, which is polluted by stormwater runoff that has for several years flowed untreated from nearby streets and retail parking lots and included in the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of impaired waters. The ponds, when completed, will function as a natural treatment method for runoff, slowing its movement and allowing for filtration before it flows into the creek. The grading and structural work is about 99 percent complete on the lower, easternmost pond, and the team has begun to focus on the upper pond. Vegetative planting will likely begin later this month. Photo: Todd Miller
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