Sep 18, 2018

Equestrian Center Faces Sediment Control Violations

The sediment control violations coincide with the FEI World Equestrian Games hosted by the North Carolina equestrian center

Equestrian center receives sediment control violations
Equestrian center receives sediment control violations

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued Tryon Equestrian Partners multiple notices of violation for lack of erosion controls that have resulted in sediment pollution near the Tyron Intl. Equestrian Center in Polk County, N.C. The last notice of violation was issued Sept. 10, but state investigators said weekend rain from Hurricane Florence may have led to additional violations if heavy sediment runoff is found in the White Oak Creek and its tributaries.

Sediment from 1 in. up to 10 in. has been found in White Oak Creek and the equestrian site has been issued several violations of their U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit and N.C. 401 WQC permit for not using best management practices to control waste washing and storm water runoff. While the creek is sediment-laden, no fish kills have been reported yet.

Sharon Decker, COO of the Tryon Intl. Equestrian Center, said that the equestrian center has worked to address the sediment concerns.

“Over the past four years we have moved 5 million cu yards of earth and have worked very closely with the DEQ in this process,” Decker said. “Once we were made aware of this several weeks ago, we met with the DEQ and consulted with our environmental engineers to make immediate improvements to erosion control measures.”

To address the sediment in the creek, the sediment will be relocated upland approximately 30 ft from the waters and will be contained by a silt fence perimeter and a layer of straw seeded with annual rye grass, as reported by the Asheville Citizen Times.

“This is the latest in a long history of environmental violations,” said Gray Jernigan, the Green Riverkeeper. “This is irresponsible development and illegal pollution. Construction sites are required to control storm water onsite and prevent release of mud when land has been disturbed. We’re finding that’s not happening down there.”