CLOVER, SC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Neighbors along Bonum Road near Lake Wylie are furious after a construction project nearby left dirt pouring into their yard and into the lake.
York County officials issued the company, D.R. Horton Inc., a stop work order on project because the ground they're building on is unstable. Debris is leaking into a nearby creek.
"It's ludicrous that this is becoming the new normal for this creek," said Sam Perkins, the Catawba River Keeper. "It's summertime this is the sort of creek where kids should be able to play and explore and find little fish and box turtles, frogs, but the developer here is taking that away."
The Perkins collected samples from Lake Wylie after it rained. He says sediment can harm a healthy ecosystem and harbors bacteria in the water by blocking sunlight.
"This is about as mich sediment as you'll ever see coming off of a site and this site in particular has been one of the worst offenders that we've seen throughout the entire region. It's something that's been going on at this point for years."
Neighbors are also fed up.
The Karen and Lewis Sain have lived on Lake Wylie for 20 years and say they never had a problem with sediment and mud runoff until work began across the street.
"They've gotten water retention ponds all out through there to try to slow the water flow into the lake, it didn't work. The ponds aren't filling up, but the water is still flowing and it's flowing into the lake, which is wrong. It's red sediment and it's filling in the cove," they told FOX 46.
The Catawba River Keeper says York County needs better regulations, enforcement and planning.
D.R. Horton has been given until August 10 to clean uo their act and their mess.