North Carolina's top statewide elected leaders have agreed to move ahead on experimenting with machines within a man-made lake that provides drinking water in the Triangle as a way to reduce algae there.
A majority on the Council of State voted Tuesday in favor of acquiring easements from the U.S. Corps of Engineers so that the Division of Water Resources can install water-cleaning technology in Jordan Lake.
The General Assembly last summer directed $1.7 million toward the project while at the same time delaying for three years cleanup rules for the lake. State environment Secretary John Skvarla told the council the two-year experiment will determine whether pollution reduction can occur using less expensive methods.
Attorney General Roy Cooper and State Treasurer Janet Cowell voted against the expected easements.