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for Water Resources Research Institute News Vol. Issue 271, Sept/Oct 1991
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A report on biological monitoring in North Carolina streams recently released by the Water Quality Section of the North Carolina Division of Environmental Management shows improvement in water quality at twenty-six monitored locations and a decline in quality at five locations. This article provides a summary of the data collected through the Benthic Macroinvertebrate Ambient Network between 1983 and 1990. The data describe the biodiversity and species abundance in association with water quality conditions.
The North Carolina Environmental Commission voted to send to public hearing proposed special designations for water bodies across the state. Proposed watershed protection classifications include Outstanding Resource Waters (ORW), Shellfishing/Outstanding Resource Waters (SA-ORW), or High Quality Waters (HQW).
According to the United States Geological Survey’s National Water Conditions, temperatures were above normal throughout most of the nation in July. In North Carolina, streamflow values declined statewide for the third month in a row but remained at average to slightly above average levels. Rainfall, streamflow, groundwater, and reservoir levels in July and August are presented in this article.
The 1991-92 Green Index, issued by the Institute for Southern Studies of Durham, ranks North Carolina’s environmental conditions and policies slightly above average when compared to other states. The Green Index is a set of 256 indicators that measure and rank conditions of environmental health.