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for Water Resources Research Institute News Vol. Issue 349, Sept/Dec 2004
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Following recent drought conditions, many North Carolina communities are developing water conservation plans and identifying backup water sources. Increasing development in some mountain watersheds is resulting in hydrologic changes, including increasing storm water runoff, erosion and sediment transport, unstable streambanks, and loss of flood plains. These changes will result in more frequent floods with greater impacts to low-lying communities.
Water providers and customers in North Carolina learned invaluable lessons from the record drought that reached its peak in the summer of 2002. Mandatory conservation measures were widespread and many people became good at rationing water. In spite of conservation efforts, municipal water providers in Orange County and other communities have increased their rates.
North Carolina’s state regulatory commissions jointly developed a unified plan for protecting and enhancing coastal fish habitat. The Coastal Habitat Protection Plan will guide decisions affecting six designated types of coastal fish habitats in North Carolina.