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According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nonpoint sources of water pollution (i.e., agriculture, urban runoff, mining, forestry, and construction) are among the leading causes of decreased water quality in the United States. The State of North Carolina recently promulgated stringent regulations governing land use in watersheds and are effectively using GIS as a system for hydraulic models to reinforce new legislation.
With a barrier island coast and vast areas of estuaries, North Carolina is particularly vulnerable to global warming. In addition, agriculture and urban areas are now more vulnerable to changes in temperature and precipitation associated with global warming. Thus, this article explores global warming and associated methane emissions in North Carolina.
Accelerated soil erosion, due to agriculture and construction, is a serious concern in North Carolina. Using geographic information systems, researchers examined historical land use patterns in a southern Appalachian watershed and related techniques to relate those activities to estimated spatial and temporal patterns of soil erosion since the implementation of soil conservation programs.
Whitewater boating has become an important part of the economy and has significantly changed the cultural landscape of numerous communities in the southeast. This article examines the flow duration of three southeastern streams to determine how often they typically flow at rate sufficient for kayaking and rafting.