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Over the last 200 years agricultural drainage in the eastern section of the state transformed extensive wetlands into productive cropland. At the start of the 20th century about half a million drained agricultural acres were available for farming. The 1909 Act allowed more extensive drainage projects. O'Driscoll \"documents the history and extent of agricultural drainage in Eastern North Carolina, the effects of agricultural drainage on hydrology in the region and highlights some of the current and potential strategies to address the environmental impact of agricultural drainage on streams.\"
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