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Two major hurricanes, Dennis and Floyd, ravaged Eastern Carolina in 1999. While damage to man-made structures can be quickly assessed, damage to the environment over the long- term remains unknown. Early assessments reveal a drop in the oxygen content of the Neuse and other rivers, which can cause fish kills. Also observable is the large amount of freshwater that had flowed into the Pamlico and Core sounds, which promotes the growth of freshwater algae.
The decline in water quality of the Pamlico River and Sound, the second largest estuary in the country, threatens fish populations and the livelihoods of many fishermen. Two major industries using the lands along the water system are agriculture and forestry. Both contribute to the estuary's problems. Taylor examines the sources of the pollution, both nonpoint and point, and what can be done to control them.