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Riparian buffers along streams filter out large amounts of pollution before it reaches streams. Many Neuse River Basin landowners are protesting a temporary rule requiring them to have 50-foot buffers along streams. Champion International Corp., however, voluntarily is leaving 200-foot buffers on thirty-two miles of Upper Tar River Basin streams. The corporation is asking landowners to do likewise.
The United States Geological Survey’s fourth National Water Summary released in October indicates that the overall quality of the nation’s groundwater is good, but management and protection of groundwater resources remain major challenges. In North Carolina, the most common naturally occurring groundwater quality problem is the presence of saltwater in all aquifers in the eastern region. Contamination from landfills, waste lagoons, underground storage tanks, and accidental chemical spills also contribute to water quality problems.