Development is moving inland from the coasts, and condominium complexes and housing communities are springing up along inland waterways. There is concern that this land-change will affect aquatic organisms downstream and in the estuaries. To address this concern, the North Carolina Blue Crab Research program is funding a research project at East Carolina University. The researchers are Greg Meyer, an ECU doctoral student; Joe Luzckovich, a fishery biologist; Mark Brinson, a wetland ecologist; and Terry West, an invertebrate zoologist. Seiling discusses the team's research and some early results.