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for Water Resources Research Institute News Vol. Issue 237, Aug/Sept 1986
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Edgecombe County farmer Bellmont Murphrey is a pioneer in a new agricultural practice of controlled drainage with sub-irrigation. Murphrey built a control device on his main ditch that would permit the release of water during periods of high rainfall and the conservation of water at other times. His water management system has helped him to produce high corn yields, and interest in the new practice is spreading among other farmers.
After more than a decade of debate, state regulations for the discharge of water from peat mining were approved in July by the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission. Permits can now be issued for periods of up to five years provided the water quality standards and water use requirements are met.
As temperatures hovered in the mid-nineties and dry conditions continued over most of North Carolina in July, electric utilities strained to meet demand and water authorities in many locations instituted mandatory conservation measures. This article discusses reports from electric companies and typical conservation measures to deal with water shortages.
According to the North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service, the drought affecting the Piedmont and Mountain regions of the state came at one of the worst times possible for agriculture. As early crops in July struggled to survive and bear, later plantings of soybeans and sorghum were having trouble germinating. The drought’s impacts are also affecting cattle and poultry producers.
A report released by the North Carolina Division of Environmental Management in June offers a detailed assessment of freshwater toxicity of fluoride, sources of fluoride pollution, and the effects on the environment. The report will aid in the development of North Carolina water quality standards for toxicants.