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for Water Resources Research Institute News Vol. Issue 239, Nov 1986
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Construction on the Outer Banks of North Carolina is resulting in the creation of large expanses of impervious areas. Disposing of the runoff from these areas during storms in a manner that is not detrimental to the adjacent sounds and ocean is among the most pressing water management problems confronting the developers and public officials in this area. This article discusses the issue, potential design problems, the water table, and artificial drainage.
United States District Judge Earl W. Britt is expected to issue a summary judgment in the dispute between the State of North Carolina and the City of Virginia Beach over Virginia Beach’s proposal to withdraw water from Lake Gaston for its use. At issue is whether or not an Environmental Impact Statement should have been performed before permits were issued to allow Virginia Beach to proceed with the project.
Although several noxious aquatics are being considered for inclusion in North Carolina’s Aquatic Weed Control Program, all control efforts to date have focused on hydrilla and alligator-weed. This article discusses the distribution of infestation and where control efforts have been effective.
The North Carolina Division of Environmental Management recently studied the toxicity of selenium in freshwater. Selenium was a priority review because the decline of fish populations in Hyco and Belews Lakes had been associated with the chemical. The study confirms that the present selenium criteria are adequate to protect freshwater aquatic life.
Groundwater is presently serving a variety of important needs across North Carolina. The most critical importance of groundwater is serving scattered homes, farms, small residential developments and small communities. In eastern North Carolina, groundwater is either the major or the only water source.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has published the results of a 1985 survey to assess the effectiveness of the states’ efforts to insure the safety of non-federal dams within their borders. North Carolina’s dam safety program is rated “adequate” and the state is considered “progressive” in its efforts to advance dam safety.