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for Water Resources Research Institute News Vol. Issue 246, Sept/Oct 1987
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In July, Federal Judge W. Earl Britt ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers must restudy two issues related to the Lake Gaston/Virginia Beach pipeline project for which the Corps issued 404 construction permits in 1984. The ruling will delay the pipeline project, but does not require the full-scale Environmental Impact Study that the State of North Carolina and the Roanoke River Basin Association sought in their suit against the Corps.
To protect the largest stand of maritime forest left on the Outer Banks and the Cape Hatteras Aquifer, which provides water to most of the residents in the area, the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management has proposed designating the Buxton Woods area as an Area of Environmental Concern. The designation would restrict development in Buxton Woods, and the proposal has created controversy.
Researchers at North Carolina State University recommend that agricultural producers in coastal North Carolina continue to use wetlands to filter sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus from water drained from agricultural fields despite evidence that artificial flooding will change the nature of wetland forests. Their recent studies suggest some guidelines for more effectively using wetland buffers to remove pollutants from agricultural drainage.
A study by the North Carolina Division of Water Resources says that anticipated industrial development and increased agricultural irrigation could have a heavy impact on surface water resources in the Dan River Basin over the next three decades. Development of water resources in the basin must be carefully planned to maintain adequate streamflows and water quality.