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for Water Resources Research Institute News Vol. Issue 251, June/July 1988
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North Carolina is moving towards waste reduction and pollution prevention measures, because it is more cost-effective to avoid producing waste than to clean or treat waste. Representatives of the North Carolina Pollution Prevention Program and the Hazardous Waste Management Branch believe obstacles to adopt waste reduction/pollution prevention as a national priority may have become institutionalized.
Researchers at the Water Resources Research Institute say that even though Western North Carolina has traditionally been regarded as an economically depressed area, population growth in the area is posing a threat to the quality of the area’s public water supplies. A new report assesses the threat to water supplies in the region through a study of a variety of data.
Local governments in North Carolina are taking advantage of water supply and water quality protection opportunities offered by the State’s Agricultural Cost Share Program by supplementing funding for local technical assistance. The program currently shares with farmers the cost of installing runoff controls for watershed conservation.
At the meeting of the North Carolina Water Resources Association, scientists discussed preliminary studies on the effects in North Carolina of global climate change due to the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Nothing that current scenarios of the possible effects of climate change differ widely, scientists suggest that research is needed to predict the impacts of climate change and to deal with policy questions.