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for Water Resources Research Institute News Vol. Issue 294, July/Aug 1995
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At the request of the Town of Enfield, the North Carolina Division of Water Resources’ Water Supply Assistance Section recently conducted a study of water use in the Fishing Creek drainage area to determine if there is a need to regulate water use in the Tar River basin. The study finds that while existing wells do not produce large quantities of water, better location and construction could lead to higher well yields. Of greater significance is the occurrence of radioactive radon gas in the region’s groundwater.
In a study designed to support ongoing implementation of the Tar-Pamlico River Basin Nutrient Management Strategy and its nutrient trading program, scientists at the Center for Environmental Analysis at Research Triangle Institute suggest that targeting efforts to control agricultural nonpoint pollution at specific sources offers the best opportunities for reducing nutrient loading to the river. They suggest focusing on small land areas rather than whole counties or watersheds.
In an update of a 1991 study, scientists at North Carolina State University report that counties in the Piedmont and Coastal Plan produce more nutrients in animal waste than the crops grown in the counties can take up. The Extension Service will begin discussions with livestock producers about the need to consider dispersing livestock operations to prevent nutrient “saturation” or containment in localized areas.
At its June 8 meeting the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission approved proceeding to rulemaking on several surface water reclassification proposals, amendments to air quality permit exemptions, watershed protection rules. The commission will investigate the feasibility of new rules to require self-monitoring and reporting by operators of animal waste systems.
Heavy late-spring and early-summer rainfall in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain of North Carolina has sent high volumes of nitrogen-laden freshwater down the Neuse River. This has resulted in numerous, small, localized crab and fish kills and several sizeable algae blooms in the estuary near Morehead City.
A decision made in June by the North Carolina Court of Appeals will require the Environmental Management Commission to reconsider its decision to proceed with the controversial Randleman Dam project. This article reviews the Randleman debate, water quality concerns, and the Appeals Court decision.