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for Water Resources Research Institute News Vol. Issue 325, Sept/Oct 2000
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Concerns about the impact of human settlements on the available land suitable for agriculture have been rising rapidly during recent years. A study by the Pennsylvania State University Office for Remote Sensing of Earth Resources determined the extent and geographic distribution of soil productivity for land presently under urbanization in the contiguous United States. Specific results for North Carolina are provided in this article, and show the status of soil resources in relation to urbanization.
In July, Smithfield Foods, Inc. and North Carolina Attorney General Mike Easley announced that they had reached an agreement for phasing out open-air hog lagoons and spray fields in North Carolina. Smithfield will pay $15 million to North Carolina State University to develop environmentally superior waste disposal technologies within two years. Some details of the agreement are provided in this article.
The State of North Carolina and the Federal Emergency Management Agency signed an agreement in mid-September to update flood maps in North Carolina. The flood maps need to be updated to reflect changes in a watershed and development which can affect flood stage or height of rising river water resulting from storms. Updating flood maps is an important first step in establishing guidelines and restrictions on land use in the floodplain.
In August, President Clinton designated Wilson Creek in Avery and Caldwell counties as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The goal of this designation is to preserve the character of the river, including its free-flowing state. Wilson Creek has been called a whitewater boater’s dream and premier paddling destination.