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for Water Resources Research Institute News Vol. Issue 327, Jan/Feb 2001
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Following record rainfall along the North Carolina coast caused by three sequential hurricanes (Dennis, Floyd and Irene) in fall of 1999, scientists began analyzing the impacts of the freshwater inputs to Pamlico Sound and speculating about the ecological consequences. They found that after the three storms passed over the watershed, nutrient-laden floodwaters displaced a large volume of Pamlico Sound and stimulated phytoplankton growth in the system. Weather experts predict that climate change and an increase in hurricane activity could seriously disrupt ecosystems critical for fishery resources, economic development, and habitability of the coastal zone.
In North Carolina, regulation and compliance of underground storage tanks is the responsibility of the Underground Storage Tanks Section of the North Carolina Division of Waste Management. About two-thousand tanks are temporarily closed because they have not been fully upgraded to meet the regulations. Because these tanks are privately owned, currently, the main goal of the Division is to identify the responsible parties and have the tanks permanently closed or upgraded.