Filtering the Way

October is here and for many shellfish enthusiasts that means they can begin enjoying local oysters.  In addition to their taste, oysters have tremendous ability to clean water through their filter feeding.  Oysters pump gallons of water daily through their gills to consume the…

The Chowan Algae Problem

As highlighted last year, the Chowan River has an Algae problem. Excess nutrients provide the key ingredient that, when combined with summer heat help fuel harmful algal blooms. NC Sea Grant program is now funding research into the Chowan and the potential for continued…

Looking Forward

2020 has not started off well.  The global Pandemic has sickened and killed many and put a hard stop on the economy.  Our environmental continues, however, in modified form. We’re developing plans for our current projects at home and looking forward to when we…

Revenuesheds

Watershed management is essential in the protection of water resources.  How about revenuesheds?  That’s one of the messages in a report released from UNC’s NC Policy Collaboratory on measures needed to improve water quality Jordan Lake.  The revenueshed concept emphasizes that users of the…

Impaired Water Trends

Nutrient related water quality impairm At the November 2019 Environmental Management Commission Meeting, NC DEQ presented their Annual Basinwide Water Management Plan report highlighting threats and efforts to manage our state’s water resources.  Regarding nutrients, there were a number of concerning items reported: Nutrient…

Chowan Bloom

As the temperatures cool, the likelihood of algae blooms and associated water quality problems diminishes. Flowing through the sparsely populated northeast North Carolina, the Chowan River needs a break from being plagued by several blooms that raised health alerts from the State this summer….

Northern Exposure

Algal Bloom Lake Hopatcong, NJ (Source NJ DEP)

North Carolina is no stranger to algal blooms. Hot summers, runoff from agricultural and urban lands combine with shallow, slow moving estuaries create conditions that cause harmful algal blooms (HABs). While common in our State, its becoming more common in areas to our north….

North River Farms

In 1999, the largest coastal restoration project in NC began with funding from the State’s Clean Water Management Program to purchase nearly 2000 acres of farm land in Carteret County for the purpose of restoring wetlands that were drained to become North River Farms….

Scrubbing and Skimming

Skimming – A recent story on the Corps of Engineers use of algal skimmers in Florida to help combat toxic algal blooms reminded me of North Carolina’s own efforts to combat algal blooms. In Florida, the Lake Okeechobee skimming process uses “dissolved air flotation”…

Upstream Benefits

The Falls Lake Nutrient Strategy put in place by NC DEQ in 2010 provides more than just drinking water protections for Falls Lake. Communities in the Falls watershed such as Durham benefit from the rule protections, too.  Durham’s drinking water supply comes from Lake…