Expanding Areas of Eutrophication

Continuing the recap of the recent WRRI conference, Dr. Mike Mallin of my alma mater UNC-W presented his research titled “Onset of Unprecedented Toxic Cyanobacteria Blooms in the Cape Fear River”. In it, he highlighted troubling trends on the Cape Fear River. First, nutrient…

A few conference take-homes

This past week, NC’s Water Resources Research Institute held their annual meeting.  I dropped in for a session and talked with some presenters.  One theme presented in several talks is the continued and expanding problem of excess nutrients, or eutrophication, in area waters and…

A Ride Along the Lil Muddy

Car problems pushed me onto the local greenway recently for a ride along Crabtree Creek.   After passing an initial worrisome sign that was intended to discourage me, it turned out nice to be on two wheels instead of four. While nothing like the Big…

Nutrients in NC

In North Carolina and other areas of the U.S., excess nutrients from fertilizers, agricultural and urban runoff, and industrial pollution have led to algal blooms, fish kills, and damaged ecosystems.  It can also increase water treatment costs and support the growth of toxic algae….

Nutrients – Too much of a good thing

We use fertilizer to grow food and keep our lawns green.  While it has helped our food production keep pace with the world’s growing population, it has led to challenges when it comes to managing our water resources. What’s the problem?  While we need…