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A fresh take on the region's salty affairs
By: Jim Hawhee, APNEP
Hilde Zenil of East Carolina University conducts surveys
Imagine someone whose only pleasure is to count blades of grass… -John Rawls
Submerged aquatic vegetation. Scientists casually refer to it as SAV and you might know it as seagrass, though the stuff in North Carolina grows mostly in our embayed sounds. It’s extremely important habitat for fish and waterfowl, and by extension it’s important to the hunters and fishermen that reside in and flock to eastern North Carolina.
Like the canary in the coal mine, these aquatic grasses are an important indicator of water quality in the sounds. Specifically, they are sensitive to nutrient and sediment inputs from upstream rivers which can limit how much light they receive. Rough estimates in the 1980s suggested that up to 200,000 acres of SAV existed in North Carolina’s sounds. In 2011, an APNEP-led effort to survey SAV from the air accounted for 138,000 visible acres.
Hooking the region's best video clips
UNC-TV's NC Weekend special on Goose Creek State Park. With its location just a few miles east of Washington, along the Pamlico River, this park allows visitors to connect with the Albemarle-Pamlico ecosystem. The park features seven miles of hiking trails with riverfront views, hardwood swamps, and coastal marshes.
News and information from the Albemarle-Pamlico region and beyond
State studies LNG plant at ports
1/30/15 11:22 AMRALEIGH – A plant to export liquid natural gas could be built at the state ports in Morehead City or Wilmington, according to a report presented recently to the N.C. General Assembly.
Hunting coyotes OK in wolf territory, panel says
1/30/15 11:22 AMThe North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission approved temporary rules Thursday that allow daytime hunting of coyotes in five counties where red wolves roam.
Red wolves could be declared extinct in NC
1/30/15 11:21 AMThe problem of red wolves in eastern North Carolina may be heading to resolution as the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has officially presented a two-pronged request to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: remove all red wolves from private land and declare red wolves extinct in the wild.
Dominion to award $1.2 million in grants
1/30/15 11:20 AMRICHMOND, Va., Jan. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Nonprofit organizations will share up to $1.2 million through a new environmental stewardship initiative, sponsored by Dominion Resources. The competitive program is designed to support specific, short-term projects that improve the environment.
Oysters are good for business
1/29/15 10:59 AMOCEAN -- Much of the nitty-gritty technical talk has been talked; now it’s time to figure out how to walk the oyster walk and get things done.
Advocates sue EPA over industrial farm emissions
1/29/15 10:59 AMEight advocacy groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to try to force federal action on air pollution from industrial livestock farms.
Governor appoints four to coastal, energy panels
1/29/15 10:58 AMThe governor announced appointments Wednesday to two environment and energy panels.
Cedar Point agrees to pursue park grant
1/29/15 10:58 AMCedar Point commissioners Tuesday night unanimously authorized town administrator Chris Seaberg to seek a $250,000 state grant to help fund the purchase of a 5.5-acre waterfront tract for the town’s first municipal park.
House Speaker Tim Moore assigns committee posts
1/29/15 10:57 AMOne day before legislators return to Raleigh to start work, House Speaker Tim Moore announced who will lead each committee.
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