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N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Marine Fisheries - Infrastructure

Marine Fisheries

Infrastructure

Habitats Affected: Water column, SAV, wetlands

Common sources: Construction and operation of bridges, roads, culverts, sewage systems, pipelines, etc.

Impacts:

  • Construction of new bridges may result in loss of SAV or wetlands, while also degrading nearby habitat with increased sediment loading.
  • Fill, impervious surfaces, or culverts placed in wetlands for roadways alters the hydrology of the system, often impacting upstream wetlands, and the ability of fish to migrate upstream to spawning or nursery areas.
  • Installation of submerged pipes or cables across SAV beds or ocean hard bottom can result in destruction of habitats that have long recovery periods.

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