North Carolina's coastal, estuarine and river ecosystems are some of the richest in the nation. But changing land use patterns, development and increasing populations around the state
— both in the coastal zone and upland areas
— are taking their toll on the state's waterways and natural resources. Degraded habitats and poor water quality affects the productivity of living resources and jeopardizes the health of coastal and estuarine ecosystems.
North Carolina Sea Grant brings together research scientists, resource managers and communities to facilitate research, outreach and education about these unique habitats, particularly in the areas of water quality planning and habitat restoration.
Water Quality Planning
Clean water is a key factor in the health of all coastal ecosystems, communities and economies. North Carolina Sea Grant works to help local governments better understand the links among land use, stormwater runoff and water quality. Recognizing these relationships is critical for communities as they plan for development and future growth.
Clean water and clean habitats go together. From an urban stream in Raleigh to oyster beds along the coast, North Carolina Sea Grant has a demonstrated record of research and outreach efforts that focus on restoring damaged habitats.
Photos: NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Scott Taylor