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Polluted Runoff in North Carolina: The effect of polluted runoff on North Carolina's waters

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North Carolina is experiencing steady population growth and an ensuing loss of open space as forest and agricultural land is converted to residential and commercial development. This urbanization is associated with strong negative impacts on water quality due to sharp increases in polluted runoff. As North Carolina works to meet the needs of its growing population, reining in polluted runoff will be a critical step in achieving the water quality goals of the Clean Water Act.