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

Publication Date: September 2005

Publisher: North Carolina Public Interest Research Group Education Fund

Author(s): Christine Wunsche; Jasmine Vasavada

Research Area: Environment

Keywords: development; water pollution; sprawl

Type: Report

Coverage: North Carolina


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.