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Lakes And Environmental Issues
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Runoff And Pollution
In addition to man-made pollution, stormwater runoff is a significant problem for area lakes. Defined as water which runs across impervious surfaces like rooftops, concrete parking lots, roads, and other surfaces and which does not soak into the ground, this water carries toxins and pollutants from urban areas into natural habitats where it can decrease water quality, kill fish, and impact other ecosystems which thrive off these waters.
Using the discussion below, tell us about waters close to your home and ways your local community is helping to mitigate stormwater runoff and man-made pollution.
Stormwater runoff can also be caused from flooding during hurricanes and tropical storms in populated areas.
Water Temperature And Quality
As the Earth continues to heat up, so does water within lakes. This gradual temperature change is changing the natural ecosystems for many animals and wildlife which inhabit bodies of water from Western NC to Eastern NC. As water temperature rises, many animals migrate to other areas creating problems for other species of animals.
Higher water temperatures often causes large fish kills in freshwater, and impacts the breeding and spawning of fish within lakes.
Water quality is also degraded when saltwater from the coast begins to encroach on freshwater habitats and changes the natural environment for many species within lakes that sit closer to the coast. Saltwater encroachment often happens from storm surge moving up coastal rivers caused from hurricanes and tropical storms.
In recent decades, conservationist noted many large fish kills in state lakes which resulted from toxins and pollution entering natural waters from farmlands and urban areas, from large algae blooms, or from other environmental conditions caused from water temperature or migration.
Using the discussion below, tell us about mitigation efforts within state lakes in your community which are designed to help fisheries and fish habitats.
State algae blooms are most often caused by excess phosphorus, nitrogen, and carbon coming together with warmer water to create dangerous conditions for fish habitats and other wildlife in the area.
Excess phosphorus, nitrogen, and carbon often enter natural waters from farmlands and other agricultural sources which are plentiful in NC.
Using the discussion form below, tell us ways in which your local community, conservationist, organizations, and wildlife biologist are working with the public to bring about clean water within natural bodies of water within the state.
Using the form below, what are some other statements, questions, and information you want to discuss about changing environmental conditions within NC lakes located in Western NC, the triad, and Eastern regions of the state as it relates to clean water, water quality, rising temperatures, fish habitats, and other wildlife concerns?