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Quality of NC air, water, shows improvement, report says

Posted January 8, 2012

— Environment indicators show significant improvement in air and water quality in North Carolina, according to a report released this week by the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The 2011 North Carolina State of the Environment Report, released Friday found that air quality has improve substantially since the 1980s, partly because of businesses and industries taking steps to reduce ozone and particle pollution, as well as more stringent federal air quality standards.

The majority of the state’s lakes, streams and rivers also have good water quality and support fisheries and fish habitats, provide drinking water and allow a number of recreational uses, the report found.

About 40 percent of the state’s waters, however, contain pollutants such as mercury, bacteria and large amounts of sediment. In some areas, the report says, excess nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus have threatened water quality in both rivers and water supply reservoirs.


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  • ghimmy51 Jan 9, 2012

    As well as what brmyspots said, this also shows a depressed economy. With the Republicans determined to abolish all rules about air and water (you know ... those unnecessary things bad for business) clean anything will soon me a memory.

  • Alex25 Jan 9, 2012

    EPA, Sierra Club, Nat Resources Def Council, Fish & Wildlife, etc etc, are a bad bad deal for America...and American Freedoms.

    They have gone way past their mandate.

  • Alex25 Jan 9, 2012

    Earth....uh..make that Mother Earth to some of you, will re-generate from most anything with our help --- or without our help.

    Always has...

  • brmyspots Jan 9, 2012

    I guess all those democratic sponsored bills to clean up the air and water are finally working. Good job!!!