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May 10, 2006

Extension helps with water-quality lessons for Western NC

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Water quality has deteriorated so much in Western North Carolina that Buncombe County’s erosion control officer received almost 250 complaints between July and October last year, says a January story in the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Experts say the two reasons for water quality’s decline, erosion and stormwater runoff, both apparently due to increased development, are getting worse. Three major mountain watersheds – the French Broad, Watauga and New – are in the grips of major development.

But communities can learn how to improve water quality. North Carolina Cooperative Extension, partnering with North Carolina State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, have produced and presented water-quality related education programs for years.

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Posted by Natalie at May 10, 2006 09:29 AM