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Water: Estuaries and Coastal Watersheds

Albemarle-Pamlico Sounds (NEP Profile)

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Summary Information

Year Established: 1987
Location: North Carolina
Area of Watershed: 81,791 square kilometers


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Like other estuaries, the Albemarle- Pamlico Sounds suffer from the loss of wetlands habitat. Therefore, the Albemarle- Pamlico Estuary Program is sponsoring a marsh construction project. Landowners and contractors are building breakwaters and planting marsh grass to provide vital habitat, prevent erosion, and filter pollutants. The breakwaters will be low enough to withstand severe storms and maintain water quality, but high enough to protect marsh grass planted behind them and buffer eroding shorelines from destructive waves. Eventually, the marsh grass will provide additional habitat and prevent further shoreline erosion.

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