Clean and healthy water resources in North Carolina and the Southeast states provide much of what we all enjoy: lush green forests, rich farmlands, running creeks and rivers with fish, turtles and frogs and estuaries among the most productive in the world. The waters upon which North Carolinians depend are abundant, so much so that in the past we have drained water-rich places to promote agriculture and development. But our water resources are also undervalued and under pressure. As the state's population grows and our forests and farmland make way for development, clean water may become a much more valued commodity.
Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions