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News Release: Some Coastal Plain Streams Influenced by Animal Feeding Operations

Sandy Run tributary to Middle Swamp, Greene County, North Carolina

Sandy Run tributary to Middle Swamp, Greene County, North Carolina.
Photograph by Stephen Harden, USGS

Animal feeding operations have measureable effects on stream water quality in many agricultural watersheds in the North Carolina Coastal Plain, according to a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey.

USGS scientists took water samples from 54 agricultural sites in the Coastal Plain area in order to assess water-quality differences among streams draining watersheds with and without concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.

The researchers found that 58 percent of the watersheds containing CAFOs had distinct differences in water quality reflecting swine and/or poultry manure effects. However, 28 percent of the watersheds showed no measurable manure effects on water quality, despite having CAFOs upstream.

North Carolina is one of the Nation’s leaders in animal production, with over 2,300 CAFOs regulated by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Water Resources. Most of the permitted CAFOs, about 2,000, consist of swine production facilities that are located in the Coastal Plain, and as such, there is substantial interest in understanding their influence on stream water quality.

A full copy of the report, “Surface-Water Quality in Agricultural Watersheds of the North Carolina Coastal Plain Associated with Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations,” ( is available online.

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Recent Publications

SIR 2015-5084
Delineation of Areas Having Elevated Electrical Conductivity, Orientation and Characterization of Bedrock Fractures, and Occurrence of Groundwater Discharge to Surface Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Barite Hill/Nevada Goldfields Superfund Site Near McCormick, South Carolina
By Melinda J. Chapman
Scientific Investigations Report 2015-5084
SIR 2015-5080
Surface-Water Quality in Agricultural Watersheds of the North Carolina Coastal Plain Associated with Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
By Stephen Harden
Scientific Investigations Report 2015-5080
SIR 2015-5001
Low-Flow Characteristics and Flow-Duration Statistics for Selected USGS Continuous-Record Streamgaging Stations in North Carolina Through 2012
By J. Curtis Weaver
Scientific Investigations Report 2015-5001

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USGS CoreCast: Groundwater Awareness Week
From large drawdowns in the Great Plains aquifer to arsenic in some wells in New England, this episode of CoreCast highlights six different USGS groundwater studies all across the United States, including Wake County in North Carolina. (7.68 Mb)

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