Lebo, M. E. Weyerhaeuser Company, lebom@wdni.com
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COOPERATIVE EFFORTS BY A FOREST PRODUCTS COMPANY TO ADDRESS EUTROPHICATION IN EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA, USA
 
The Neuse River basin has experienced tremendous population growth and agricultural expansion of livestock operations in recent years contributing to excess nutrients in the downstream estuary. Management actions to address nutrient sources have been developed by NC Division of Water Quality over a period of two years through technical work groups and public forums. The plan includes both required actions and voluntary contributions by stakeholder groups. Weyerhaeuser Company, a forest products company with timber, manufacturing, and real estate interests in the basin, has participated throughout the process and committed company technical resources to better characterize nutrient sources to the river and cycling within the estuary. Cooperative research efforts include forestry studies, estuarine monitoring of water quality conditions, and compilation of historical water quality data to evaluate trends in key eutrophication indicators over time. A key component of the voluntary contributions is the incorporation of data from company studies to better characterize forest outflow quality and nutrient concentrations in the Neuse Estuary. The cooperative efforts to characterize eutrophication in the Neuse Estuary and to understand linkages to land use within the watershed illustrate how industry can work with state agencies and academic researchers to develop science-based solutions to complex water quality problems.
 
Day: Wednesday, Feb. 3
Time: 11:15 - 11:30am
Location: Sweeney Center
 
Code: SS08WE1115S