Salt water intrusion in freshwater wetlands of coastal North Carolina

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Salt water intrusion in freshwater wetlands of coastal North Carolina

Salt Water Intrusion in Freshwater Wetlands of Coastal North Carolina

- Decreases availability of drinking water- Alters freshwater habitats and ecosystems- Prevents and degrades agriculture

How Salinization Works

What are Wetlands?According to the Clean Water Act, wetlands are "Areas that are inundated or saturated by surface or groundwater at a frequency and duration sufficient to support ... a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions. Wetlands generally include swamps, marshes, bogs and similar areas."(EPA Regulations 40 CFR 230.3(t))

Prevention and Solutions

By Francesca Peay

Tidal Marshes are common in Eastern NC

Map of North Carolina's various wetlands

What are the Effects?

A simplified coastal aquifer

Overpumping of groundwater, sea-level rise, and urbanization can cause saltwater intrusion


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