Booming North Carolina hog numbers 'not ruining water quality'

Yancy Jr., Cecil H.
August 2004
Southeast Farm Press;8/4/2004, Vol. 31 Issue 19, p23
Trade Publication
At the same time North Carolina farmers were expanding in hog production, water quality improved or remained stable in four river basins, according to an analysis of 32 years of data. Forty-six percent of all sampling stations showed a trend toward improvement of water quality. Another 23 percent showed stable water quality. Only 5 percent showed a trend toward deteriorating water quality, and the location of the monitoring stations pointed to urban growth as a possible factor. On the steps of the Legislative Building in Raleigh, North Carolina, Frontline Farmers, a group of hog farmers in North Carolina released results of a study that analyzed water quality data over 32 years-roughly from 1970-2000, from the state's Department of Environment and Natural Resource.


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