Environmental Pollution and Ecotoxicology in North Carolina
Our contaminants specialists review environmental documents, regulations, and permits and licenses with pollution potential to ensure that harmful effects on fish, wildlife, and plants are avoided or minimized. We’ve used sound science and a straightforward approach with the regulated community to realize significant environmental gains in a cooperative fashion. Here’s a sampling:
We continue to provide technical assistance to the North Carolina Division of Public Health and Pest Management (PHPM) regarding emergency mosquito spray planning. We developed a GIS mapping tool identifying areas recommended to be excluded from mosquito spraying activities to avoid potential impacts to aquatic habitats, national wildlife refuges, and endangered species. This approach was used by PHPM to address endangered species concerns in counties affected by a recent hurricane. The coordination reduced proposed over water, refuge and endangered species habitat spray areas by about 100,000 acres in eastern North Carolina, making this a very significant pollution prevention, and cost saving, action.
Tom Augspurger, Ecologist, 919-856-4520 ext. 21
Sara Ward, Ecologist, 919-856-4520 ext. 30