Peatland Restoration Vital to Health
and Safety - September 2016
Tropical Storm Hermine dumped 6-10 inches of rain over Labor
Day weekend in eastern North Carolina .
More heavy rains have arrived since and are forecasted in the coming
days. These rains cause impacts to lands,
local infrastructure, and crops in Tyrrell, Hyde and Washington Counties. Some of these farmed areas are adjacent to
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. In
the past year, this area has been forced to deal with intense wet periods that
have dumped lots of rain on our communities in short, concentrated periods of
time. In fact, these intense rain events
are becoming more the norm than the exception. After heavy rains , there is a
persistent misunderstanding that is often expressed that refuge management
actions compound flooding issues on these farms. In fact, it’s normally just the opposite:
learn more about how the Service’s water management helps wildlife and people.