Small-Scale Retrofits Improve Water Quality

At 12 sites on Pivers Island, the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve and the state’s coastal management program joined other state and federal partners in an effort to upgrade water quality and lessen flooding. This was accomplished by boosting green infrastructure (natural areas) and making minor retrofits to existing infrastructure. These cost-efficient improvements made a difference. Improved water quality is particularly important to this location, the site of several coastal and marine organizations and a short distance from fishing and agricultural communities. (2016)

Partners: Duke University Marine Lab, NOAA’s National Center for Coastal Ocean Science, North Carolina Division of Coastal Management, North Carolina Reserve