Currently, a pilot project is being conducted to study BMP effectiveness on
tributary to the Tar River. Chicod Creek has been
Chicod Creek, a coastal
identified by the State as severely degraded due to impacts from animal
The project is funded by EPA appropriations obtained through the
efforts of the Association and by the minimum payments from the Association.
The results of this study will provide important information on how BMP monies
can be effectively targeted in other portionsof the Coastal Plain.
Over the past 30 years, an estimated 50 percent of the Pamlico's wetlands have
been destroyed (NCEDF, 1993). Wetlands control excessive nutrients by
trapping pollutant-laden sediment, lowering flood peaks, storing nutrients in
vegetation and soil, and transforming nitrogen to gases that enter the
atmosphere. For Chicod Creek, NCEDF is developing high-resolution maps to
pinpoint degraded wetlands and areas of major