By Nick Rodriguez
The Pamlico Sound is located in Easter North Carolina. It is the Largest sound on the East Coast. It is 80 miles long and 25-20 miles wide depending on where you are.
Importance of Estuaries
Estuaries provide habitats for thousands of marine species. They can act as a nursery for many young organisms.
Organisms Found at the Pamlico Sound
The Pamlico Sound has animals such as clams, oysters, Black Sea Bass, flounder, crabs, and shrimps. It also contains plants such as cattails, bullrushes, reeds, needlerush, and cordgrasses.
Rivers, Streams, and Waterways that feed into the Pamlico Sound
Water bodies that feed into the Pamlico sound are the Tar-Pamlico and Neuse Trent Rivers. These two rivers feed it from the West. The inlets Hatteras and Ocracoke provide water from the East.
Environmental Threats to the Pamlico Sound
There are many threats to the Pamlico Sound. It is located in the Albermarle-Pamlico watershed. Approximately 30,880 square miles of land drain into this watershed. Many Pollutants can be drained into the Pamlico Sound. Growing populations in this watershed puts more stress on the Pamlico Sound. Sewage, Pesticides, trash, and other toxic chemicals are drained into the Pamlico Sound. The Pamlico Sound is where most of North Carolina's Marine life grows.