By Andrew Harris
Pamlico Sound is a sound that lies in eastern North Carolina and is separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Pamlico Sound is home to many unique brid speies such as: Great Blue Herons, White Pelicons, and Bald Eagles.
The Pasquotank, Roanoke, Tar-Pamlico, Chowan, and Neuse rivers all flow into Pamlico sound.
Estuaries fuel Pamlico Sound's biodiversity by supplying a constant stream of new life and also giving a refuge for living things
Estuaries are fragile ecosystems that can easily be affected by human behavior and other environmental changes. Things such as Water treatment plants are putting waste out into streams and rivers that flow into estuaries, harming them. Agriculture also releases lose sediments into the ecosystem which is almost always harmful. Land clearing and forestry loosens sediments that flow into rivers and streams and get caught in estuaries.
How to help?
People can help in many ways. They can conserve water, which lightens the work load of water treatment plants. People can also plant plants along rivers and streams that have strong root systems. This reduced the amount of sediment flowing in streams and into estuaries.