Pamlico Sound extends south and then southwestward some 80 miles from Roanoke Island to Cedar Island.
The Importance of Estuaries
- Provide goods and services that are economically and ecologically indispensable.
- Vital nesting and feeding habitats for many aquatic plants and animals.
- Economics centers of coastal communities.
- Control erosion and reduce flooding.
- The plants of the estuaries filter the pollutants out of the water.
Plants and Animals in the Pamlico Sound
- Sea turtles
- White ibises
- Snowy egrets
Feeding into the Pamlico Sound
- Neuse River
- Pamlico River
- Oregon Inlet
Threats of NC Estuaries
- Changes to the land bordering and surround the estuaries is harmful.
- Contaminates of the rivers and ocean water that is feeding into the estuaries is harming most of the estuaries of NC.
- Dredging of channels is causing sediments to stir up and cloud the water.
- Global warming is causing the water levels to rise.
- A excess of toxins is causing a overgrowth of plants, which is taking too much oxygen out of the water, and suffocating the environment,.