Neuse River Basin
By: Carson Tucker & Haleigh Stokes
Milage and Population
Nonpoint and Point sources of Pollution
An example of a nonpoint source of pollution in the Neuse River would be that too many of certain nutrients overpopulate the river and kill many things and cause aquatic plants to undertake an overgrowth. Low dissolved oxygen is another example, as they are a very important part of keeping a lot of aquatic plants alive. The partial removal of these nutrients and higher dissolved oxygen levels would be a great solution to these nonpoint sources.
An example of a point source of pollution is the free-swimming organisms, called Pfiesteria piscicida, which are thought to be connected to many major fish deaths. Fertilizers and animal wastes are another example, as they are linked to having an overpopulation of nitrogen and phosphorus, which could be potentially dangerous if enough is there. Removing the fertilizers, animal wastes, nitrogen, and phosphorus within the river would cause for less fish deaths and a healthier river, and is also a good solution for these point sources.