Water Quality for Fisheries: Industrial Agriculture and Factory Farming Impacts

Posted on

Image
Water Quality for Fisheries:

Industrial Agriculture and

Factory Farming Impacts

71ce2f9c-ceb4-4c2c-b264-3cd4f9ba04cc.png

ratio

type-01.png

 


CLICK ABOVE TO WATCH A SHORT VIDEO.
Coastal Carolina Riverwatch’s Water Quality for Fisheries Program includes a coalition of recreational and commercial fishermen and women that work to identify, prioritize, and tackle actions that protect the quality of water and quality of life in coastal NC. During the WQ4F survey, those who fish on the coast of NC identified industrial agriculture and factory farming as the number one priority focus for reducing water quality impacts to fisheries. The excess nutrients, from these facilities, cause eutrophication, habitat destruction, and algal blooms that block sunlight from reaching aquatic vegetation.

Algal blooms may contain toxic microorganisms such as a Pfiesteria which has contributed to public health issues and fish being plagued with large sores. These factors have caused massive fish kills in NC waters including species such as minnows, gar, largemouth bass, striped bass, and flounder.

Runoff from these facilities can also lead to the presence of fecal bacteria or pathogens in surface water. Fecal bacterial pathogens that can cause human health problems and may lead to shellfish collection restrictions.

IMG_6980.JPG
PHOTO: RIDER, 2022

STATEWIDE COVERAGE ON POULTRY CAFOS:

With little oversight, NC poultry farms raise 1 billion birds a year. Who pays the cost?

With no power to fend off poultry farms, neighbors live with stench and nuisances.

NEW PODCAST – This week on the Under the Dome politics podcast, host Dawn Vaughan talks with the main reporting team behind a project by The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer, “Big Poultry.” Plus a sneak peek of what’s to come in their coverage.

READ MORE ABOUT INDUSTRIAL AGRICULTURE AND FACTORY FARMING IMPACTS TO FISHERIES.

READ MORE ABOUT CCRW WORK TO ADDRESS CAFO CONCERNS.

READ MORE ABOUT RECENT HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS IN COASTAL NC.

IMG_0354.jpeg
PHOTO: LEWIS, 2022 – Dry litter piles sitting outside between the right two poultry barns.
As part of the Pure Farms Pure Water campaign, CCRW calls attention to these destructive practices, advocate for environmental laws, and support traditional family farms.

Coastal Carolina Riverwatch wants to see poultry CAFO’s regulated by the NC Department of Environmental Quality. Without proper regulation and enforcement, large facilities that produce as much waste as a large city will continue to pollute Coastal Carolina’s waterways and threaten our quality of water and quality of life.

This holiday season please consider supporting a small, local farm when searching for pork or poultry products. Small efforts like these, help our community businesses and help protect water quality in your back yard.

*ACTION ALERT*

Though many CAFOs cannot be seen from the road, please keep an eye out for any hog lagoons or uncovered dry litter piles that look (or smell) off and let the White Oak Waterkeeper know!

Report a Water Quality Concern
Want to learn more about how CAFOs impact our coastal community?

Join the Advocacy Book Club in reading “Wastelands: The True Story of Farm Country on Trial”.

Join the community in screening “The Smell of Money” at the Beaufort Picture Show – Mill Whistle Brewery in Beaufort.

Join the community in a book signing event with Corbin Addison and Coastal Carolina Riverwatch at Promise Land Market on Thursday, January 12th at 5:30pm.

Join the community Advocacy Working Group – Click Here to Sign Up Today!

Movie%20Night%20Flyer%20%28Facebook%20Post%29%20%28Business%20Card%29%20%281%29.png
Stack%20of%20Books%20Flyer%20%281%29.png
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Click Here to Support
Coastal Carolina Riverwatch
Programming and Services
ACHIEVEMENTS in 2022:

Through Coastal Carolina Riverwatch’s boots-on-the-ground rapid response program we have documented significant water quality problems that threaten human health and aquatic life and utilize that information to increase awareness and support for improved policies. We conduct research and use facilitated collaborative methods to engage advocates, scientists, industry, government, and other stakeholders to provide top-down prioritized gaps-in-service programming for the communities in coastal NC.

Click here for updates to the full 2022 Achievements.

Become A Member Today – Click Here!
Dark%20blue%20nautical%2C%20marine%20and%20sailing%20concept%20logo%20design.png
Platinum

Business Members

34-LOGO-CUTOUT_adobespark-300x300.png
download-1_1.png
Gold

Business Members

Seaoats-gold.png
First%20Bank-gold.jpg
Surfreaks%20logo%202.jpeg
Logo%20with%20Co%20Name.jpg
Harr.Logo.png
Silver

Business Members

pecan%20tree%20inn.png
Become a Business Member Today!
Coastal Carolina Riverwatch

www.coastalcarolinariverwatch.org

Email not displaying correctly?

View it in your browser

Unsubscribe

Facebook Twitter Instagram

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s