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Groundwater Contamination

Groundwater
Quality

Did you know soil scientists are involved in conducting groundwater studies to trace contamination and to develop strategies to make corrective actions. Contamination commonly is located in the soil, saprolite, and water phases.  Soil and groundwater chemistry are important to the  understanding of the interaction of various types of chemical contaminants.

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Groundwater Contamination

Groundwater
Quality

Did you know soil scientists are involved in conducting groundwater studies to trace contamination and to develop strategies to make corrective actions. Contamination commonly is located in the soil, saprolite, and water phases.  Soil and groundwater chemistry are important to the  understanding of the interaction of various types of chemical contaminants.

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Resource Conservation Workshop

Resource Conservation
Workshop

For the past fifty years, youth have traveled from every corner of the state to spend a week at NC State to delve into the world of natural resources conservation.  Throughout their residency, youth clamber into soil pits to determine the suitability of the spot for on-site waste treatment based on their deductions of soil texture, color and structure.  Other youth might be be using GPS technology to mark waypoints across a farm, taking the information back to the lab to create a map which they can use to determine a Best Management Practice plan. Rotating through field trips, lectures and labs, the the Resource Conservation Workshop focus’s on youth’s understanding in soils, agronomy, forestry, water and wildlife.

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Sediment Baffles

Sediment & Erosion
Control

Did you know sediment is the number one pollutant of North Carolina  waterways? Soil scientists  are studying new methods to prevent soil loss from construction sites in the mountains  where trout streams are highly-sensitive to ecosystem disruption.

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Soil Carbon

Soil Science &
Climate Change

Did you know microscopic organisms regulate the accumulation of carbon in the soil, which has major implications with regards to the global carbon balance and potentially global warming.  Carbon sequestration in the soil exceeds the sum of the carbon stored in the atmosphere (~ 750 billion tons) and all living plants (~610 billion tons). Conservation practices that increase the storage of carbon and decrease the decomposition of organic matter may very well have a positive impact on stabilizing or even reducing global temperatures

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Riparian Buffers

Riparian Buffers for
Protecting Water Quality

North Carolina is a state with abundant water resources. There are over 35,000 miles of streams and rivers in North Carolina as well as several of the largest estuaries in the United States and 320 miles of coastal waters. The water resources in North Carolina most affected by pollution are streams and rivers. The Department of Soil Science has demonstrated the importance of riparian buffers in protecting our water resources. In general, riparian buffer systems: Protect water resources from nonpoint source pollutants, such as sediment and nutrients. Moderate fluctuations in stream temperature. Control light quantity and quality in the stream. Enhance habitat diversity. Stabilize stream banks and modify channel morphology. Enhance food webs and species richness.

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Soil 101: Introduction to Soil – Online! popular

Understanding soil is a basic skill needed by anyone interested in agriculture, environmental science, gardening, natural resource management, and water quality. Traditionally, to gain that skill, a person has had to pay college MORE »

Climate change: How does soil store CO2?

Scientists have now discovered how organic carbon is stored in soil. Basically, the carbon only binds to certain soil structures. This means that soil’s capacity to absorb CO2 needs to be re-assessed and MORE »

Improve your soil management program

Are you continuing to evaluate your tillage and soil management program? It’s worth the thought that you regularly put into all the other aspects of your farm management, even if the changes you MORE »

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Certification Training for Nutrient Management PlannersMon Mar 9 - Fri Mar 13, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
Raleigh, NC
— 8 months away
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