UNC Marine Sciences’ Dr. Piehler has been studying the water quality in Lake Mattamuskeet, and the lake’s murky water is a good indicator of the problems it faces. It is hard for light to penetrate the lake’s murky water, which has led to declining aquatic grasses that are important for filtration, as well as for waterfowl that migrate to the lake during the winter. The lack of light penetration has also led to algae replacing much of the vegetation. Researchers are studying all of these factors to determine the best strategy to return the lake to a more functional state. Read more » 


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