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Pasquotank River Basin
Transcript of Pasquotank River Basin
Pasquotank is a total of 3,635 square miles and is forty one percent water. This includes 22,700 freshwater acres, 918,224 estuarine acres, and 2000 miles of streams and rivers, thus making it the fifth largest basin in the state.
The Pasquotank River Basin is home to an abundance of aquatic wildlife, specifically threatened or endangered species such as Loggerhead and Green turtles, the Hawksbill, Leatherback and Kemp's Ridley sea turtles, and the West Indian manatee can all be found here.
The latest inhabitant of the area is the endangered Red Wolf species. This population once thrived all over the Southeastern United States. But in the 1960s, due to agressive predator control programs and deforestation, the Red Wolf species were nearly brought to extinction. Some other land roaming animals include bobcats and various species of snakes.
The Pasquotank River Basin is located mainly in North Carolina's Coastal Plain and drains into the Albemarle sound; but also has a small portion of it's headwaters located in Virginia. This basin flows freshwater until tidal influence begins just downstream of Elizabeth City. Pasquotank has a population of approximately 195,000 people.
Pasquotank River Basin
Map of Pasquotank River Basin
The Pasquotank River Basin is also home to many types of vegetation. Many different types of Bladderwort grow along the many streams and rivers in the basin. Giant Peatmoss, Pale Managrass, Southern Hornwort and Leafless Watermilfoil are other examples of the wide variety of plant life in Pasquotank.
A current issue in the Pasquotank River Basin is physical destruction; partially due to natural processes, but also partially because of the human influence on such an environment . The basin waters have suffered immensely; losses in native vegetation, erosion of banks and straightening of streams have negatively affected the area. This river basin is home to a vast amount of aquatic and terrestrial life. Because of this, not only is the land and the river basin harmed, but also the creatures and plant life located in the area- all of which depend on the basin for food, shelter and protection.
We as humans are trying our best to find ways to conserve and repair the basin. There are attempts to control population to decrease dependance on the land for shelter as well as the need for food. Efforts to better conserve water quality and limit stream and river erosion to slow the physical destruction process have also been executed. Groups such as NC Division of Land Quality, US Fish and WIldlife Service, and the Ecosystem ENhancement Program, all support such actions in order to preserve the Pasquotank River Basin environment.
The Pasquotank River Basin
By Courtney Carroll and Royal' Sutton