Project Title

The Health and Safety Hazards Posed by Hurricanes and Western Hemisphere Cyclones On Water Quality along the North Carolina Barrier Islands

Major

Masters of Public Health

Department

Environmental Health Science

Degree

Graduate

Mentor

Sheila D. Pressley

Mentor Department

Environmental Health Science

Abstract

The purpose for this report is to analyze the existing problems in water quality, assess potential problems and also report on the current water quality along the North Carolina barrier islands for the towns of Cape Hatteras, Brodie Island, Ocracoke Island, and the entirety of the Outer Banks.

More than twenty resources have been identified and annotated for their respective ideologies and topics. The water quality dating back to 1999 will be taken from the North Carolina Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the United States National Parks Service. Furthermore, from March 31st- April 4th further testing will be taken and analyzed for an accurate and up to date report.

The present findings are that the North Carolina barrier islands have an extreme scenario of natural beauty and high propensity for a natural hazard. Natural hazards are an effect on human health and safety, both directly and indirectly.

For research purposes the biggest disaster one could face during a storm of this magnitude is a waste water facility or storage pong being flooded into nearby streams and aquatic throughways. It is for this reason that current water quality, potential problems in water quality and areas that would be most highly impacted if a waterborne outbreak were to occur.

Currently there are only two waste water facilities on the island that handle over three hundred thousand gallons per day; however one of them does also contain a 5.2 million gallon storage pond. If that were to be released into an area with such lack of infrastructure, most people running on well water would see impacts within days to their water quality.

Presentation format

Other

Poster Number

14

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The Health and Safety Hazards Posed by Hurricanes and Western Hemisphere Cyclones On Water Quality along the North Carolina Barrier Islands

The purpose for this report is to analyze the existing problems in water quality, assess potential problems and also report on the current water quality along the North Carolina barrier islands for the towns of Cape Hatteras, Brodie Island, Ocracoke Island, and the entirety of the Outer Banks.

More than twenty resources have been identified and annotated for their respective ideologies and topics. The water quality dating back to 1999 will be taken from the North Carolina Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the United States National Parks Service. Furthermore, from March 31st- April 4th further testing will be taken and analyzed for an accurate and up to date report.

The present findings are that the North Carolina barrier islands have an extreme scenario of natural beauty and high propensity for a natural hazard. Natural hazards are an effect on human health and safety, both directly and indirectly.

For research purposes the biggest disaster one could face during a storm of this magnitude is a waste water facility or storage pong being flooded into nearby streams and aquatic throughways. It is for this reason that current water quality, potential problems in water quality and areas that would be most highly impacted if a waterborne outbreak were to occur.

Currently there are only two waste water facilities on the island that handle over three hundred thousand gallons per day; however one of them does also contain a 5.2 million gallon storage pond. If that were to be released into an area with such lack of infrastructure, most people running on well water would see impacts within days to their water quality.