take the changes in the economic devel-
opment of the region into account.
"Unfortunately, it's been mn through
the popular press before the science has
gotten far enough along. There are no
off- the-shelf silver bullets for tracing these
nutrients from their sources."
Paerl's focused on the cause-oxygen
depletion in the river- and he suspects
fish-eating organisms may be the effect.
The answer he seeks is, how much cleaner
must the river be to be acceptable? He
believes a 30 percent reduction in nutri-
ents will have an appreciable impact.
BILL ROPER wasn't a North Carolinian
very long before he was up to his eye
teeth in the Neuse River.
Until the Dave Moreaus can figure out
how to make farmers, industries and towns
purer river-dwellers without bankrupting
them in the process; until the Hans Paerls
can deduce how much cleaner they need
to be- the Bill Ropers have the tricky
task ofpassing judgment on whether it's
safe to go in the water.
He stands in the middle: On one side,
fishermen with their livelihoods directly
threatened and others along the lower
Neuse (and the New and Parnlico river
estuaries as well) wringing their hands over
the areas' long-term economic future; on
the other side, the thousands of people
reluctant to change habits that send pol-
lutants into the rivers, and those who
replace the first two letters of"pfiesteria"
UNC at the Beach: Fifty Years in a Growing Marine
Whoever it was who said the only thing
wrong with Carolina is that
it's not at the beach just
hadn't looked hard enough.
The University has had a
thing for the seashore for
more than a century; it's
even had its own place at
the coast for 50 years.
Where else would you
find eight faculty members
and a sea captain? A one-to-
one ratio of students to boats?
The tourist and fishing
economy of the N.C. coast
and the fragile ecosystem
upon which they depend
come together at the UNC
Institute of Marine Sciences
in the town named for the
original John Motley More-
head ' 17, grandfather of the
founder of the scholarship
program (and the man who
called the first meeting of the
General Alumni ASSOciation).
Fifteen graduate students
usually can be found studying
sea creatures, ocean currents,
beach erosion and estuarine
pollution. But the institute
has more of the feel of a
general research laboratory;
in addition to the eight full-
time faculty in Morehead
City and another eight back
in Venable Hall, its jointly
appointed faculty and adjuncts
include disciplines as diverse
as geology, biology and den-
tistry. The IMS was elevated
from curriculum to depart-
ment status last year.
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