As a professional environmental scientist, it's abundantly clear that North Carolina's water quality is in significant decline. From what I've seen across NC during the past 30 years, urban/suburban sprawl, poorly maintained wastewater treatment infrastructure, excess nutrient loading, and increases in toxicant loading are negatively affecting many aquatic species across our state. If our aquatic species are having trouble living in the same water we drink, we have major problems. What solutions can you provide to ensure that these trends do not continue?
Given all our recent water quantity issues, when does management of population growth become part of the solution? It's clear to me that this may not be much of a problem in the future if we don't do a better job of protecting water quality. People will simply leave.
Good luck with these hard ball questions.