In 1999, Hurricane Floyd caused widespread flooding in the eastern United States, with especially severe flooding in eastern North Carolina. These floodwaters carried animal wastes, sewage, and toxic chemicals into groundwater aquifers at an unprecedented rate, resulting in contaminated drinking water supplies in much of eastern North Carolina. North Carolina public health officials are very concerned about the potential long-term health risks for the people of the region, especially because of the presence in the region of concentrated animal feeding operations. However, at this time the severity of the public health impact is not known. This grant supports a study to assess the actual and potential long-term public health consequences of the flooding, focusing in particular on the release of antibiotic-resistant and pathogenic bacteria from animal feeding operations into the environment. The results of the study will be of immediate value to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, other states with animal agricultural operations, and federal agencies with responsibility for public health and emergency planning.
Amount Awarded $411,267.00
Awarded on: 6/29/2000
Time frame: 7/1/2000 - 9/30/2002
Grant Number: 38787