• Spring-time view of the seashore, with shorebirds returning to the surf.

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Water Resource Assessment Available

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Date: May 26, 2006
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111

The National Park Service Water Resource Division, Natural Resource Program Center, has released a report titled "Assessment of Coastal Water Resources and Watershed Conditions at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina". The purpose of this report was to locate and examine existing information pertaining to the water quality in and around Cape Hatteras National Seashore, assess the present and likely future water conditions of the park, and make recommendations to fill in existing information gaps. Water quality and quantity, habitat issues, potential for invasive species, and trends in Park resource usage are addressed. The full text of the report is available at http://www1.nature.nps.gov/water/watershedconds.cfm

Did You Know?

The Principal Lightkeeper's Quarters and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse move toward their new homes, a safer distance from the ocean.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick structure ever moved. When it was built in 1870, it stood 1,500 feet from the shore. By 1999, the lighthouse was within 100 feet of the ocean. To protect it from the encroaching sea, it was moved inland a total of 2,900 feet over a 23-day period.