West Bear Creek
The geology of the area is mostly siliclastic sediments and organic soils. Deep groundwater is fed to the creek by the Black Creek aquifer. Land use in the area is mostly agriculture, although the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, the city of Goldsboro, and the town of La Grange are located with 10 to 15 miles of the creek.
Because of the surrounding land use, West Bear Creek experiences large nitrate fluxes, resulting in poor water quality. However, research performed on the creek shows that riparian zone buffers and the nitrate-reducing qualities of the hyporheic zone remove these large amounts of nitrate from West Bear Creek. Further work will shed light on more details of this creek's hydrology.
- J.B. Elkins, 2007 Masters Thesis, Nutrient Transport Between the Riparian and Hyporheic Zone for a Small Agricultural Watershed, North Carolina. East Carolina University, Dept. of Geological Sciences, Greenville NC 27858.