Whenever a hurricane hits, the big story is how the storm has impacted people and towns with flooding and storm surges.

Portrait of Hans Paerl, joint distinguished professor at the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences. Photo by Jason D. Smith
Portrait of Hans Paerl, joint distinguished professor at the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences. Photo by Jason D. Smith

But the storms also leave behind a quieter and long-term danger: pollutants in the watershed that could poison people and kill fish.

In this week’s episode, we talk about how hurricanes impact water quality with Hans Paerl, the Kenan Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences and the department of marine sciences.

Paerl was interviewed for the UNC podcast Well Said. Listen to it here.

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