North Carolina’s factory farms are everywhere – even floodplains and other flood-prone areas

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North Carolina’s factory farms are everywhere – even floodplains and other flood-prone areas


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Swine
Poultry
Top five counties with the most CAFOs in floodplains


Click on each point to see location-specific attributes for swine and poultry concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, in North Carolina. The pop-up box for each location provides these attributes: whether the operation houses poultry or swine, the county the operation is located in, the estimated number of animals produced in the facility, the estimated amount of manure produced by each operation and if the facility is located within the 500-year or 100-year floodplain, or within 100 feet of the 500 or 100-year floodplain.

Swine locations show data from permitted facilities on file with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. Poultry facility locations were originally derived from high-resolution satellite data and aerial photography by EWG and the Waterkeeper Alliance. Poultry facility locations were updated by EWG in 2022 using 2020 U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agriculture Imagery Program imagery.

The counties outlined in orange are the five counties with the most CAFOs in floodplains in the state: Duplin, Wayne, Pender, Craven and Robeson Counties.

The associated analysis has more information about CAFOs in floodplains in North Carolina, and EWG’s update to the methodology for locating poultry CAFOs in the state. The main findings:


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