Neuse Estuary forecast indicates moderately severe hypoxia this summer

As part of a Sea Grant project, we are forecasting below-average oxygen levels for the Neuse Estuary this summer (July-August).  The forecast is based on moderate flow conditions over the last half year.  Forecasted oxygen levels are conducive to fish kills, though meteorological variability make such events difficult to predict.  The following Sea Grant post shows the 2022 forecast as well as a retrospective assessment of least year’s (2021) forecast.

Neuse Oxygen Levels Could Bring Summer Fish Kills