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N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Water Quality - Ecosystems Branch

Water Quality

 

Ecosystems Branch

Staff from the Ecosystems Branch support a wide variety of programs for the Division of Water Resources:

  • Logistical support and data management for the Ambient Monitoring System (AMS), a statewide network of stations established for long term collection of selected chemical, physical, and bacteriological indicators from streams, rivers, and estuaries of interest.
     
  • Development and management of the monitoring coalitions, an innovative program designed to coordinate instream monitoring activities of participating NPDES dischargers within select basins.
     
  • Statistical analysis of AMS and Coalition data.
     
  • Identify algae, aquatic plants and related organisms. Assess algal blooms found during routine monitoring, fish kill investigations, and in response to concerned citizen reports. Provide information on ecology and potential environmental health concerns of blooms.
     
  • Coordinate Environmental Sciences Section quality assurance activities.
     
  • Provide computer and other IT support to the Environmental Sciences Section.

More information on these programs is available from the links on the left.

 

 Staff Contacts

Branch Phone Number 919.743.8400
Steve Kroeger Ecosystems Branch Supervisor 919.743.8409
Carrie Ruhlman Monitoring Coalition Coordinator 919.743.8411
Mark Vander Borgh Algal Ecologist 919.743.8423
Elizabeth Fensin Algal Ecologist 919.743.8421
VACANT Quality Assurance Coordinator 919.743.8413
Hannah HeadrickEnvironmental Analyst919.743.8422
Tammy HillWater Quality Analyst919.743.8412
Brian PointerAmbient Monitoring System Coordinator919.743.8407

 

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