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N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Water Quality - Estuarine Monitoring Team

Water Quality

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Fish Kill Information
Algal Bloom Information
SAV Mapping
Water Quality Monitoring
 

Office Location

943 Washington Square Mall
Washington, NC 27889
Phone Number: (252) 948-3999

Neuse River Fishkill Investigation

 

Estuarine Monitoring Team

 Background

Water quality issues in the lower Neuse and Pamlico Rivers had frequent responses by DWR. Given the geographic location of the two responsible regional offices (Washington, Wilmington), staff response time to environmental concerns were lengthy. This issue would often cause the loss of ability to properly assess environmental conditions.  The high staff demands of both regional offices precluded the ability for rapid responses to fish kills, algal blooms, and other environmental investigations in specific water bodies.To relieve these constraints and provide more intensive and routine assessment of water quality issues in the lower Neuse and Pamlico river basin area, a satellite office of DWR was created in New Bern in June of 1997. An additional 4-member team formed in Washington of June 1998.Together these two teams freed up resources in the Regional offices to allow similar response activities in other estuarine waters.

 Recent news regarding elimination of the Neuse River Rapid Response Team.

ResponsibilitiesWater Quality River Sampling Vessel

  • Water quality monitoring in approximately 100 stations located within the Lower Neuse and Pamlico River Basins and Albemarle Sound
  • evaluation of acute water quality related events like fish kills and algal blooms
  • Citizen complaint investigations
  • Agency Collaboration such as Inter-Agency Research assistance
  • The EPA's National Coastal assessment program
  • Assisting the Washington Regional Office with compliance investigations and Riparian Buffer Determinations

 

Staff Contacts

Jill Paxson Environmental Senior Specialist (252) 948-3898
Gary Davis Environmental Senior Technician (252) 948-3897
Burt Simons Environmental Senior Technician (252) 948-3896
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