Estuarine Monitoring Team
Water quality issues in the lower Neuse and Pamlico Rivers had frequent responses by DWQ. 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 DWQ 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.