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About DWR Water Quality Programs

The North Carolina Division of Water Resources Water Quality Programs in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is the agency responsible for statewide regulatory programs in surface water and groundwater protection.

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DWR/WQP's Mission - 
To protect, enhance and manage North Carolina’s surface water and groundwater resources for the health and welfare of the citizens of North Carolina, and the economic well-being of the state.

DWR/WQP's mission is implemented through water quality monitoring programs, efficient permitting, responsible management, fair and effective enforcement and excellence in public service.

The agency, with central offices in Raleigh and seven regional offices located across the state, issues pollution control permits, monitors permit compliance, evaluates environmental quality and carries out enforcement actions for violations of environmental regulations.

The program, comprised of administrative offices and five sections (Aquifer Protection,  Environmental Sciences, Laboratory Services, Planning and Surface Water Protection) administers the laws, policies and rules established by the state's Environmental Management Commission and the N.C. General Assembly, the state legislative body. These laws, policies and rules are designed to support the division in its resource protection, management and regulatory efforts.