Asheville Regional Office
2090 U.S. 70 Highway
Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Yancey
The Asheville Regional Office of the Division of Water Quality serves the 19 western counties of North Carolina. We are composed of two Sections, the Aquifer Protection Section (APS) and Surface Water Protection Section (SWP).
Aquifer Protection Supervisor:Landon Davidson
In Aquifer Protection Section, our focus is the protection and enhancement of the state's groundwater, the primary source of drinking water for half of North Carolina residents. To protect this important resource, we: (1) Implement permitting and compliance for land applied wastewater, residuals and reclaimed water; (2) Permit construction of wells for groundwater monitoring and extracting/treating contaminated groundwater, as well as injection wells used for heating, cooling or remediation; (3) Perform planning on the interaction of groundwater, surface water and geological formations in order to characterize and anticipate groundwater contamination and potential threats to human health; and, (4) Support a drill team to aid in investigation of groundwater contamination.
Surface Water Protection Supervisor:Chuck Cranford.
The Point Source Branch is responsible for permitting and compliance in accordance with the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program for wastewater that discharges directly to waters of the state. Also regulated by this branch are sewage collection systems, consisting of sewage lines, pump stations and other conveyances that carry waste to the treatment facility. The Pretreatment Program controls and documents the discharge of wastewater from Significant and Categorical Industrial Users to the Publicly Owned Treatment Works.The Wetlands and Stormwater Branch includes oversight of the state's Wetlands 401 Certification program and express permitting unit, stormwater permitting programs, transportation permitting, nonpoint source compliance and oversight, and wetlands and stormwater program development.
During the normal workday - Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. - call the regional office closest to the environmental emergency.
Outside of normal business hours, call the emergency hot line
and an appropriate regional staff member will be alerted.
Several permits for activities regulated by the Division of Water Quality are issued through the regional offices.
Permits for non-pressurized sewer system extensions may be issued through the regional offices. Applications for pressurized sewer system extensions must be sent to the DWQ Construction Grants and Loans section.
State Stormwater Permitting
Applications for state stormwater permits, such as those regulating development in the 20 coastal counties and those required for development near High Quality Waters and Outstanding Resource Waters across the state are reviewed and may be issued through the regional offices.
Permits and notifications for the installation of several types of wells - industrial high volume water supply (>100,000 gallons per day), monitoring, recovery, closed-loop geothermal and irrigation well construction variances may be issued through the regional offices.
Links to permit applications for permits issued from the regional office: Monitoring wells, recovery wells, and large capacity water supply wells. Useful geothermal well links are here: closed-loop water only geothermal, closed-loop mixed fluid geothermal, closed-loop geothermal well variance, PAMS/flocculants info, BMPs for managing water during well construction and injection rules.
Wetland and Stream Impacts
Activities that require a US Army Corps of Engineers 404 permit may also require a 401 Certification from DWQ. If the project disturbs less than an acre, the 401 Certification may be issued by the regional office.
In addition to these permitting activities, the regional office staff may issue modifications for other permits including management plans for animal operations, biosolids application sites and non-discharge land application systems.