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NC Division of Water Resources Monitoring Data in the EPA STOrage and RETrieval data management system (STORET)
North Carolina Division of Water Resources monitoring data are made available to the public through the United States Environmental Protection Agency's STOrage and RETrieval data management system (a.k.a. STORET). The STORET Data Warehouse is EPA's repository of the water quality monitoring data collected by water resource management groups across the country. These organizations (states, tribes, watershed groups, other federal agencies, volunteer groups and universities) submit data to the STORET Warehouse in order to make their data publically accessible.
The EPA does not change or filter incoming data. This means that when retrieving data out of STORET, users must be aware that they are responsible for screening the data for their use.
Visit the STORET website at http://www.epa.gov/storet to search/retrieve data and learn more.
Below is a list of water quality monitoring datasets available in STORET and instructions on how to retreive information specific to Division of Water Resources programs. Click here for general instructions on how to access and download surface water data from STORET.
NC Ambient Monitoring System (AMS) results from a network of stations established to provide water quality information on significant waterbodies throughout the state. Data elements include date and location information, station descriptions/notes, and a variety of physical, chemical, and bacterial pathogen results and measurements.
NC Monitoring Coalition Program results from a network that uses strategically selected sampling locations to evaluate water quality beyond the NPDES wastewater outfall. Coalition monitoring locations are coordinated with the State's existing ambient and biological monitoring networks. Data elements include date and location information, station descriptions/notes, and results of physical, chemical, and bacterial pathogen samples and measurements.
Macroinvertebrate collection data for wadeable and non-wadeable lotic waters (rivers, streams, swamps) of the State. Data elements include date and location information, station descriptions/notes, observed taxa information, and taxa abundance information.
Fish community assessment information for wadeable streams across North Carolina. Data elements include date and location information, station descriptions/notes, observed taxa information, and taxa count information.
Monitoring results for lakes and reservoirs in North Carolina. Data elements include results for physical and chemical analyses of water column samples including physical water quality parameters, turbidity, chlorophyll a, nutrients, and metals.
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The mission of the Water Sciences Section is to provide the Division with accurate information pertaining to waters of the state. Excellent service along with water quality monitoring and certification programs and analytical laboratory analyses that provide scientifically defensible data are the section’s main avenues for accomplishing this mission. These activities support the management and protection of North Carolina’s water resources for the health and welfare of the citizens of North Carolina and the economic well-being of the state.
Water Sciences Section 1621 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-1621