The Watershed Assessment Team (WAT) conducts water quality assessments in targeted watersheds throughout the state to support local watershed plan (LWP) development by the NC Ecosystem Enhancement Program (EEP), our funding source. Past assessments have focused primarily on chemical and biological assessment methods, augmented by physical assessments such as discharge, bank stability, and habitat assessments. WAT has recently expanded the scope of its projects to include water quality monitoring of restoration and enhancement projects (pre- and post-construction) and in assessing wetland function using the NC Wetland Assessment Methodology (NC WAM). Many of these projects are in cooperation with other organizations, such as private consultants and NC State University.
In June 2009, WAT organized a Watershed Assessment Forum that included representatives from local, state and federal agencies and organizations, including DWR, EEP, NC Department of Transportation, US Geological Survey, East Carolina University, and Triangle J Council of Governments. The objectives of the Forum were:
A link to the written summary of proceedings and findings is provided below.
Webpage last updated June 25, 2010