Welcome to the North Carolina
Division of Water Resources
The division's mission is implemented through water monitoring programs, efficient permitting, responsible management, fair and effective enforcement and excellence in public service.
The DWR Public Events Calendar lists notices, meetings, hearings, workshops and other opportunities for public participation.
Notices: Proposed action on which you may comment. All comments are included in recommendations.
Meetings are your opportunity to learn more about a division action/proposal and discuss with staff and others who are interested.
Hearings are held to gather oral and written comments from the public on a proposed action.
The Division of Water Resources, with central offices in Raleigh and seven regional offices located across the state, ensures safe drinking water in accordance with federal requirements, issues pollution control permits, monitors permit compliance, evaluates environmental water quantity and quality, and carries out enforcement actions for violations of environmental regulations. The division's administrative staff and five sections (Public Water Supply, Water Planning, Water Quality Permitting, Water Quality Regional Operations and Water Sciences) administer the laws, policies and rules established by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, the state's Environmental Management Commission and the N.C. General Assembly, the state legislative body.
Do you have questions about water quality in your community? Do you have questions about what permits are needed for activities in or around a nearby stream, river and lake? Are you concerned about an activity causing pollution in your waterways or groundwater? DWR's seven regional offices are often the best first stop for answers to local surface and ground water quality and quantity questions. Click on the map to learn more about a regional office and for staff contacts.