Public Information Contacts

DEQ’s public information officers, or PIOs, assist residents, stakeholders and media representatives with information and public records requests.  Our PIOs will help answer your questions or direct a complaint to the appropriate staff.

To request public records, simply contact the Public Information Officer (PIO) for the related division.  If you aren’t sure which division holds the records you are interested in, any of the PIOs can help direct your request to the appropriate division.

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Public Information Officers listed by Division

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Public Information Officer for the Division of Air Quality: Shawn Taylor, Office Phone Number: (919) 707-8446

  • Air permits and rules
  • Motor vehicle emissions and inspection program
  • Odor issues
  • Air quality forecasts, including ozone, particulate matter and pollen
  • Air Awareness education programs

Public Information Officer for the Division of Coastal Management: Christy SimmonsOffice Phone Number: (252) 515- 5409. 

  • Permitting for Coastal Development
  • Sea Level Rise
  • Coastal Adaptation to Climate Change
  • Clean Marinas
  • Living Shorelines
  • Coastal Land Use Planning
  • Coastal Reserve Areas
  • Coastal Resources Commission
  • Grant Funding for Beach Access and Local Planning

Public Information Officer for the Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources: Josh KastrinskyOffice Phone Number: (919) 707-3645

Public Information Officer for the Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service: Melody Foote, Office Phone Number: (919) 707-8233

Public Information Officer for the Division of Marine Fisheries: Patricia SmithOffice Phone Number: (252) 808- 8025 

Hot Topics:

  • Shellfish Leases
  • Striped Bass
  • Flounder
  • Crab
  • Shrimp Petition for Rulemaking
  • Spotted Seatrout

General Interest:

  • Saltwater Fishing Regulations
  • Saltwater Recreational Fishing
  • Commercial Fishing
  • Saltwater Fishing Licenses
  • Commercial Fishing Licenses
  • Shellfish Leases
  • Oyster Sanctuaries
  • Artificial Reefs
  • Coastal Recreational Fishing License Grants
  • Commercial Fishing Resource Fund Grants
  • Boating Infrastructure Grants (BIG)
  • N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament (Citation Program)
  • N.C. Governor’s Cup Billfish Tournament Series
  • Fisheries Management
  • Marine Patrol
  • Marine Fisheries Commission
  • Coastal Habitat Protection Plan
  • Gill nets
  • Trawl nets
  • Ocean fishing piers
  • Fishery Reform Act
  • Sea turtle interactions with fishing gear
  • Marine mammal strandings
  • Coastal Swimming Advisories
  • Shellfish closures
  • Shellfish sanitation

Public Information Officer for the Division of Mitigation Services: Joseph Pitchford Office Phone Number: (919) 836-6169

  • In-Lieu Fee Mitigation
  • Flood Resiliency Blueprint
  • Natural Infrastructure Program



Public Information Officer for the Division of Water Infrastructure: Cathy AkroydOffice Phone Number: (919) 707-9187

  • State Water Infrastructure Authority
  • Statewide Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Master Plan
  • Water Infrastructure Needs in NC
  • Community Development Block Grant-Infrastructure program
  • Clean Water State Revolving Fund
  • Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
  • State Wastewater and Drinking Water Reserve Programs
  • Asset and Inventory Assessment Grant Program
  • Merger/ Regionalization Feasibility Grant Program
  • Applying for water infrastructure funding- applications, forms, etc.
  • Drinking Water Infrastructure
  • Drinking water Infrastructure funding
  • Clean Water Infrastructure
  • Clean Water Infrastructure funding
  • Wastewater Infrastructure
  • Wastewater Infrastructure funding
  • Water Infrastructure Funding
  • Funding sewer collection and treatment systems
  • Funding drinking water distribution systems
  • Funding water treatment plants
  • Funding stormwater management systems
  • Funding stream restoration

Public Information Officer for the Division of Water Resources:  Anna Gurney Office Phone Number: (919) 707-8604 


Public Information Officer for the Division of Water Resources: Josh Kastrinsky Office Phone Number: (919) 707-3645


Public Information Officer for the State Energy Office: Joseph Pitchford Office Phone Number: (919) 836-6169

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Weatherization
  • Clean Energy
  • Energy Workforce Development
  • Energy Assurance