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Pasquotank Basinwide Water Quality Plans

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The 2021 Pasquotank River Basin Water Resources Plan (basin plan) is the fourth document to be developed for the Pasquotank River basin. The basin plan includes nine chapters and several appendices that explore water quality and water quantity issues in the basin. A Story Map has been developed for the Paquotank River basin plan. The Pasquotank River Basin Water Resources Plan Story Map includes an interactive component to help readers navigate the nine chapter planning document; providing better access to monitoring locations, permitted facilities, and waterbodies in the basin.  

Executive Summary
Chapter 1: Overview

Provides basic information about land use and population, nonpoint source pollution (agriculture, forestry, stormwater), basin characteristic (aquatic habitat, wetland functions, etc.), and climate change (sea level rise, hurricanes, and flooding).

Chapter 2: Monitoring Data and Water Quality

Reviews how chemical, physical and biological parameters are used to assess water quality in North Carolina and overall data results for monitoring stations in the Pasquotank River basin.

Chapters 3, 4, 5 and 6: Watershed Chapters and the Albemarle Sound

Provides detailed information at the watershed scale. Individual stream assessments, special studies, and specific projects in the watersheds are included.

Chapter 7: Permitted and Registered Activities in the Pasquotank River Basin (Appendix VII)

Contains general information about existing programs that protect water resources. Examples include National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and non-discharge wastewater management, stormwater programs, public water supply systems, and animal feeding operations.

Chapter 8: Water Quality Initiatives

Explores various options for protecting water resources and includes information as it relates to local initiatives, watershed planning and funding opportunities. 

Chapter 9: Water Use in the Pasquotank River Basin

Provides a summary of water use in the basin and includes information publicly available through the Local Water Supply Plans (LWSP), Central Coastal Plain Capacity Use Area (CCPCUA), the Water Withdrawal and Transfer Registration (WWATR) database, and the Ground Water Management Branch (GWMB). It also includes information about agriculture water use as reported in the 2018 Agricultural Water Use Survey published by NCDA&CS.  


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updated 5/3/22 MRaquet

2002 Pasquotank River Basinwide Water Quality Plan

Entire Document

Plan by Chapter

Section A - General Basinwide Information

Section B - Water Quality Data & Information by Subbasin

Section C - Current & Future Water Quality Initiatives



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