DRAFT 2021 White Oak River Basin Water Resources Plan

The DRAFT 2021 White Oak River Basin Water Resources Plan (basin plan) is the fourth document to be developed for the White Oak River basin. The basin plan includes eight chapters and several appendices that explore water quality and water quantity issues in the basin. A Story Map will be developed for the White Oak River basin. The Story Map will include an interactive component and provide a better view of monitoring locations, permitted facilities, and waterbodies in the basin. Only a few locational maps are included in the basin plan.  

The DRAFT White Oak River basin plan is available for public review and comment until July 23, 2021. Comments on the proposed plan can be sent by email to robin.hoffman@ncdenr.gov or mailed through the postal service to: Robin Hoffman, Basin Planner, DWR, Water Planning Section, 1611 MSC, Raleigh, NC 27699.

Executive Summary
Chapter 1: Overview

Provides basic information about land use and population, nonpoint source pollution (agriculture, forestry, stormwater) and basin characteristic (aquatic habitat, wetland functions, etc.)

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 White Oak River basin.

Chapters 3, 4, and 5: Watershed Chapters and Shellfish Harvesting

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

Chapter 6: Water Quality Initiatives & Funding Opportunities

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

Chapter 7: Permitted and Registered Activities

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. Permit tables can be found in Appendix VII.

Chapter 8: Water Use in the White Oak River Basin

Provides a summary of water use in the basin and includes information publicly available through the Central Coastal Plain Capacity Use Area (CCPCUA), Local Water Supply Plans (LWSP), 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. Reported and projected demands along with available supply as reported to the various programs are included in Appendix VIII.


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updated 09/01/2021 MRaquet