Water Quality Permitting
Miles of river
North Carolina has approximately 37,853 miles of river. This is equivalent to about 9 lengths of the Nile River (4,132 miles). North Carolina is also home to one of the oldest rivers in the world. The New River is believed to be between 10 and 360 million years old and begins near Blowing Rock.
sq. mi. of the Cape Fear River Basin
The Cape Fear River Basin covers more than 9,300 square miles, making it the state’s largest. The basin includes all or portions of 26 counties.
Number of General Permit CoCs
There are 1,774 General Permit Certificates of Coverage (CoCs). General permits are issued based on a given state-wide activity such as wastewater discharge. General wastewater permits exist for non-contact cooling water discharges, petroleum-based groundwater remediation, sand dredging, seafood packaging, and domestic discharges from single family residences.
Number of active & expired NC00 individual permits
There are 1,083 active & expired NC00 individual permits. NC00 individual permits are written according to site-specific conditions of a discharger or on a case-by-case basis. The individual permit is issued directly to an individual discharger.