Topics Related to Water Resources

The DWR Algae Lab has compiled a database containing more than two decades of information on phytoplankton in North Carolina.

The N.C. Wetlands Passport is a printable map and list of 240 wetlands on public lands or publicly accessible property in North Carolina – including wetlands in local, state or national parks or forests, and on state game lands. The passport, which was created by the DEQ Division of Water Resources Ecosystem Branch, is available in both English and Spanish.

The DWR Biological Assessment Branch benthic biologists have discovered new species of macroinvertebrates through their work of collecting samples of small aquatic animals that live on the bottom of streams, rivers and swamps. The biologists sample for these critters because their presence – or lack of it – is an indicator of the health and cleanliness of the water they live in.

The DWR Surface Water Identification Training and Certification course, or SWITC, ensures staff and consultants can identify streams that will be subject to state rules for riparian buffers, which are areas where trees, grass or other vegetation are required to be preserved alongside streams.

After months of intensive training and completion of projects relevant to their job duties, six DEQ employees – two each from the divisions of Air Quality, Waste Management and Water Resources – have graduated from the Certified Public Manager (CPM) program.