Press Releases

The N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve, a program of the Division of Coastal Management in the Department of Environmental Quality, hosted a stop on the “Discover the N.C. Coastal Reserve” Tour in early December. A guided walking tour of the Sunset Beach boardwalk and nature trail of the Reserve’s southernmost site, Bird Island Reserve, followed remarks by DEQ leadership, local, state and community leaders.

The five advisory committees of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet in January to discuss various fisheries topics. The meetings will be held in person and livestreamed on YouTube.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality will hold additional public information sessions in January to provide information and gather feedback on the Department’s planned application for the federal

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries wants to remind the public to report any cold stunned spotted seatrout they may see in North Carolina coastal waters.

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Coastal Management (DCM) today announced the online availability of the updated Resilient Coastal Communities Program’s (RCCP) Planning Handbook in English and Spanish.

As we enter the holiday season, the N.C. Division of Coastal Management is providing guidance to property owners, organizations and towns that plan to accept natural Christmas trees for use in dune restoration.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Infrastructure is accepting public comment on an updated Project Priority List for Lead Service Line Replacement funding until January 5, 2024.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Infrastructure announced today that 17 water systems statewide will receive $13.2 million in funding for projects to inventory or find and replace lead service lines

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will begin accepting public comment Dec. 18, 2023 on proposed management to address sustainable harvest in the striped mullet fishery. The public comment period will close Jan. 17, 2024.

Today, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is announcing more than $739,000 awarded to

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Coastal Management (DCM) has received more than $3 million dollars as one of 109 grants announced by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and NOAA in November. Additionally, DEQ’s Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) was awarded more than $89,000.

The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) will hold a specially called meeting Dec. 13 by web conference to discuss emergency and temporary rules. The meeting will be limited to this one agenda item. Members of the public may join by computer or phone.

 At DEQ's direction, Chemours is expanding sampling for PFAS contamination in private drinking water wells in New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus, and Pender counties.  More than 14,100 additional residences may now qualify for sampling. 

The State Water Infrastructure Authority will meet Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the Steve Troxler Agricultural Sciences Center in Raleigh. The public may attend the meeting in person or listen online or by phone.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality's Division of Energy, Mineral, and Land Resources (DEMLR) will hold a public hearing beginning at 6 p.m. on Dec. 19, 2023, on the Martin Marietta application to modify a mining permit at Fuquay Quarry.