The North Carolina Division of Water Quality (DWQ) in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is the agency responsible for statewide regulatory programs in surface water and aquifer protection.
DWQ's mission is to preserve, protect and enhance North Carolina's surface water and groundwater resources through quality monitoring programs, efficient permitting, responsible management, fair and effective enforcement and excellence in public service.
The agency, with central offices in Raleigh and seven regional offices located across the state, issues pollution control permits, monitors permit compliance, evaluates environmental quality and carries out enforcement actions for violations of environmental regulations.
The division, composed of six sections (Surface Water Protection, Aquifer Protection , Construction Grants & Loans, Laboratory, Planning and Environmental Sciences) administers the policies and rules established by the state's Environmental Management Commission. These policies and rules are designed to support the division in it's resource protection, management and regulatory efforts. – less – More from ZoomInfo »