NC Division of Water Resources http://wunc.org en NC Falls Behind Federal Water Quality Standards http://wunc.org/post/nc-falls-behind-federal-water-quality-standards <p>North Carolina is not keeping up with the Environmental Protection Agency's rules to measure water quality.&nbsp;</p><p>The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources has not updated its standards of measuring toxic metals in water since 2007.&nbsp; The Clean Water Act requires states to hold public hearings and review their rules every three years.&nbsp; North Carolina is the only state in the EPA's southeast division that has not adopted the latest federal rules.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:15:20 +0000 Will Michaels 20692 at http://wunc.org NC Falls Behind Federal Water Quality Standards More Rainfall Lessens Statewide Drought http://wunc.org/post/more-rainfall-lessens-statewide-drought <p>North Carolina’s drought conditions are better than they were one year ago. Last April, 53 counties were experiencing a moderate drought – the lowest of the four drought categories. This year only eight of the state’s 100 counties are currently receiving that classification.</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:18:52 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 13946 at http://wunc.org More Rainfall Lessens Statewide Drought Coastal Plain Counties Praised For Conservation Efforts http://wunc.org/post/coastal-plain-counties-praised-conservation-efforts-0 <p>Officials with the state Division of Water Resources say a <a href="http://www.ncwater.org/Reports_and_Publications/GWMS_Reports/CCP_draft_Assessment_20130213.pdf">new report</a> shows great improvement in groundwater levels over <a href="http://www.ncwater.org/Permits_and_Registration/Capacity_Use/Central_Coastal_Plain/">a 15-county area in eastern North Carolina</a>. According to state officials, deep-well, freshwater aquifers in the coastal plain have to stay above full capacity to keep from mixing with saltwater.&nbsp; If they were to mix, cities would have to spend money to filter out saltwater to make their water is safe to drink. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott & Brent Wolfe 13717 at http://wunc.org Coastal Plain Counties Praised For Conservation Efforts Water Needs In Roanoke River Basin http://wunc.org/post/water-needs-roanoke-river-basin <p>State officials are encouraging people in the Roanoke River Basin to attend public hearings on water usage. The state is holding a series of meetings focusing on the quantity of water needed to support population growth over the next few decades. Steve Reid works for the State Division of Water Resources. He says the river and its tributaries are used for everything from drinking water to recreational boating:</p> Mon, 13 Dec 2010 14:05:00 +0000 Eric Hodge 11409 at http://wunc.org