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The North Carolina Department of the Environment and Natural Resources is the agency primarily invested with the responsibility of the preservation, allocation, and protection of North Carolina’s natural resources. It regulates the divisions and programs that monitor public health, air quality, and of course water quality. Assistance to schools and businesses is also under this department’s jurisdiction. Protection of wildlife and wilderness is another aspect of the department. The divisions in this department range form a zoological division responsible for the NC Zoological Park to The Division of Water Quality, perhaps the most important player in NC water issues. Many times these departmental/divisional programs are run in close conjunction to local authorities.
The North Carolina Department of the Environment and Natural Resources is the most important department or agency when considering North Carolina water issues. This department is invested with the most responsibility and authority when related to water issues. The following divisions are those related to water quality in the department of the Environment and Natural Resources.
NCDENR, 1601 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1601
William G. Ross Jr., Secretary 919-715-4102