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Public Information Officers listed per Division

Division of Air Quality

Division of Air Quality

Public Information Officer for the Division of Air Quality: Zaynab Nasif, Office Phone Number: (919) 707-8446

  • Air permits and rules
  • Motor vehicle emissions and inspection program
  • Odor issues
  • Air quality forecasts, including ozone, particulate matter and pollen
  • Air Awareness education programs

Other issues covered outside of Air Quality:

  • North Carolina Climate Change Council
  • Clean Energy Plan Development
    Division of Coastal Management

    Division of Coastal Management

    Public Information Officer for the Division of Coastal Management: Christy SimmonsOffice Phone Number: (252) 808- 2808 Ext. 209 

    • Permitting for Coastal Development
    • Sea Level Rise
    • Coastal Adaptation to Climate Change
    • Clean Marinas
    • Living Shorelines
    • Coastal Land Use Planning
    • Coastal Reserve Areas
    • Coastal Resources Commission
    • Grant Funding for Beach Access and Local Planning
    Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service

    Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service

    Public Information Officer for the Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service: Laura Leonard, Office Phone Number: (919) 707-8233

    • Recycling 
    • Environmental Stewardship Initiative 
    • NC Green Travel 
    • Permitting Transformation
    Division of Marine Fisheries

    Division of Marine Fisheries

    Public Information Officer for the Division of Marine Fisheries: Patricia SmithOffice Phone Number: (252) 808- 8025 

    Hot Topics:

    • Shellfish Leases
    • Striped Bass
    • Flounder
    • Crab
    • Shrimp Petition for Rulemaking
    • Spotted Seatrout

    General Interest:

    • Saltwater Fishing Regulations
    • Saltwater Recreational Fishing
    • Commercial Fishing
    • Saltwater Fishing Licenses
    • Commercial Fishing Licenses
    • Shellfish Leases
    • Oyster Sanctuaries
    • Artificial Reefs
    • Coastal Recreational Fishing License Grants
    • Commercial Fishing Resource Fund Grants
    • Boating Infrastructure Grants (BIG)
    • N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament (Citation Program)
    • N.C. Governor’s Cup Billfish Tournament Series
    • Fisheries Management
    • Marine Patrol
    • Marine Fisheries Commission
    • Coastal Habitat Protection Plan
    • Gill nets
    • Trawl nets
    • Ocean fishing piers
    • Fishery Reform Act
    • Sea turtle interactions with fishing gear
    • Marine mammal strandings
    • Coastal Swimming Advisories
    • Shellfish closures
    • Shellfish sanitation
    Division of Waste Management

    Division of Waste Management

    Public Information Officer for the Division of Waste Management: Laura LeonardOffice Phone Number: (919) 707-8233

    • Emerging Compounds 
    • Coal Ash
    • Landfills
    • Pre-regulatory Landfills
    • Aboveground Storage Tanks
    • Brownfields
    • Compost
    • Disaster Debris
    • Dry-Cleaning
    • Electronics
    • Hazardous Waste
    • Inactive Hazardouse Sites
    • Medical Waste
    • Mercury Switch
    • Oil Terminal
    • Petroleum Releases
    • Scrap Tires
    • Septage
    • Solid Waste
    • Superfund
    • Underground Storage Tanks


    Division of Water Infrastructure

    Division of Water Infrastructure

    Public Information Officer for the Division of Water Infrastructure: Cathy AkroydOffice Phone Number: (919) 707-9187

    • State Water Infrastructure Authority
    • Statewide Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Master Plan
    • Water Infrastructure Needs in NC
    • Community Development Block Grant-Infrastructure program
    • Clean Water State Revolving Fund
    • Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
    • State Wastewater and Drinking Water Reserve Programs
    • Asset and Inventory Assessment Grant Program
    • Merger/ Regionalization Feasibility Grant Program
    • Applying for water infrastructure funding- applications, forms, etc.
    • Drinking Water Infrastructure
    • Drinking water Infrastructure funding
    • Clean Water Infrastructure
    • Clean Water Infrastructure funding
    • Wastewater Infrastructure
    • Wastewater Infrastructure funding
    • Water Infrastructure Funding
    • Funding sewer collection and treatment systems
    • Funding drinking water distribution systems
    • Funding water treatment plants
    • Funding stormwater management systems
    • Funding stream restoration
    Division of Water Resources

    Division of Water Resources

    Public Information Officer for the Division of Water Resources: Sarah YoungOffice Phone Number: (919) 707-8604

    • Water Quality Permitting 
    • Water Sciences
    • Water Planning
    • Groundwater Protection
    • Public Water Supply
    • Operator Certification
    • Animal Feeding Operations
    Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources

    Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources

    Public Information Officer for the Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources:  Sharon Martin Office Phone Number: (919) 707-8670

    • Dam Safety
    • Stormwater
    • Erosion and Sediment Control
    • Oil and Gas
    • Mining
    Department Public Information Officer

    Department Public Information Officer

    Public Information Officer for the Department: Michael CooperOffice Phone Number: (919) 707-8193

    • Energy 
    • Mitigation Services
    • Correspondence