Groundwater Resources Section

Section Chief : Rick Bolich 

The Groundwater Resources Section (GWRS) within the Division Of Water Resources (DWR) is responsible for measuring, protecting, and preserving the high quality of North Carolina's groundwater resources. This is accomplished by maintaining a statewide network of groundwater monitoring wells, implementing permitting and compliance program for installation of certain types of wells, and overseeing site assessment and groundwater corrective action at DWR permitted facilities with groundwater impacts. The section has one branch and three programs:

  • Groundwater Management Branch

    Branch Chief: Nat Wilson

    This Branch is responsible for the installation, maintenance, and measurement of a statewide network of groundwater monitoring wells.  Water levels and samples collected from the network wells are used to assess the availability and quality of groundwater, drought conditions, and areas of aquifer overuse.  The Branch also manages the Capacity Use Area (CCPCUA), which regulates the withdrawal of groundwater in 15 of North Carolina's coastal counties. The CCPCUA program has helped the aquifers in Eastern NC recover from over-pumping and allowed those communities that depend on them to have a more long-term sustainable water source.

    Groundwater Management Branch Staff Directory  

  • Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program

    This program is responsible for implementing well construction regulations for injection wells, in-situ groundwater remediation, geothermal heating and cooling wells, and Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) wells. The UIC program protects groundwater quality by preventing illegal waste disposal and by regulating the construction and operation of wells used for injecting approved substances, aquifer recharge and other activities.

    Current statewide UIC Well Inventory, as of 9/9/20.*

    *NOTE: NCDEQ assumes no liability for the accuracy and completeness of the data attached as information included in this database is inputted and/or reported by governmental agencies, members of the public, industry, and other third parties.

    Underground Injection Control Program Staff Directory.

  • Groundwater Corrective Action Program

    This program helps responsible parties follow the 15A NCAC 02L rules and applicable NC General Statutes with regards to initial response, site assessments and corrective action for certain sites. Staff in this program are responsible for development of rules dealing with groundwater quality and well construction. This program also provides consistency in interpretation and implementation of site assessment activities and corrective action measures between the DEQ regional offices. Currently a major duty of this program is providing regulatory oversight for the assessment and cleanup of Coal Ash Impoundments in North Carolina and the re-adoption of the 15A NCAC 02L.0100 rules.

    Groundwater Corrective Action Program Staff Directory

  • Well Construction and Permitting

    This program oversees rules related to well construction (15A NCAC 02C) and certain types of well permits, such as those for high capacity water supply wells and groundwater monitoring wells.

    Well Construction and Permitting Staff Directory.