Water Quality Permitting Payments Make an online payment using ePayments. Permit Tracker Check the status of permit applications via our Clickable Map. Search by Location, Permit Type, Facility Name, or Permit Number. Document Search Look up or print a form in the DWR Document Repository. Permit Programs NPDES Compliance and Expedited Industrial Municipal: NPDES, Pretreatment, and Collection Systems Non-discharge 401 & Buffer 401 & Buffer Transportation Animal Feeding Operations Learn more about the permit programs Did you know? More about Collection Systems HERE Sewer easements often double as greenways? Doing so offers several mutual benefits. Environmental protection is one as less trees need to be cut down for greenways where sewer easements already exist. More About Wetlands HERE The 401 & Buffer Permitting Branch oversees the water quality of wetlands. Wetlands are the interfaces between land and water, and are important for us and ecosystems. They provide habitats for plants and animals. Wetlands also help with flood control as they can store large amounts of water during heavy rains or hurricanes. Wetlands also function as a water purifier, purifying the water of chemicals (such as pesticides), pathogens, and particulates. View Benthos Stations & Data Hundreds of benthic freshwater macroinvertebrate species live in North Carolina’s streams and wetlands. The abundance and variety of these aquatic animals are good indicators of a waterbody’s health. A wide variety and high number of macroinvertebrate species, including many that are intolerant of pollution indicate the waterbody is healthy. Less healthy waterbodies may consist of only pollution-tolerant species with little diversity or abundance. 0 Miles of river North Carolina has approximately 37,853 miles of river. This is equivalent to about 9 lengths of the Nile River (4,132 miles). North Carolina is also home to one of the oldest rivers in the world. The New River is believed to be between 10 and 360 million years old and begins near Blowing Rock. 0 sq. mi. of the Cape Fear River Basin The Cape Fear River Basin covers more than 9,300 square miles, making it the state’s largest. The basin includes all or portions of 26 counties. 0 Number of General Permit CoCs There are 1,774 General Permit Certificates of Coverage (CoCs). General permits are issued based on a given state-wide activity such as wastewater discharge. General wastewater permits exist for non-contact cooling water discharges, petroleum-based groundwater remediation, sand dredging, seafood packaging, and domestic discharges from single family residences. 0 Number of active & expired NC00 individual permits There are 1,083 active & expired NC00 individual permits. NC00 individual permits are written according to site-specific conditions of a discharger or on a case-by-case basis. The individual permit is issued directly to an individual discharger.