Intensive Survey Branch (ISB)

The Intensive Survey Branch (ISB) collects and interprets a variety of biological, chemical, and physical data that are incorporated in the DWR basinwide planning concept. ISB monitoring programs include the Ambient Lake Monitoring Program, Lake TMDL Studies, and other Special Studies/Intensive Surveys as requested and resources allow. Specific monitoring activities include:
• Ambient Lakes Monitoring
• Chemical sampling in water or sediment
• Physical measurements (temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, conductivity)
• Flow/velocity/time-of-travel measurement
• Sediment oxygen demand and nutrient flux
• Channel morphology and lake bathymetry measurement
• Remote sampling


Standard Operating Procedures

Physical and Chemical Monitoring SOP 
Lakes Monitoring Quality Assurance Project Plan

Reports and Data

Effects of Hurricane Matthew on N.C. Surface Waters

Ambient Lakes Monitoring

Falls and Jordan Lake Monitoring

Jordan Lake Nutrient Mitigation Demonstration Project

Study Plan for In-Lake Mechanical Reduction of Nutrient Related Impairments in Jordan Lake

WSS Reports and Publications

1992 Lakes Assessment Report 


Other Links

EPA- Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds
USGS North Carolina Water Science
NC Lake Management Society
NCSU Water Quality Group

Staff Contacts

Branch Number  919.743.8403

Branch Supervisor 
Senior Env. Technician/Lakes Monitoring
VACANT Env. Specialist  
Senior Env. Specialist
Eric Morris Env. Specialist 919.743.8499
Env. Specialist
NC Lakes Monitoring Program Coordinator
Joseph Smith  Senior Env. Technician/Lakes Monitoring 919.743.8501


Water Sciences Section 1621 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-1621