The DWR's Estuarine Monitoring Team plays a large role in DWR's Ambient Monitoring System (AMS). Staff measures and collects a variety of water quality data within significant tributaries of the lower portions of the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers as well as Albemarle Sound. These data are taken at least monthly and involve the collection of physical, chemical and bacterial pathogen samples at fixed stations.
The team also works collaboratively with other research agencies in monitoring field parameters (e.g. dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, salinity) to track conditions. Other cooperative research interests include fish disease, harmful algae, and harmful algal blooms.