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DENR has a new name - N.C. Dept. of Environmental Quality

Monday, September 21, 2015 - 12:00am

DENR officially became the Department of Environmental Quality on Sept. 18, when Governor McCrory signed the 2015-2016 state budget into law. The budget also moved the state’s natural resources attractions (the three coastal aquariums, state parks, Museum of Natural Sciences and N.C. Zoo) and two programs (the Clean Water Management Trust Fund and Natural Heritage Program) to what is now called the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, formerly the Department of Cultural Resources.

There are many benefits to housing all of the state’s attractions under one agency whose mission is to conserve and promote our state-owned treasures. The transfer is consistent with the governor’s vision for government efficiency and will allow the Department of Environmental Quality to focus its efforts on environmental protection, regulation and energy policy.

We are currently working to update our online presence to reflect the name change. This process is already underway and will take place over the next few months. DEQ appreciates your patience during this transition.