Press Releases

Lake Norman Hydrilla Project – 2020 Grass Carp stocking

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, in cooperation with the Lake Norman Marine Commission, Duke Energy, and Charlotte Water, will be stocking 750 sterile grass carp at Lake Norman to control hydrilla, a particularly aggressive aquatic plant. 


Three North Carolina Coastal Reserve sites reopen to visitors on May 9

Friday, May 8, 2020

The N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve will reopen the Rachel Carson, Masonboro Island, and Bird Island Reserves to visitors on May 9, 2020 as North Carolina enters Phase 1 of the state’s plan of slowly easing certain COVID-19 restrictions.

North Carolina joins multi-state lawsuit opposing federal rule change

Friday, May 1, 2020

Today, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) joined the North Carolina Attorney General and 16 states in filing suit opposing the EPA’s final rule defining “Waters of the United States”.  The rule is set to take effect on June 22, 2020.

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