Classification & Standards

Classifications, Standards & Rules Review Branch

The Classifications, Standards & Rules Review Branch is responsible for developing and assisting with the interpretation and implementation of the state's surface water and groundwater quality standards and surface water body classifications such as Water Supply (WS), High Quality Waters (HQW), and others. It provides support for DWR rulemaking and to the Environmental Management Commission, Water Quality Committee, and the Groundwater Committee. Staff members also represent the Department on a variety of state and national workgroups.

For more information please click the links below

Current Reclassification Proposals
Surface Water Standards
Groundwater Standards
303(d) Impaired Waterbodies List
DWR Surface Water Classifications Map
DWR Rules Mailing List - Sign up here to receive rule-making announcements!
Rules Review and Readoption
Helpful DWR Links
Helpful EPA Links


Main telephone: 919-707-9000 (or use direct numbers below)

FAX: 919-807-6497

Name Title Telephone Email
Jeff Manning Branch Chief 919-807-6415
Tonya Godwin Office Assistant IV 919-807-6301
Adriene Weaver Classifications, WQC Coordinator, Rules Review 919-807-6414
Elizabeth Kountis Reclassifications Coordinator, Rules Review 919-807-6418
Connie Brower State Water Quality Standards Coordinator, Rules Review 919-807-6416
Bridget Flaherty Groundwater Water Quality Standards Coordinator, Rules Review 919-707-9022
Christopher Ventaloro Surface Water and Groundwater Water Quality Standards Assistance 919-807-6421
Mailing address: 1611 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1611

DWR Rules Mailing List

This mailing list publishes emails concerning rule-making announcements. To sign up, simply send a blank email to

DWRrules Listserv Public Archive

Rules Review & Readoption

Rules Review per N.C. General Statutes §150B-21.3A

Rules Readoption 

Helpful DWR Links

DWR Rules Webpage - North Carolina Administrative Code

DWR Calendar for Public Hearings & Meetings - Dates, locations, & public notices

Environmental Management Commission (EMC) - Adopts rules for the protection, preservation, and enhancement of th NC's air and water resources

Data, Statistics, & Maps

Helpful EPA Links

Water Quality Standards Program - Aquatic Life, Human Health, Nutrients, etc...

ECOTOX Database - Chemical toxicity information for aquatic and terrestrial life

IRIS (Integrated Risk Information System) Database - Compiles reports on substances that cause human health effects

Major Environmental Laws - Laws that influence environmental protection and EPA regulatiory process

Clean Water Act - History, introduction, updates, etc...

CFR Title 40: Protection of Environment - Code of Federal Regulations that deals with protecting the environment and human health