NC Division of Water Resources Educational Programs

Division of Water Resources Educational Programs


NC Stream Watch

NC Stream Watch is designed to:
  • Teach about stream health through guided online surveys
  • Support educational opportunities by sharing images of different types of streams and rivers across North Carolina

Interested in sharing your observations of your local stream to our statewide NC Stream Watch Map? You don't need to be a trained hydrologist to contribute.  

Get started now with the NC Stream Watch Observation Survey.

Explore observations shared by NC Stream Watchers on our Observation Dashboard.


It's Our Water

This program is available through an online module, self-guided by the student. This course is currently offered for free upon request.   Upon homework completion, It's Our Water qualifies for 10 hours of EE Criteria I credit or paperwork to submit to your school district.   These activities are coordinated with a series of videos, demonstrations and classroom activities covering everything from the hydrologic cycle to point and non-point source pollution.  For more information, and to enroll in the course, email  Please note: Upon completion, students will NOT receive a Project WET guide.  You must attend a Project WET workshop to receive a Project WET 2.0 guide.  For more information: click here.

Project WET

Make the Hydrosphere your favorite thing to teach!  The Project WET program offers engaging activities for educators to use in their classrooms and outdoors.  Activities are aligned with North Carolina's science/ELA/social studies/math curriculums.  Workshops are fun, collaborative, and showcase various resources available through NC Division of Water Resources.  The curriculum is formatted through the following water literacy principles:
  1. Water Has Unique Physical and Chemical Characteristics
  2. Water is Essential for All Life To Exist
  3. Water Connects all Earth Systems
  4. Water is a Natural Resource
  5. Water Resources are Managed
  6. Water Resources Exist within Social Constructs
  7. Water Resources Exist Within Cultural Constructs


Contact: Lauren Daniel, North Carolina Project WET Coordinator

Click here to view upcoming Project WET Workshops in North Carolina!

Click Here for New Distance Learning Resources from NC DEQ Educators

Water Education Programs

Watershed Action Plans: Community Watershed Improvement Projects

Watershed Action Plans: Community Watershed Improvement Projects

North Carolina is leading the effort to bring all stakeholders together to enhance efforts of stream restoration and protection.  Is your community interested in contributing to a watershed action plan?  Do you want to tell the story about your neighborhood stream?  Are you interested in how you can contribute to larger projects going on in your watershed?  We are building a framework to share resources and promote projects starting with your own back yard.  We are compiling presentations to help you teach your community about stormwater management, green infrastructure, co-benefits of restoration efforts, and much more-  all in the name of water education and commumity action!

For More Information about how to start your own Focus Area for a Watershed Action Plan, click here!

Is your community launching watershed improvement projects (WIPS)?

Share your efforts on our Community Watershed Improvment Projects Survey!

Explore other projects throughout North Carolina with this interactive WIPS map.

NC Creek Week Network

NC Creek Week Network

The North Carolina Creek Week Network brings various cities, counties, and organizations together to support week-long events celebrating local streams and rivers.  Interested in organizing an event to bring awareness for your local waterway?  NC Creek Week Network is a great space to pitch ideas, look for support, and identify solutions for growing your own outreach programs.  For more information, email Lauren Daniel.

Discover NC Watersheds

Discover NC Watersheds

Through a partnership with UNC Wilmington's Instructional Technology and Design program, we are excited to announce:

Discover NC Watersheds

This series offers a unique opportunity for participants to explore their own watershed data, learn about opportunities to educate their community, and learn how to maximize their community projects to optimize effectiveness.  Participants will be guided with the tools to create a Watershed Story that can be used to enhance their communication and outreach programs.  To learn more about the Discover NC Watersheds series, please email Lauren Daniel.

Other Water Education