Click on the county of interest for an enlarged county map with Cretaceous aquifer zones delineated.
Water Level Recovery Maps (click on each image to see recovery movie)
Contoured water level recovery in the Upper Cape Fear (left) and Black Creek (right) aquifers between November 2007 and August 2015 (5 foot contour interval). Each graphic is a link to a movie showing the recovery process every three months. For reference, a series of annual potentiometric surface maps are available for both of these aquifers and others.
The Environmental Management Commission has designated the 15 highlighted counties
shown on the map to the left as the Central Coastal Plain Capacity Use Area and approved
the CCPCUA rules which create a ground water use permitting process. The CCPCUA rules became effective August 1, 2002.
15A NCAC 02A – ORGANIZATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION
15A NCAC 02C – WELL CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS
15A NCAC 02E – WATER USE REGISTRATION AND ALLOCATION
The comment period for these subchapters is: January 29, 2016 through April 8, 2016.
The public may provide comments by clicking this link: http://rulesreview.ncdenr.gov/ From here, a list of subchapters under review are available on the left. Each subchapter is linked to a table that lists each rule by citation number, name, whether the rule implements or conforms to Federal Regulation and the agency's initial determination. Clicking on the rule citation number will take the user to the rule itself. Each row has an "Add Comment" button. From here, a form will be displayed where you can enter and submit your comment by answering the required questions. The user also has the option to submit a comment by sending a document/file. Information regarding file size limitations are included. A public comment is defined as, a written comment objecting to the rule, in whole or in part, received by an agency from any member of the public, including an association or other organization representing the regulated community or other members of the public (G.S. 150B-21.3A(a)(5)). In order for a comment to be considered by the Rules Review Commission, the comment must address the content of the rule. The user may provide an affiliation in the boxes provided, although it is not required. All comments submitted will be sent electronically to authorized staff.
Comments may also be submitted by mailing to: DENR Rule Comments, 1601 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699
Ground water levels have shown improvements after the Neuse Regional Water and Sewer Authority start-up in Fall 2008. More recent changes near Jacksonville, Onslow County and Cove City, Craven County are associated with use of their new Castle Hayne aquifer well fields starting in 2010 by Jacksonville and New Bern, respectively. All alternative water supplies help to improve the overuse problem.