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 the recovery movie. These maps show contoured water level recovery in the Upper Cape Fear (left) and Black Creek (right) aquifers between November 2007 and November 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.
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.
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.