Central Coastal Plain Capacity Use Area
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 2019 (5 foot contour interval). Each graphic is a link to a movie showing the recovery process every year. For reference, a series of annual potentiometric surface maps are available for both of these aquifers and others.
Groundwater 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 groundwater use permitting process. The CCPCUA rules became effective August 1, 2002.
2019 CCPCUA Status Report
The 2019 CCPCUA Status Report, as required by 15A NCAC 02E .0506 of the CCPCUA rules, was presented to the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission (EMC), Water Allocation Committee on September 11, 2019. The status report (4.8 mb pdf) is now available with this link or from the Miscellaneous menu option.
CCPCUA Rule Re-adoption
Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, the Division is requesting public comment on the seven rules in 15A NCAC 02E section .0500 before the proposed rule language is presented to the EMC Water Allocation Committee. The rules and DWR's proposed changes are made available in this linked document. For your comments to be considered during this initial stage of rule re-adoption they must be emailed or mailed to us before September 20, 2019. Comments should reference the line and page numbers in the document if possible.