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 2020 (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.
Permits are required for groundwater users of more than 100,000 gallons per day.
Annual registration and reporting of withdrawals is required for surface and groundwater users of more than
10,000 gallons per day.
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.
The most recent CCPCUA fact sheet is available here.
Check out the groundwater strategy for the CCP (1998-2000).
The CCPCUA rules were initially approved by the Environmental Management Commission
(EMC) at their December 14, 2000 meeting. The
November 2000 Hearing Officers' Report includes the December 14, 2000 rules. The CCPCUA rules were on the agenda for the Rules Review
Commission (RRC) February 28, 2001 meeting where all rules were approved except 15A NCAC .0502.
The EMC approved this
revised version of the CCPCUA rules on April 12, 2001 (with highlighted revisions from the December
2000 version). On April 19, 2001 the RRC approved revisions to .0502 made by the EMC, but after hearing objections to the rules from a
representative of the NC Aggregates Association, they raised one new objection to ambiguous language in .0502(k).
The EMC approved this revised version of the CCPCUA rules on May 10, 2001
(with highlighted revisions from the April 2001 version). This latest version was approved by the RRC on May 17, 2001.
Before a permit is issued or denied, quarterly reporting of daily water use and monthly water levels must start with the quarter
ending in September 2002. Reports are due by 30 days after the end of each quarter. Under permit, monthly reporting will usually be required. On-line reporting is available.
Annual registration and withdrawal reporting forms are due for both surface and groundwater users of more than
10,000 gallons per day. Agricultural users have three options for registration and reporting as explained in the response to #13 of the FAQ. On-line reporting is available.
2013-04-16 -- Gabrielle Chianese: DWR's public meeting was held at the Lenoir Community College in Kinston. Forty four people registered and 10 people made comments. Elected and appointed officials and many utility representatives attended such as GUC, NRWASA, Eastern Pines Water Corporation, Greene County, City of Kinston, Town of La Grange, Bell Arthur Water Corporation, Craven County. The last 30 minutes of the meeting was open discussion between Dr. Richard Spruill and attendees. DWR made this hand-out available to attendees and the web conference recording is also available.
Half of the comments were in support of the draft assessment document with the exception of a couple of proposed criteria that DWR would require to be able to alter a permit holder's reduction schedule. The other half of the comments received oppose any relaxation of the reduction requirements since some permit holders went above and beyond the full 3 phases of reductions and they do not want others to reap the benefits of their efforts to find an alternate water source.
2013-03-13 -- Nat Wilson: Water Allocation Committee members heard a presentation about the draft CCPCUA 2013 assessment document and approved the division's request to make the document available to the public and hold a public meeting set for 12:45 to 4:00 pm on April 16, 2013 in the Administration Building auditorium at Lenoir Community College in Kinston.
2013-01-09 -- Nat Wilson: Water Allocation Committee members seemed interested to hear about forthcoming 2013 assessment materials to review and the prospect of some controversy.
2012-12-28 -- Gabrielle Chianese: Mailed out 2013 assessment public notice to permit holders and other interested parties.
CCPCUA 2013 Assessment Public Meeting Registration Form
The CCPCUA permit was issued to Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. on November 15, 2013. That permit along with the hearing officer report are available in the links below. Additional links are provided to documents submitted by Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. associated with their application for water use permit CU3148 (also includes DWR response letters). If you have a private well in the Vanceboro quarry area and would like to register it with DWR, then you may do so by clicking on the Vanceboro Quarry Well Registration menu option to the left.
These databases are "works-in-progress" and are made available to the general public after best efforts to screen out errors -- but we may have missed a few. We encourage everyone who uses this data to help us check for mistakes or omissions.