Tar-Pamlico River Basin

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Quick Facts

Drainage Area (mi2):~6,148
Population (2010): ~449,164
River Miles: ~2,543
Coastal Miles:~36
Lake Acreage:~3,977
Estuary Acreage:~663,504
Planner: Nora Deamer

Subbasin Info

03020101 - Upper Tar River
03020102 - Fishing Creek
03020103 - Lower Tar River
03020104 - Pamlico River
03020105 - Pamlico Sound

Basin Description

    The Tar River originates in north central North Carolina in Person, Granville and Vance counties and flows southeasterly until it reaches tidal waters near Washington and becomes the Pamlico River and empties into the Pamlico Sound. The entire basin is classified as Nutrient Sensitive Waters (NSW). Based on the 2011 National Land Cover Data, the Tar-Pamlico River Basin's estimated developed area is ~7%, agriculture ~29%, wetlands ~23% grassland/scrub ~12% and forest ~27%. Development and population growth center around Greenville, Rocky Mount, Washington and in rural areas within commuting distance to Raleigh.

2014 Tar-Pamlico River Basin Water Resources Plan

2014 Executive Summary

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