Raw sewage causes microorganisms in the water to go into overdrive.
What happens when raw sewage is dumped into water
March 15, 2018
Close to one-third of North Carolinians rely on private well water. RTI International scientist Jennifer Redmon explains the importance of testing private wells.
Why it's still important to check your private well water safety
March 7, 2018
Algal Blooms Return to the Chowan River
July 10, 2017
For the third year in a row, dense populations of blue-green algae have turned parts of the Chowan River into the color of pea soup.
These algal blooms stink. They also take up large amounts of oxygen when they decay, suffocating aquatic life and leading to fish kills.
How this toxic form of chromium is linked to NC's water supply
November 29, 2016
Ever since a storm water pipe burst beneath a coal ash pond in Eden in 2014, coal ash has been the most widely recognized and reported source of water pollution in North Carolina.
Learn about testing water quality in freshwater systems and in coastal waters. Then find out how testing is being used to determine water safety at North Carolina beaches.
What’s a watershed anyway?
Watersheds come in many shapes and sizes. That’s because Mother Nature doesn’t recognize city, county, state or national boundaries. It’s the geography and the contours of the land that determine where the water drains.
And that’s the key to understanding the concept of a watershed. A watershed is an area of land where all of the water that is above ground and even below ground drains into the same place.