Other Monitoring & Results
The NC Division of Water Quality monitors water chemistry as part of its Ambient Monitoring program, as well as its randomly-selected monitoring. Guidance on how to search for and download data can be found on their Ambient Monitoring System webpage.
Division of Water Quality’s Basinwide Assessment Reports
DWQ Basinwide Assessment Reports review the various monitoring conducted for river basins over the past five-year period.
USGS’s North Carolina Water Science Center creates annual data reports. Most raw data over the years can be found online. The USGS operates an extensive network of surface water and groundwater monitoring stations, and regularly publishes new reports on specific NC water resources topics.
Water Quality in the Deep and Haw Rivers
USGS study of water quality in the Deep and Haw Rivers for use in comparison to UCFRBA monitoring data.
Related report: “Suspended Sediment and Nutrients in the Upper Cape Fear River Basin, North Carolina, 2002-04, with an Analysis of Temporal Changes, 1976-2004”
Factors affecting nitrogen and phosphorus loads in nutrient-sensitive waters of eastern North Carolina
Study of streams in the Cape Fear, Tar, Pamlico, and Neuse river basins, including several local sites on the Haw River, Morgan Creek, and New Hope Creek.
Occurrence of Organic Wastewater Compounds in Selected Surface-Water Supplies, Triangle Area of North Carolina, 2002–2005
Selected organic wastewater compounds, such as household, industrial, and agricultural-use compounds, sterols, pharmaceuticals, and antibiotics, were measured by USGS at eight sites classified as drinking-water supplies in the Triangle Area of North Carolina.
1Hr Koretizing Interim Measures Report 20110401 Dry Cleaner solvent in groundwater study and remediation:The Division of Waste Management has been tracking the plume of dry cleaner solvent in downtown Chapel Hill from a long-gone dry cleaners (One-Hour Koretizing), as well as documenting remediation efforts.
“Selected Physical, Chemical, and Biological Data for 30 Urbanizing Streams in the North Carolina Piedmont Ecoregion, 2002—2003” http://nc.water.usgs.gov/reports/ds279
“Selected water-quality and biological characteristics of streams in some forested basins of North Carolina, 1985-88” http://nc.water.usgs.gov/reports/abstracts/wri924129.html
“Selected Physical, Chemical, and Biological Data Used to Study Urbanizing Streams in Nine Metropolitan Areas of the United States, 1999–2004” http://nc.water.usgs.gov/reports/ds423/index.html
Water quality characterization of bridge deck runoff in NC
The primary objective of this investigation is to identify the loading of selected constituents in stormwater runoff from representative bridges across North Carolina.
Triangle Area Water Supply Monitoring Project
The US Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with six local governments and TJCOG monitor water supply reservoirs and streams throughout the area to create a long-term database of water quality information.
The USGS operates several “real-time” sites that radio their current data to the office at least hourly, if not more frequently. You can search for and retrieve information for any of their surface water, groundwater, precipitation, or other sites online through the National Water Information System.
Local USGS Surface-water Sites – Real-Time:
USGS 02097464 MORGAN CREEK NEAR WHITE CROSS, NC
USGS 02097517 MORGAN CREEK NEAR CHAPEL HILL, NC
USGS 02097314 NEW HOPE CREEK NEAR BLANDS, NC
Other USGS Sites:
USGS 02097355 BOLIN CREEK AB FRANKLIN ST NEAR CHAPEL HILL, NC
USGS 0209736000 BOLIN CREEK NEAR CHAPEL HILL, NC
USGS 0209736050 BATTLE BRANCH NR CHAPEL HILL, NC
USGS 0209737400 BOLIN CR AT US 15-501 NR CHAPEL HILL, NC
USGS 0209750881 WILSON CR AT MOUTH NR CHAPEL HILL, NC
USGS 02097500 MORGAN CR BL UNIVERSITY LK DAM NR CHAPEL HILL, NC
USGS 0209749990 UNIVERSITY LAKE AT INTAKES NR CHAPEL HILL, NC
USGS 0209749210 UNIVERSITY LAKE BL PRICE CREEK NR CARRBORO, NC
USGS 0209748410 UNIVERSITY LAKE BL PHILS CREEK
USGS 0209746515 UNIVERSITY LAKE BL SR 1005 NR CARRBORO, NC
Other organizations monitor water quality or have conducted water quality studies in our area:
Upper Cape Fear River Basin Association
A coalition of governments and industries in the upper Cape Fear River basin operates a water quality monitoring network in cooperation with NC Division of Water Quality, Cape Fear River Assembly (CFRA), Piedmont-Triad Council of Governments (PTCOG) and Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG). Latest data can be found online.
Triangle ULTRA (Urban Long-Term Research Area)
Wiki-space for collaboration of environmental resources and ecosystem services research in the Triangle area. Water resources are a targeted study area.
NC Water Resources Research Institute
WRRI supports statewide research and outreach efforts related to water resources, conducts seminars and conferences, and provides training and outreach.
UNC School of Public Health’s Water Institute
Globally-oriented water resources research.
Water Working Group at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment
Triangle-area research into water-related issues.
NC State Extension projects in the Cape Fear River Basin
The Application of Extreme Stochastic Inputs to a Transport Model in the Context of Global Climate Change, Drew M. Haerer. Duke Thesis.
Assessing Municipal Operations as a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Management Strategy, by Basma A. Mohammad. Duke Thesis.
Microbial partitioning in urban stormwaters, by Leigh-Anne H Krometis. UNC Thesis.
Characterization of Nonpoint Source Microbial Contamination in an Urbanizing Watershed Serving as a Municipal Water Supply, by Jakob Rowny. UNC Thesis.
Green-tree impoundment and municipal sewage effects on abiotic phosphorus retention in a Piedmont bottomland wetland, by Alice Barry Carberry. UNC Thesis.