Nash Community College (NCC) Water Quality Institute

Nash Community College, Rocky Mount, NC

The NCC Water Quality Institute (WQI) will improve water quality and conservation in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River Basins through research, public outreach, K-14 education, and workforce development in related career fields. NCC’s Water Quality Institute is conducting research to assess the relative impact of different land uses and invasive species dynamics on aquatic systems and endemic organisms of these river basins.

Counties Impacted:

  • Beaufort
  • Carteret
  • Craven
  • Dare
  • Duplin
  • Durham
  • Edgecombe
  • Franklin
  • Granville
  • Greene
  • Halifax
  • Harnett
  • Hyde
  • Johnston
  • Jones
  • Lenoir
  • Martin
  • Nash
  • Onslow
  • Orange
  • Pamlico
  • Person
  • Pitt
  • Sampson
  • Vance
  • Wake
  • Warren
  • Washington
  • Wayne
  • Wilson

By measuring water quality parameters at a variety of sites distributed throughout the Tar and Neuse River basins we are building a drainage basin-wide snapshot of water quality. We have found certain areas with good water quality and other areas with poor water quality. Moreover, we have documented wide variation in water quality parameters at the sites throughout the sampling period. This variation clearly illustrates that the factors affecting water quality in our areas are complex and bear continuous monitoring to both identify problem areas as well as finding solutions to poor water quality.

- Dr. David Beamer



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