EPA’s National Wetland Condition Assessment (North Carolina)
In 2011 and 2016, the North Carolina Division of Water Resources participated in the EPA’s National Wetland Condition Assessment, a national intensive survey of wetlands. At each wetland site chosen by the EPA, a team of North Carolina scientists surveyed the wetland in an intensive one-day process which involved data collection related to vegetation, soils, hydrology, water quality, and buffer characteristics. Multiple rapid assessments were also conducted. Analysis of wetland data from the whole nation was later performed by the EPA and resulted in a comprehensive report describing the health of the nation’s wetlands. The assessment is scheduled to be repeated every 5 years.
To date, North Carolina has surveyed 74 wetland sites as part of this national assessment.
Links to the EPA’s Final Reports from the National Wetland Condition Assessment
The National Wetland Condition Assessment is a statistical survey to address some gaps in our understanding of wetland health by providing information on ecological condition of the nation’s wetlands and stressors most commonly associated with poor condition.
This work was funded by the EPA under Section 106 of the Clean Water Act, Water Pollution Control