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Contoured water level recovery in the Upper Cape Fear (left) and Black Creek (right) aquifers between November 2007 and February 2014 (5 foot contour interval). Each graphic is a link to a movie showing the recovery process every three months. For reference, a series of annual potentiometric surface maps are available for both of these aquifers and others.
The Environmental Management Commission has designated the 15 highlighted counties shown on the map to the left as the Central Coastal Plain Capacity Use Area and approved the CCPCUA rules which create a ground water use permitting process.  The CCPCUA rules became effective August 1, 2002.
2013 CCPCUA Assessment
The 2013 CCPCUA Assessment report, as required by 15A NCAC 2E .0503(7), was received by the Environmental Management Commission on November 14, 2013. The assessment document (10.7 mb pdf) is now available with this link or from the Miscellaneous menu option. The EMC agreed that DWR may now issue temporary permits to certain permittees under the 15A NCAC 2E .0502(p) provision. Those permittees may avoid future water withdrawal reductions, but temporary permits place additional constraints on reduction wells.
Ground water levels have shown improvements after the Neuse Regional Water and Sewer Authority start-up in Fall 2008.  More recent changes near Jacksonville, Onslow County and Cove City, Craven County are associated with use of their new Castle Hayne aquifer well fields starting in 2010 by Jacksonville and New Bern, respectively.