The Albemarle-Pamlico Region

What is the Albemarle-Pamlico Region?

The Albemarle-Pamlico estuarine system is made up of six river basins that flow into the sounds. The Pasquotank, Chowan, and Roanoke basins utlimately flow into Albemarle Sound, while the Tar-Pamlico and Neuse empty directly into Pamlico Sound.  Rivers of the White Oak basin flow to the Albemarle-Pamlico estuary's southern sounds, including Core, Back, and Bogue.    Each river basin boasts unique and valuable natural resources.  

Basins and Rivers

The watershed of the Albemarle-Pamlico estuarine system encompasses portions or all of six major river basins - the Neuse, Roanoke, Tar-Pamlico, Chowan, Pasquotank, and White Oak. Besides rivers, streams, sounds and marshes, the region includes the fields, forests, cities, and towns that surround them. All the water flowing across this landscape - rain and melted snow - eventually drains into the estuary. The N.C. Office of Environmental Education maintains educational materials for each of North Carolina's River Basins, including booklets, interactive Storymaps, GIS resources, and more.

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