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Past Monitoring Projects (2012 - Present)

Project Name

Primary Partner



CCMP Actions

APNEP Funding

Project Description

Support for Sentinel Network Monitoring of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation

NFWF Subcontract, ECU Lead


In Progress

E1.1, E1.2, E2.1, E2.2


Funding was provided to East Carolina University to continute monitoring submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) sentinel sites in the Albemarle Sound and Neuse River. This survey aims to determin the current abundance and trends of SAV in low-salinity areas of the Albemarle-Pamlico region.

Swim Guide Water Quality Monitoring Program

Sound Rivers



D1.1, D2.1, D2.3, D3.1, E1.3


Funding was provided to Sound Rivers to initiate a citizen science water quality monitoring program in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico Rivers. Water was sampled weekly during the summer and tested for harmful levels of bacteria. Alerts and information is then posted on the organization's website and sent to a larger data base called Swim Guide. The organization uses EPA water quality criteria for contact recreation.

Harmful Algal Bloom Testing Kits

NC Division of Water Resources



E1.1, D2.3


Funding was used to purchase test kits for use in rapidly identifying the presence of microcystin, a cyanotoxin produced by harmful algal blooms, in the Chowan River. In the summer of 2016, the Chowan River near Edenton North Carolina experienced algal blooms and the test kits provided to the Division of Water Resources were used to decrease the response time of the agency in identifying blooms as well as alerting local communities to their presence.

NC Recreational Water Quality Program Support in the APNEP Region

NC Division of Marine Fisheries




2018: $9768; 2017: $11,403; 2014: $12,713

APNEP provided funding to support the Division of Marine Fisheries’ Recreational Water Quality Monitoring Program in the Albemarle-Pamlico region. This program tests for bacterial concentrations in coastal recreational waters, with the goal of protecting Human Health. When bacteriological standards have been exceeded, the program notifies the public. This, along with educational campaigns creates a better-informed public about bacteria in coastal waters and how this can be prevented.

Technical Analyses to Support an Assessment of Environmental Indicators in the Albemarle-Pamlico Watershed

NC State Center for Geospatial Analytics



E1.2, E2.2


APNEP contacted with the NC State Center for Geospatial Analytics to provide support for its Ecosystem Assessment efforts, including contribution of technical information to multiple APNEP environmental indicators.

ECU Ecosystem Assessment

East Carolina University



E1.2, E2.2


APNEP contacted with East Carolina University to provide support for its Ecosystem Assessment efforts, including contribution of technical information to multiple APNEP environmental indicators.

Survey of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation in Albemarle Sound

East Carolina University



B2.2, C3.3, E1.1


This monitoring study focuses on the Albemarle Sound and uses SONAR and video-drop cameras to establish sentinel sites in the sound. For this project, about 420 km of shoreline along the Albemarle Sound were surveyed from August to September 2014.

Roanoke River Gauge Funding

N.C. Division of Water Resources



(previous CCMP)


With funds from APNEP, along with those from USACE, USFWS, NCDWR, NCWRC, the gauge in the Roanoke River remained functional during FY 2013-2014. Since the gauge was kept in use, water flow and water quality historical records were kept intact.

ModMon Water Quality Monitoring

UNC Instite for Marine Sciences



A2.1, B2.6, C3.1, D1.3, E1.1


ModMon is a partnership among UNC, NCDENR, DWR, the Lower Neuse Basin Association/Neuse River Compliance Association, and APNEP. The goal of the partnership is to collect and analyze water quality, and it has been doing so since 1994. This funding allowed for water quality monitoring to continue in the Neuse River Estuary system, so that nutrient productivity and algal bloom interactions could be observed. The data resulting from the analysis was used to calibrate, verify, and modify three models for long term management strategies. This is important during elevated tropical storm or hurricane activity. Funding allowed researchers to obtain data that can help determine the environmental stress on this specific estuary environment.

Remote Sensing of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) in the APNEP Region

NC Department of Transportation



B2.2, C3.3, E1.1


With the services of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT), APNEP mapped submerged aquatic vegetation on the state’s coast. In shallow water areas less than 2 meters in depth, the DOT used a digital mapping camera to obtain remotely sensed imagery.