Surface Water Classifications

English Abstract: 

"Surface Water Classifications are designations applied to surface water bodies, such as streams, rivers and lakes, which define the best uses to be protected within these waters (for example swimming, fishing, drinking water supply) and carry with them an associated set of water quality standards to protect those uses. Surface water classifications are one tool that state and federal agencies use to manage and protect all streams, rivers, lakes, and other surface waters in North Carolina. Classifications and their associated protection rules may be designed to protect water quality, fish and wildlife, or other special characteristics. Each classification has associated standards that are used to determine if the designated uses are being protected."

English Title: 
Surface Water Classifications
North Carolina Division of Water Quality (DWQ)
KOS Types Vocabulary: 
217 W. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC, 27603, United States