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2021 Water Quality Workshop

February 23 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

The 17th Annual North Carolina Water Quality Compliance Workshop

About this Event

2021 Water Quality Compliance Workshop

The North Carolina Water Quality Compliance Workshop is being conducted online in 2021 to avoid mass gathering in the midst of Coronavirus Pandemic conditions. The event provides an COVID-free setting to meet state regulatory personnel and discuss permitting and compliance matters that may impact your operations in the coming year.

The staffs of the North Carolina Division of Water Resources (DWR) and Division of Energy Mining and Land Resources (DEMLR) will help you understand the laws, regulations and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) expectations to help your organization develop the most effective compliance strategies and control costs.

The agenda provides plenty of time for questions during each presentation. Attendees with specific questions prior to the workshop can also submit those questions anonymously to NCMA to be included in the day's discussions.

You will have the opportunity to submit any questions for the workshop, when registering online.

Workshop Topics

  • Division Director's Regulatory and Policy Update
  • Water Quality Legal Update
  • Surface Water Standards
  • PFAS Investigations
  • NPDES Updates
  • Groundwater Standards
  • Groundwater Rules
  • Non-Discharge Permits
  • Industrial Stormwater Overview
  • What to Expect During an NPDES Inspection
  • Regional Supervisors Panel Discussion/Q&A



The workshop is designed to provide 6 hours of continuing education credit pending approval by the North Carolina Water Pollution Control Operators Certification Commission (WPCSOCC) and by the North Carolina Water Treatment Facility Operators Certification Board (NCWTFOCB).

NOTE: CEU approval criteria is somewhat different for online/virtual events due to COVID-19. We will post an update of workshop CEU approval status as soon as we receive confirmation from the WPCSOCC and NCWTFOCB. If you are seeking CEUs for water or wastewater operators, you may prefer to register after we post confirmation of workshop approval for CEUs.


Standard Registration - $175

NCMA Member Registration - $150

Late Registration (After February 12, 2021) - $225


The Workshop will be presented by the staffs from the North Carolina Division of Water Resources and Division of Energy, Minerals, and Land Resources.

Presenters include: Danny Smith (Director, DWR)• Drew Hargrove (DEQ Office of General Counsel) • Chris Ventaloro (Industrial Hygiene Consultant, Water Planning Section) • Julie Grzyb (Deputy Director, DWR) • Mike Montebello (Program Manager, WQ Permitting) • Jeff Poupart (Chief, WQ Permitting Section) • Bridget Flaherty Shelton (GW Quality Standards Coordinator, Rules Review Branch) • Rick Bolich (Asst. Regional Supervisor, Raleigh Regional Office) • Nathaniel Thornburg (Supervisor, Non-Discharge) • Annette Lucas (Stormwater Supervisor, DEMLR) • Toby Vinson (Program Operations Chief, DEMLR) • Tom Tharrington (Asst. Regional Supervisor, Wilmington Regional Office) • Landon Davidson (Asheville Regional Office Supervisor) • Corey Basinger (Mooresville Regional Office Supervisor) • Lori Snider (Winston-Salem Regional Office Supervisor) • Scott Vinson (Raleigh Regional Office Supervisor) • Morella Sanchez King (Wilmington Regional Office Supervisor)

Additional Information

For Additional Information Contact: Donna Pittman at donna.pittman@myncma.org or 919-834-9459


February 23
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Event Category:


Live Online


North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance
North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality