The NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) (formerly Department of Environment and Natural Resources) is the lead stewardship agency for the preservation and protection of North Carolina's outstanding natural resources.
The organization, which has offices from the mountains to the coast, administers regulatory programs designed to protect air quality, water quality, and the public's health. DEQ also offers technical assistance to businesses, farmers, local governments, and the public and encourages responsible behavior with respect to the environment through education programs provided at DEQ facilities and through the state's school system. Through its natural resource divisions, DEQ works to protect fish, wildlife and wilderness areas. The agency helps to make sure drinking water is safe.
The department is organized into the Secretary's office and staff, administration, divisions, programs, regional offices, boards, councils and commissions.