Neuse River Basin

located on the east side of North Carolina

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Major Cities

Raleigh, Goldsboro, Durham, Smithfield, New bern, and Kinston

Counties within

Wake county, Durham county, Granville County


The Neuse River Basin has a lot of small rivers leading towards it and starts at the ocean

Where it drains

The Tar and Neuse are two big rivers that empty in the Pamilco sound


The approximately length of the Neuse is 275 miles long. The tar is 215 miles long and are the two biggest rivers in the Neuse river basin


Neuse River basin is very big, covers 19 counties, and is 6,192 square miles


Neuse River basin has over 1,500,000 people that live there


There are many activities that you could do.


  • Fishing
  • Canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Boating
  • Snorkleing


  • Flat Pebble snail ( Lepyrium showalteri)
  • Carolina madtom (Noturus Furiosus)
  • LeatherBack sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea)


  • Pine trees (Pinus)
  • Red Maple trees (Acer rubrum)
  • White oak (Quercus alba)

Water Quality

The water quality is very good and it is clean because the trees protecting the water form the sunlight


Most of the pollution comes from agriculture runoff, making high nitrogen levels in the water

Preventing Pollution

These are some ways to prevent pollution are filtering the water and disposing of trash properly


The Neuse is one of the largest river basins in North Carolina