Those interested in water quality may want to attend a Public Hearing for the Proposed Water Supply Nutrient Strategy for B. Everett Jordan Reservoir. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June July 12, at The Century Center.
This is one of three hearings being held by the North Carolina Division of Water Quality. A good overview can be found in their public notice.
The proposed rules call for much more stringent discharge limits for phosphorus and nitrogen. As well as the regulations themselves, a major concern for local government is who pays for the improvements. As Mayor Chilton pointed out at a recent board meeting, the Corps of Engineers laid out the lake to take significant run off from more densely populated areas, those areas are already ahead of the curve on controlling run-off (as compared to others in the watershed), and we will not consume Jordan Lake water.
The proposed rules are here.
The Triangle J's take on the rules can be found in our recent agenda item.
And the OWASA board will be discussing their position on Monday night.
On June 26, the Board of Aldermen held a public hearing and approved a text amendment on post-construction stormwater management requirements of the draft Jordan Rules. Staff is working on ordinance provisions pertaining to stream buffer requirements, a portion of which will also respond to the Jordan Rule, and hopes to bring that before the Board of Aldermen before the end of 2007.