The Sedimentation Control Commission was created to administer the state's Sedimentation Control Program pursuant to the N.C. Sedimentation Pollution Control Act of 1973. The commission is charged with adopting rules, setting standards and providing guidance for implementation of the law. The composition of the commission is set by statute to encompass a broad range of perspectives and expertise in areas related to construction, industry, government and natural resource conservation and quality. All members are appointed by the Governor and serve three-year terms, except for the director of the Water Resources Research Institute of the University of North Carolina, who serves as long as he remains director. The chairman of the commission is named by the governor.