Jordan Lake Nutrient Strategy



The Jordan Lake Rules are a nutrient management strategy designed to restore water quality in the lake by reducing the amount of pollution entering upstream. Restoration and protection of the lake are essential because it serves as a water supply for several thriving communities, as well as a prime recreation area for more than a million visitors each year. The lake and surrounding forests also provide critical habitat for many plant and animal species.

Jordan Lake was impounded in 1983 by damming the Haw River near its confluence with the Deep River. It was created to provide flood control, water supply, protection of water quality downstream, fish and wildlife conservation, and recreation. The lake has had water quality issues from the beginning, with the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission declaring it as nutrient-sensitive waters (NSW) the same year it was impounded. Since that time, Jordan Lake has consistently rated as eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic, with excessive levels of nutrients present. The Jordan Lake Rules are designed to protect and improve water quality in the lake. The rules were developed over several years through a process that involved extensive meetings, public hearings and negotiations between residents, environmental groups, local and state government agencies and other stakeholders in the watershed. Specific issues addressed by the rules include reducing pollution from wastewater discharges, stormwater runoff from new and existing development, agriculture and fertilizer application.

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Background Rule Re-adoption Process / Jordan Lake One Water

Rule Re-adoption Process / Jordan Lake One Water

NC DWR has embarked on a public participation process as part of the rule re-adoption plan. Join the Jordan Lake listserv to be kept up to date.  

DWR is partnering with Jordan Lake One Water - JLOW - a TJCOG administered collaborative to develop an integrative watershed managment plan, as the first step toward the best nutrient managment strategy for the Jordan Lake watershed. The JLOW website contains its workplan, timeline, workgroups to join, past meeting summaries, and is the best place to stay up to date on the collaborative process. 

The NC Policy Collaboratory has submitted its final report of the Jordan Lake Nutrient Management Study.  Also, find the individual research reports on that same website under the resources tab.


For information about JLOW and how to be involved, please join the Jordan Lake listserv. You can also contact Patrick Beggs at DWR or Jen Schmitz at TJCOG/919-558-9342.



The Jordan Rules went into effect on August 2009. Since that date, there have been many milestone steps toward rule implementation.  There have also been delays to some of the rules.

As of 2018, the Jordan Rules are set to begin readoption in January 2020.

Maps Rules and Implementation

Rules and Implementation

The Jordan Rules became effective in August 2009.  Later Session Law affected some of the rules implementation dates. 

Monitoring and Assessment

Monitoring and Assessment

DWR and its partners actively monitor water quality in the Jordan Lake watershed and routinely assess its performance against existing water quality standards.



Jordan Lake Nutrient Strategy Coordinator
Patrick Beggs
(919) 707-3672

Nonpoint Source Planning Branch Chief
Rich Gannon
(919) 707-3673