Jordan Lake Nutrient Strategy

Overview, Background & Maps

Overview, Background & Maps

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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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Rule Re-adoption Process / Jordan Lake One Water

Rule Re-adoption Process / Jordan Lake One Water

JLOW May 2020 Newsletter

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 the stormwater rules. A readoption process for the Jordan Rules began in January 2020.  As part of this process NC DWR has embarked on a public participation process. 

Sesion Law 2016-94 and 2018-5 established the NC Policy Collaboratory; directed the Collaboratory to begin a 3-year study on areas subject to the Jordan Lake Water Supply Nutrient Strategies relative to the readoption of the Jordan Rules; directed the Collaboratory to commence modeling of Jordan Lake and its watershed; and set the final date for receipt of the study and modeling at Dec 31, 2019, at which time Jordan Rules readoption could begin.  The Collaboratory submitted its final report of the Jordan Lake Nutrient Management Study in Decmber 2019.  The individual research reports can be found on that same website under the resources tab. Jordan Ruls readoption began in 2020.

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. 

For information about JLOW and how to be involved, please join the Jordan Lake listserv. You can also contact Patrick Beggs at DWR or Emily Barrett  at TJCOG.

Join the Jordan Lake listserv to get involved.  (To avoid listserv messages going to your spam folder, add jordanlake@lists.ncmail.net to you address book.)

 

 

 

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.

Contacts

Contacts

Jordan Lake Nutrient Strategy Coordinator
Patrick Beggs
patrick.beggs@ncdenr.gov
(919) 707-3672

Nonpoint Source Planning Branch Chief
Rich Gannon
rich.gannon@ncdenr.gov
(919) 707-3673