Nutrient Rules Readoption

Readoption of Nutrient Strategy Rules for the Neuse, Tar-Pamlico, and Randleman Lake

N.C. Gen. Stat. §150B-21.3A, adopted in 2013, requires state agencies to review existing rules every 10 years. The Department of Environmental Quality rules are located by subchapters in Title 15A of the NC Administrative Code. The Division of Water Resources Nutrient Strategy Rules for the Neuse, Tar-Pamlico, and Randleman Lake are located in Section .0200 of Subchapter 02B. The latest version of proposed revisions to the Nutrient Strategy Rules for the Neuse, Tar-Pamlico, and Randleman Lake can be downloaded here.

Currently, only the Neuse, Tar-Pamlico, and Randleman Nutrient Strategy Rules are going through the readoption process. In July 2016, the General Assembly passed Session Law 2016-94, which calls for an evaluation of the Falls and Jordan nutrient strategies and separates these rules from the rest of the periodic rules readoption process, setting later rulemaking timelines which to be initiated no later than March 15, 2019.


February 15, 2019: The proposed rule readoptions and amendments to the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico Nutrient Strategy Rules were posted to the NC Register. This action begins a 60-day public comment period on the rules, which will run through April 16, 2019.

  • A PDF copy of the proposed rule revisions and notice of text is available on the Division of Water Resources website here.
  • Also, as a requirement of the rulemaking process DWQ staff completed a fiscal analysis estimating costs to affected parties and benefits of the proposed rule revisions.  This analysis has been approved by the Office of State Budget and Management and is available on their website here.


Two public hearings are scheduled.  Information presented by DWR will be the same at both hearings.  Comments provided by interested parties at either hearing will be included in the comment record and evaluated by the Hearing Officers.  The dates and locations of the hearings are as follows:  

Public Hearing #1
Date:  March 26, 2019
Time:  6 pm
Location:  Administration Building Auditorium, Lenoir Community College, 231 North Carolina Hwy 58, Kinston, NC 28504

Public Hearing #2
Date: March 28, 2019
Time:  6 pm
Location:  Council Chambers, Clayton Town Hall, 111 E 2nd Street, Clayton, NC 27520

Public Hearing Presentation


Anyone interested in and potentially affected by the proposed rule revisions is strongly encouraged to submit written comments, data or other relevant information. Comments may be submitted to John Huisman at the postal address listed below or emailed to

John Huisman
DWR - Water Planning Section
611 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1611

(919) 707-3677


Past Rulemaking Activity

Between 2015 and 2018 the Division has held three stakeholder meetings for input on the draft proposed rules revisions. 

Previous Stakeholder Meeting Dates

Rule Comments and Responses

Comments submitted to Division staff following the October 18, 2017 stakeholder meeting have been summarized.  Rule revisions based on these comments are reflected in the revised rule drafts submitted to the January 10, 2018 meeting of the Water Quality Committee of the Environmental Management Commission.  Summary of Rule Comments & Responses – Neuse & Tar-Pamlico Nutrient Strategy Rules

Next Steps

  • November 7, 2017: Information Update to Water Quality Committee of the Environmental Management Commission
  • January 2018: Request Permission to Initiate Formal Rulemaking & Begin Fiscal Note Development
  • July 2018: Draft Rules and Fiscal Note Presented to WQC
  • September 2018: Request Permission from EMC to Proceed to Public Comment / Public Hearings
  • Late 2018 – Early 2019: EMC Adoption of Rules / RRC Approval

If you have any questions or would like to receive future notices regarding the readoption of the Neuse, Tar-Pamlico, and Randleman Lake rules please contact John Huisman at or (919) 807-6436.