Nutrient Sensitive Waters and Special Watersheds

A number of the Nutrient Sensitive Waters and Special Watershed stormwater programs are overseen by the state Division of Water Resources rather than the Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources. Those programs are listed here to help provide a more complete picture of stormwater management in our state.

Nutrient Sensitive Waters 

Nutrient Sensitive Waters (NSW) is a supplemental classification intended for waters needing additional nutrient management due to excessive growth of microscopic or macroscopic vegetation. For some waters classified as NSW in North Carolina, the department has developed special stormwater programs for the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River Basins. 

Neuse NSW Stormwater Program

Tar Pamlico NSW Stormwater Program

 

Special Watershed Programs

There are currently three major special watershed programs in our state. The Jordan Nutrient Management Strategy and Falls Lake Nutrient Management Strategy were created to address specific nutrient loading issues to protect these resources as water supplies and recreational areas. The Goose Creek watershed in the Yadkin Pee-Dee River Basin provides habitat for the federally endangered Carolina heelsplitter (Lasmigona decorata). The Goose Creek stormwater program also applies to Sixmile and Waxhaw Creeks. 

Jordan Lake Nutrient Management Rules and Rule Implementation Information

Falls Lake Nutrient Management Rules and Rule Implementation Information

Goose Creek Site Specific Water Quality Management Plan (also applies to Sixmile and Waxhaw Creeks)