October 9 2018 WQC Agenda



October 9, 2018
Archdale Building-Ground Floor Hearing Room
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

General Statute § 138A-15 mandates that the Chair inquire as to whether any member knows of any known conflict of interest or appearance of conflict with respect to matters before the Environmental Management Commission’s Water Quality Committee. If any member knows of a conflict of interest or appearance of conflict, please so state at this time.

                                                                            Dr. Albert Rubin, Chair, Presiding

I. Preliminary Matters

1. Approval of  July 11, 2018 Water Quality Committee Meeting Summary

II. Agenda Items

1. Request to Proceed to the Environmental Management Commission with Proposed Revisions to Rules 15A NCAC 02H .0800 and .1100, the Fiscal Note for the 02H .0800 rules and the Regulatory Impact Analysis for the 02H .1100 rules – (Action Item) (Dana Satterwhite and Cindy Moore, Division of Water Resources)

The Division of Water Resources (DWR) Water Sciences Section is requesting to proceed to the Environmental Management Commission (EMC) with proposed amendments to laboratory certification rules in 15A NCAC 02H, Sections .0800 and .1100.  The rules along with other DWR water quality program rules underwent the S.L. 2013-413 (HB74) rule review during 2014 that resulted in the rules needing to be readopted through the state’s rulemaking process. During 2015, DWR hosted a set of stakeholder meetings, presented each rule draft to stakeholders, and incorporated stakeholder input into the rule drafts. Then, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) administration reviewed the rule drafts during 2016. An information session was provided to the Water Quality Committee (WQC) in March 2017, and to the stakeholders in April 2017. The WQC approved the draft of these rules in May 2017. Subsequently, the Rules Review Committee pre-reviewed the draft rules and changes were made based upon their recommendations. DWR staff will present the rules to the WQC and ask for approval to send them and their Regulatory Impact Analysis and Fiscal Note, if appropriate to the November 2018 EMC meeting to request approval to proceed to the public comment and hearing. (Attachments enclosed: 15A NCAC 02H .0800 Draft Rules, 15A NCAC 02H .1100 Draft Rules, Draft Fiscal Note for 02H. 0800, and Regulatory Impact Analysis for 02H .1100)

2. Request to Proceed to the EMC with the 2018 Annual Environmental Review Commission (ERC) Report on Basinwide Water Management Planning – (Action Item) (Nora Deamer, Division of Water Resources)

The Division of Water Resources (DWR) requests approval to proceed to the EMC with the Draft Environmental Management Commission and Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) 2018 Annual Basinwide Water Management Planning Report to the Environmental Review Commission (ERC). The report is required under GS 143-215.8B(d) and includes information related to developing and implementing basinwide water management plans. Additional information was included in the report at the request of the EMC to inform the ERC on additional environmental concerns as they relate to water quality. The report is due to the ERC by November 1 of each year. (Attachments enclosed: Draft 2018 Annual ERC Basinwide Management Planning Report and PowerPoint Presentation)

3. Algal Assessments on Lake Mattamuskeet – (Information Item) (Leigh Stevenson, Division of Water Resources)

Beginning in 2012, algal monitoring studies on Lake Mattamuskeet have revealed the presence of cyanobacterial blooms and detectable levels of two cyanotoxin compounds. In response to these findings and current indicators of increased algal production, the United States Fish Wildlife Service has proposed to post a cyanobacterial bloom advisory for Lake Mattamuskeet. Division of Water Resources staff will provide an overview of the history of harmful algal bloom (HAB) conditions in Lake Mattamuskeet and current coordination between state and federal agencies to address the associated ecological and human health concerns. (Attachment enclosed: PowerPoint Presentation)

4. Overview of the Stormwater Nitrogen and Phosphorus Accounting Tool - (Information Item) (Trish D’Arconte, Division of Water Resources)

The Stormwater Nitrogen and Phosphorus Accounting Tool (SNAP) is a spreadsheet calculator of nutrients leaving development sites in stormwater runoff.  This presentation will describe the history of stormwater calculators used for nutrient management in NC, how this tool was developed, how it works, and the many functions and improvements that have been added compared to previous tools. (Attachment enclosed: PowerPoint Presentation)

III. Closing Comments – WQC Chair