Nutrient Criteria Development
APNEP is leading an effort to review the nutrient criteria that protect our estuaries under the Clean Water Act. While nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus are necessary to sustain life in the sounds, too many nutrients can lead to undesirable effects like algae blooms, fish kills, and degraded aquatic habitats that in-turn adversely affect local economies.
This review will be conducted by an interdisciplinary working group in close partnership with the N.C. Division of Water Resources, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and other partners as part of the North Carolina Nutrient Criteria Development Plan. The initial focus will be on Albemarle Sound, where lessons learned will be applied to all of North Carolina’s estuarine waters. If justified by the review, amendments to North Carolina’s nutrient criteria will be proposed for consideration by the Environmental Management Commission.
CCMP Actions: C1.1, C1.2