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RIVER BASIN RESTORATION PRIORITY PLANS

EEP is currently in the process of revising its River Basin Restoration Priority (RBRP) methodology and products. Once completed, EEP will update its RBRP schedule.  If you have immediate questions, please contact the watershed planner assigned to the basin of interest.


 2009 Upper Yadkin RBRP     |     2009 Lower Yadkin RBRP     |     2003 Yadkin RBRP

Yadkin RBRP Overview

North Carolina’s portion of the Yadkin-Pee Dee River basin includes seven eight-digit watersheds and 230 14-digit watersheds, covering an area of 7,200 square miles. Many waters in the Yadkin-Pee Dee basin have been given a use-support rating of impaired by DWQ.
 
Impaired streams are those streams not meeting their associated water-quality standards in more than 10 percent of the samples taken within the assessment period. The basin contains several rare and endangered aquatic species such as mussels, as well as state-designated Significant Aquatic Habitats and historical sites such as gold mines and an ancient Native American mound site. 
 
By 2030, population for the portion of the basin located within North Carolina is expected to grow from the present approximately 2.7 million residents to more than 3.9 million residents, a roughly 47-percent increase, and most county populations in counties wholly or partial contained in the basin will grow significantly. County growth rates over this period range from slight decreases in Richmond and Anson counties to a staggering 184 percent increase in Union County. If development patterns follow the trends expected, urban land use may increase by over 350 percent in Union County by 2030.
 
Cabarrus, Davie, Iredell and Mecklenburg counties are projected to nearly double in population over the same period. Such an increase in developed land poses a significant threat to water quality and stream health because it will be accompanied by a similar increase in impervious surfaces. The housing, roads and other infrastructure needed to accommodate this growth will also put a strain on the environment and impact streams and wetlands.
 
In 2003, 54 hydrologic units were targeted in the Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin Watershed Restoration Plan. In the 2009 updates, an additional 37 HUs were newly identified as Targeted Local Watersheds, and two HUs had their TLW status removed. In total, 89 HUs are highlighted as TLWs by EEP in the 2009 RBRP.

 

Open RBRP/LWP Events CalendarYadkin River Basin Contacts
Upper Yadkin: 
Hal Bryson, (828) 450-9408, Hal.Bryson@ncdenr.gov

Lower Yadkin:  Anjie Ackerman, (919) 707-8312, Anjie.Ackerman@ncdenr.gov
 

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