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Falls Lake Rules Stakeholder Process
A watershed and lake model were completed by DWQ staff in November 2008 and February 2009 respectively and presented to the TAC for their review. A stakeholder process conducted through a joint effort between the Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG) and DWQ began meeting in August 2008 to provide stakeholders an opportunity for input on development of a nutrient strategy for the lake. The stakeholder group has convened eight times over the past year. The group has gained an understanding of lake issues, modeling basics and results, and has begun to grapple with strategy design issues and options. Presentations and meeting summaries are posted to a Falls Lake stakeholder website hosted by TJCOG. An online discussion forum, known as a “wiki”, was also created to provide stakeholders an open forum to raise questions and exchange information between meetings.
Stakeholder Subcommittee Meetings
The stakeholder group broke into four smaller subcommittees that held a total of twelve meetings between Sept. 17 and Dec. 7th, 2009, to work on detailed nutrient reduction rule ideas by source type and provide input on the fiscal impacts of the strategy between. In late November and early December draft rules addressing new development stormwater, existing development, agriculture, and point sources were provided to stakeholders for their review and review with comment. DWQ plans to reconvene the full stakeholder group on Jan. 21, 2010, to review revised drafts of the rules before taking the package to the Environmental Management Commission for approval to go out to public comment in March 2010.
Public Hearing Documents
Public Hearing: Oral Comments