Rules Implementation Information
The Jordan Rules went into effect on Aug. 11, 2009. Since that date, there have been many milestone steps towards rule implementation. More information on those milestones, as well as links to guidance documents, model ordinances and forms, is provided below.
Nutrient Loading Accounting Tool
The Jordan Rules also required the division to develop a Nutrient Loading Accounting Tool to estimate nutrient loading from new development and loading changes due to BMP implementation. The Division of Water Resources contracted with N.C. State University's Stormwater Team to develop this tool. Two versions are available below.
*Note (May 10, 2013): The tools found below are Version 2.0. Several errors were identified in the original tool such that under certain limited development scenarios, it produced erroneous results. Those errors were corrected and none of the tool's other functions have been changed. To help track versions, all sheets in the tool include a label at the top noting "Ver2.0". Please begin using Version 2.0 from this point forward.
May 13, 2014 Memo to Developers and Local Governments: This memo discusses how local givernments may voluntarily choose to allow volume matching, as shown by the Storm-EZ tool, to meet the new development stormwater nutrient requirements.
July 18, 2012 Memo to Developers & Local Governments This memorandum identifies an issue in the design of the approved Jordan/Falls Stormwater Load Accounting Tool and offers guidance on how developers and local governments should enter the square-footage of riparian buffers, wetlands and open water into the tool. The division asks local governments to share this memorandum with developers in their jurisdictions.
New Development Model Program
The Jordan Rules required the division to create a New Development Model Program for use by local governments. The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) approved the model program on March 10, 2011. Local governments were required to develop and submit their programs by Sept. 10, 2011.
Local governments in the Jordan watershed submitted New Development programs that were approved by the EMC on May 10, 2012. Click here to review those local programs.
Stage One Adaptive Management Program Annual Reports
Local governments are required to submit Stage One Adaptive Management Program Annual Reports to the Division of Water Quality. Below are links to the guidance provided to local governments to assist in preparing those reports.
Stage Two Adaptive Management Program
Based on ongoing monitoring of the three arms of the lake, local governments may be required to develop Stage Two Programs designed to reduce nutrients from existing developed lands in 2017 or 2020. To assist in the development of these Programs, the Division of Water Resources developed a draft model program that will continued to be developed.
In accordance with the rules, governments in the watershed developed local buffer programs and submitted them for approval by the Environmental Management Commission in September 2010, with local implementation beginning two months later. To assist in the development of these programs, the Division of Water Resources provided a model ordinance for use by the local governments.
The Jordan Fertilizer Management Rule (.0272) requires fertilizer applicators in the Jordan Watershed to take a fertilizer management training class or apply via an approved fertilizer management plan. Click here for details.