Goal 4. Enhance and Protect Water Quality
- Reduce point source pollution from wastewater by:
- Increasing inspections of wastewater treatment facilities, collection infrastructure, and land disposal sites.
- Providing incentives for upgrading all types of wastewater treatment systems.
- Adopt or modify rules or statutes to prohibit ocean wastewater discharges.
- Prohibit new or expanded stormwater outfalls to coastal beaches and to coastal shellfishing waters (EMC surface water classifications SA and SB) except during times of emergency (as defined by the Division of Water Quality’s Stormwater Flooding Relief Discharge Policy) when public safety and health are threatened, and continue to phase-out existing outfalls by implementing alternative stormwater management strategies.
- Enhance coordination with, and financial/technical support for, local government actions to better manage stormwater and wastewater.
- Improve land-based strategies throughout the river basins to reduce non-point pollution and minimize cumulative losses to wetlands and streams through voluntary actions, assistance, and incentives, including:
- Improved methods to reduce sediment pollution from construction sites, agriculture, and forestry.
- Increased on-site infiltration of stormwater.
- Documentation and monitoring of small but cumulative impacts to wetlands and streams from approved, un-mitigated activities.
- Incentives for low impact development.
- Increased inspections of onsite wastewater treatment facilities.
- Increased water re-use and recycling.
- Improve land-based strategies throughout the river basins to reduce non-point pollution and minimize cumulative losses to wetlands and streams through rule making, including:
- Increased use of effective vegetated buffers.
- Reduction of impervious surfaces where
- feasible and reduction of the level of impervious surface allowable in the absence of engineered stormwater controls.
- Expansion of CAMA Areas of Environmental Concern (AECs) upstream and landward.
- Consideration of erosion rates as an additional factor in the siting of structures along estuarine and public trust shorelines.
- Develop and implement a comprehensive coastal marina and dock management plan and policy for the protection of shellfish harvest waters and fish habitat.
- Reduce non-point source pollution from large-scale animal operations by the following actions:
- Support early implementation of environmentally superior alternatives to the current lagoon and spray field systems as identified under the Smithfield Agreement and continue the moratorium on new/expanded swine operations until alternative waste treatment technology is implemented.
- Seek additional funding to phase-out large-scale animal operations in sensitive areas and relocate operations from sensitive areas.
- Use improved siting criteria to protect fish habitat.
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