Robeson Creek Watershed
Robeson Creek Watershed Restoration Project Summary
Robeson Creek watershed is located at the southern end of the Jordan Lake watershed. The watershed boundaries are only somewhat larger than the Town of Pittsboro, so that there is primarily one local government in this watershed. Monitoring showed that the most downstream portion of Robeson Creek or the Robeson Creek arm of Jordan Lake was impaired for chlorophyll-a in 2001-02. In addition, later monitoring indicated that several segments of Robeson Creek upstream of the Jordan Lake arm were also not supporting their uses for biological integrity. In 2003 and 2004, a TMDL and TMDL implementation plan were developed to address the chl-a impairment. The management measures designed and implemented in this watershed are designed to removed nutrients, but this along with their modifying flow can have a positive impact on the biological community. Thus, there have been ongoing activities to restore water quality in the watershed prior to the watershed being selected as one in which to focus in spring of 2006. The concentrated effort has contributed to additional funding in the watershed as well as a coordinated enforcement effort (conducted by the DWQ – Raleigh Regional Office). Physical, chemical and biological monitoring have started to show improvement in the watershed. Specifically, nutrient reductions have been shown at several monitoring stations in the watershed. There has also been minimal biological community improvement at some watershed stations. Dedicated champions and partners are working together for the betterment of the watershed and additional information can be found at the NCSU Robeson Creek Restoration Website.