North Carolina Nutrient Criteria Development Plan
The Environmental Management Commission and the Division of Water (DWQ) are in the process of taking the information gathered from the Nutrient Forum and other sources to develop a plan that lays out the steps to be taken to develop additional criteria for the control of nutrient over-enrichment.
Comments were received from 20 individuals and organizations. All comments are available for download HERE.
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The NC NCDP will be a series of prioritized projects (or studies), each of which will be targeted at development of nutrient criteria and will include questions to be answered, methods to be used, timelines and milestones to be met. Nutrient criteria, for these purposes, encompass more than just the causal variables: nitrogen and phosphorus. For the NC NCDP, response variables such as algae, chlorophyll a, dissolved oxygen, and total organic carbon will be included.
A work group of DWQ staff from Standards, Permitting, Monitoring, and the Raleigh Regional Office are using the directives from the Nutrient Forum panelists to assist in identifying possible projects that would lead to adoption of additional nutrient criteria.
The projects will be shaped by the Nutrient Forum, public input, and activities going on around the nation. The plan will:
North Carolina’s first Nutrient Criteria Implementation Plan was agreed upon with EPA in 2004 and can be found by going to the following link HERE and scrolling down to “ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION FOR NC’s NUTRIENT CRITERIA IMPLEMENTATION PLAN" This page also includes additional information regarding EPA’s Ecoregional Nutrient Criteria and correspondence with the division.
NC Nutrient Forum Information
The North Carolina Forum On Nutrient Over-Enrichment was held May 29 - 30, 2012. Like other states, North Carolina has experienced the effects of nutrient pollution in our surface waters–particularly in our lakes and estuaries–and we are searching for new approaches to address the challenge. In order to better inform the wise development of regulations or other policy responses to this challenge, the NC Division of Water Quality and the Environmental Management Commission hosted this forum to provide state and local leaders, managers, and planners with a well-balanced review of the science, regulatory issues, economic considerations, and other policy issues related to nutrient over-enrichment and options for avoiding impairment to our surface waters. For more information click here.