TAR-PAMLICO NUTRIENT STRATEGY RULES (Link to Rules)
The nonpoint source (NPS) strategy rules contained in the table below replaced the "voluntary" strategy adopted by the EMC in 1995. The voluntary plan called for nutrient sources to achieve 30% nitrogen reduction and no increase in phosphorus goal by the end of 2000. The voluntary plan, relied on existing programs to achieve the goal through better targeting, coordination, and increased efforts to obtain staff and cost share resources.
Annual status reports to the EMC on the progress of voluntary NPS Plan implementation began in May 1997. In 1998, after recieving it's second status report on the implementation of the voluntary plan, the EMC called for rulemaking to accelerate implementation of nutrient reducing BMPs in the basin.
Rulemaking began in 1998 with the involvement of stakeholder teams to provide input on the strategy’s agriculture, buffer, and development elements. All rules were adopted by the EMC. The agricultural rule, however, was adjusted by the general assembly in 2001 (see the Ag Rule page for details-Add link). The final rules called for full compliance to be achieved by 2006, five years after their adoption.
The completed nutrient strategy incorporated several cost effective options that include:
• A collective compliance approach for agriculture to meet its nutrient reductions.
• Offsite offsets for new development to meet stormwater treatment requirements.
• Use of ag BMPs as an option for an association of wastewater dischargers to meet loading caps.
The following table lists the rules adopted by the EMC and legislation for the Tar-Pamlico Basin to replace the voluntary plan. It includes links to the individual rule subjects.
** House Bill 570, signed into law by Governor Easley Aug. 10, 2001 as Session Law 2001-355, established this effective date.