The state Environmental Management Commission is expected to consider approval of plans for addressing water quality issues in eastern North Carolina river basins when it meets later this month.
The commission is expected to consider requests to approve the Neuse/Tar-Pamlico New Development Stormwater Model Program and the 2021 Chowan River Basin Water Resources Plan.
The Neuse and Tar-Pamlico program addresses post-construction stormwater control on new development. The Neuse and Tar-Pamlico Nutrient Management Strategies were updated and revised rules went into effect April 1, 2020. A requirement of the readopted stormwater rules was the development of a new model program to provide guidance to local governments.
The Chowan River Basin Water Resources Plan includes eight chapters and several appendices that explore water quality and water quantity issues in the basin. There is also an interactive map that provides a better view of monitoring locations, permitted facilities, and waterbodies in the basin.
- 9 a.m. Water Allocation Committee
- 11:15 a.m. Air Quality Committee
- 1 p.m. Water Quality Committee
- 3:30 p.m. Groundwater & Waste Management Committee
The Environmental Management Commission is responsible for adopting rules for the protection, preservation and enhancement of the state’s air, land and water resources. The commission oversees and adopts rules for several divisions of the Department of Environmental Quality, including the divisions of Air Quality; Energy, Mineral and Land Resources; Waste Management and Water Resources.