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for Water Resources Research Institute News Vol. Issue 288, July/Aug 1994
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In May, State Superior Court Judge Dexter Brooks reversed a decision by the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission that would allow the Piedmont Triad Regional Water Authority to continue efforts to build a reservoir on the Deep River in Guilford and Randolph counties. The commission voted to appeal the judge’s decision and to issue a certificate granting eminent domain, authorizing water transfer to allow construction of a regional water supply called Randleman Dam.
In July, the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission denied a Request for a Declaratory Ruling on the validity and applicability of rules on minimum releases from dams. The request was brought by owners of small hydropower dams, who assert that they are being adversely affected by recommendations that standard minimum releases from their dams be increased.
The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission’s Water Quality Committee developed a proposal for a new supplemental stream classification. The proposal is considered as the first step in an approach to improve the status of impaired coastal waters. A conceptual model was developed in response to pollution problems in the South River which have led to closure of almost all the river to shellfishing.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has notified the North Carolina Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources that the agency is “very concerned” with the state of North Carolina’s Public Water Supply Supervision Program. The state was directed to perform a needs assessment to determine how to improve enforcement of Safe Drinking Water Act regulations by September 30.