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North Carolina's chlorophyll a standard measures the concentration of algae in water. The water in Jordan Lake exceeds that standard, and the lake water is considered officially polluted. To improve the lake, the state has passed a set of rules to reduce the flow of nutrients into it. A similar set of rules will affect the Falls Lake watershed. Manuel discusses what it will cost to implement the rules and how the rules will affect life in the Piedmont.
In March the Environmental Management Commission ruled that municipalities and industrial operations which discharge treated wastewater into Falls and Jordan Lakes must reduce phosphorus levels by 1990. Falls and Jordan Lakes were declared nutrient-sensitive in 1983, and stringent regulations were imposed to control the growth of algae in the lakes. A lower phosphorus standard will make it more feasible to employ biological, rather than chemical, methods to remove phosphorus.