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for Water Resources Research Institute News Vol. Issue 249, Mar 1988
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North Carolina communities are acting to protect the streams and reservoirs they rely on for drinking water by requesting reclassification of their water supplies under the North Carolina Water Supply Protection Program. The new system has three water supply classes defined by the amount and types of permitted wastewater discharges and requirements for nonpoint source controls in the watershed. Various departments of State government are offering technical assistance, and land use and economic information.
The North Carolina Clean Water Loan and Grant Fund of 1987 was created by the General Assembly to provide low-interest loans and some grants to local governments for construction of wastewater and water supply projects. The Division of Environmental Management is accepting applications for a broad range of activities. Details about the program are provided in this article.
The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission voted in January to classify the lower Neuse River Basin as nutrient sensitive waters. This decision makes the reduction of phosphorus mandatory at the municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities. Specific nutrient management strategies have been developed for point and nonpoint source control of nutrients.
Governor Jim Martin has established a special Coastal Initiative Commission to gather information from citizens about ways to balance environmental protection with coastal development and economic opportunities. The initiative focuses on protection of water quality and fisheries habitats, preserving natural coastal features, and encouraging waterfront development.