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for Water Resources Research Institute News Vol. Issue 267, Jan/Feb 1991
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In November, the Environmental Protection Agency promulgated final rules and regulations setting up the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permitting program. The scope of the program was expanded to include unincorporated urban areas with 100,000 or more population which have separate storm sewer systems. This change means that Cumberland County joins Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem on the list of North Carolina urban areas that must comply with stormwater control programs.
The Town of Cary, North Carolina has developed a groundwater system which can provide the town supplemental water on a cost-effective basis. Development of the system was based on site selection criteria by the United States Geological Survey, and supports the contention that wells in the Piedmont can yield much larger quantities of water than previously thought. According to a recent report, the groundwater system was needed because of anticipated increases in the cost of purchasing water and surcharges for additional water from the City of Raleigh.
Gaston County is a rapidly growing county in the southwestern Piedmont region of North Carolina, and concern for the quality of natural resources has steadily increased. The North Carolina State University Water Quality Group is assessing surface water, groundwater, and air quality of the county. Gaston County commissioners are using the assessment to evaluate the impacts of locating new industry and development in the area.
In December, the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission adopted minimum rules for classification and protection of surface water supplies, as mandated by the Water Supply Watershed Protection Act passed in 1989. The commission must next reclassify all water supply watersheds in the state, and develop ordinances for local governments.