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for Water Resources Research Institute News Vol. Issue 326, Nov/Dec 2000
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In October, the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission voted to adopt a recommended decision by an Administrative Law Judge who ruled that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources had erroneously interpreted the state’s turbidity rule in a manner that allows water quality standards to be violated so long as sediment control BMPs are being followed. The decision came in a case involving a golf-course developer in Jackson County, water quality certification and wetlands permit.
In cooperation with the Lumber River Council of Governments, the United States Geological Survey assessed the effects of groundwater withdrawals on water levels in the southern Coastal Plain area of the Black Creek aquifer. Between September 1992 and December 1998, groundwater levels were monitored in twenty-one wells screened in Black Creek aquifer throughout Bladen, Hoke, Robeson, and Scotland counties. Results showed that water levels have changed little in most of this area, but have declined in some areas due to pumping.
Economists in North Carolina have noted the lack of economic analyses in the Neuse River Basin. Valuation to assess economic costs and benefits of various proposed management options has largely been neglected, and may undermine the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program. Neuse stakeholders representing a range of interest groups will provide a surrogate for direct economic analyses.
A group appointed to develop a strategic plan for water and wastewater infrastructure in North Carolina must first resolve perceptions of regional bias in awarding of Clean Water Bond funds before it can address its original mission. The overall mission is to write a strategic plan for water and sewer and recommend how to come up with a dedicated fund for the plan. To get support across the state for a fund, the distribution of water and sewer funding must be perceived as fair.
The North Carolina Division of Water Resources has been documenting declining water levels in the Central Coastal Plain Cretaceous aged aquifers (Upper Cape Fear, Black Creek and Peedee) since the late 1960s and has been discussing the problems of declining aquifer levels with users since 1993. A request for approval of Central Coastal Plain Capacity Use Area rules was delayed until December to allow for fine-tuning and improvements to the rule.