Orange County NC Website
1 <br /> ORANGE COUNTY <br /> BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS <br /> ACTION AGENDA ITEM ABSTRACT <br /> Meeting Date: November 5, 2020 <br /> Action Agenda <br /> Item No. 7-a <br /> SUBJECT: Interim Alternative Implementation Approach (IAIA) — Upper Neuse River Basin <br /> Association (Falls Lake Rules) <br /> DEPARTMENT: DEAPR, County Attorney, <br /> Planning and Inspections <br /> (Engineering) <br /> ATTACHMENT(S): <br /> 1 - Executive Summary of the IAIA, Core <br /> Principles and Timeline <br /> 2 - Falls Lake Watershed Map INFORMATION CONTACT: <br /> 3 - Orange County Watershed Maps Commissioner Sally Greene 245-2130 <br /> 4— Under Separate Cover Commissioner Jamezetta Bedford 2130 <br /> UNRBA Background Information is David Stancil, 245-2522 <br /> available online at: Craig Benedict 245-2592 <br /> Fast- James Bryan, 245-2319 <br /> Facts-Dec-2018 FINAL 190115 O.pdf Wesley Poole, 245-2513 <br /> Infogr Christopher Sandt, 245-2583 <br /> aphic-Dec-2018 FINAL 190115 O.pdf <br /> PURPOSE: To considerjoining the Upper Neuse River Basin Association's (UNRBA's) planned <br /> and coordinated multi-jurisdictional implementation approach to implementing Stage 1 of the <br /> Falls Lake Watershed Rules, promulgated by the N.C. Division of Water Resources. <br /> BACKGROUND: Orange County was a founding member of the UNRBA, which was created in <br /> the 1990's to coordinate mandatory watershed protection efforts among the jurisdictions of the <br /> Falls Lake watershed. Falls Lake (henceforth, "the Lake"), located in Durham and Wake <br /> counties, serves as the primary water supply source for Raleigh and many Wake County <br /> municipalities. Most of central, eastern and northeastern Orange County is located within the <br /> Falls Lake watershed (please see Attachments 2 and 3). <br /> As the Falls Lake Nutrient Management Strategy (henceforth, "the Rules") was adopted in 2011 <br /> to address nutrient loading in the Lake (primarily nitrogen and phosphorus), the UNRBA began <br /> to work as a coordinating entity among the jurisdictions to address this effort and to pursue a re- <br /> examination of the Rules. Implementation of the Rules, which would occur in two stages, has <br /> been estimated to cost the combined watershed jurisdictions over $1.5 billion in total to address. <br /> In addition, evaluation of the Rules by water quality consultants has determined that the <br /> proposed reductions as originally adopted are not technically feasible and that a new method is <br /> needed. (Prior estimates of Orange County's likely costs to address the Rules, if it acted on its <br /> own, have ranged as high as $46 million over a 10-year period.) <br />