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1 <br /> Department of Environment, <br /> MEMORANDUM <br /> TO: Bonnie Hammersley, County Manager <br /> FROM: David Stancil, DEAPR Director <br /> Wesley Poole, Water Resources Coordinator <br /> DATE: September 19, 2022 <br /> RE: State Approval of Upper Neuse River Basin Association's Interim <br /> Alternative Implementation Approach (IATA) <br /> The purpose of this memorandum is to provide notice that the N.C. Environmental <br /> Management Commission (EMC) officially approved on September 8, 2022 the Upper <br /> Neuse River Basin Association's (UNRBA) Interim Alternative Implementation Approach <br /> program for compliance with the Existing Development nutrient management provisions <br /> of the Falls Lake Rules. This approach has been developed by the UNRBA and was <br /> approved for implementation last year. However, this action marks the State's official <br /> acceptance of this method of nutrient management for the Falls Lake watershed. <br /> Background <br /> As you may recall, most of central and northern Orange County is within the Upper <br /> Neuse and Falls Lake watershed, and therefore subject to the Falls Lake nutrient <br /> management rules adopted in 2011. However, the rules that were approved were later <br /> widely acknowledged to be unwieldy and/or likely to fail to achieve the desired <br /> reductions in nitrogen and phosphorus. <br /> To this end, Orange County and other local government and public water provider <br /> members of the UNRBA developed an alternative strategy to address nutrient <br /> reductions for the adopted Falls Lake Watershed Rules to meet the Stage 1 rule <br /> requirements, beginning in FY 2021-22. This strategy became known as the IAIA, and <br /> has each participating jurisdiction that is subject to the watershed rules agreeing to <br /> Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation <br /> PO Box 8181 <br /> Hillsborough, NC 27278 <br /> Phone: (919) 245-2510 <br /> Fax: (919) 644-3351 <br />