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New Stormwater Rules for New Development in the Falls and Jordan Basins


Effective July 2, 2012
On July 2, 2012, the Wake County Board of Commissioners approved a Unified Development Ordinance Amendment (OA-03-12) adopting State mandated stormwater rules for new development in the Falls Lake and Jordan Lake Basins. Both Falls Lake and Jordan Lake are considered polluted due to excessive nutrient inputs and stormwater runoff is one of the major sources of pollution. As a result, both lakes have been designated as Nutrient Sensitive Waters (NSW) by the State of North Carolina. The Falls Lake and Jordan Lake rules passed by the State require local governments to adopt new stormwater standards for new development.
Highlights of the rules include new export limits for nitrogen and phosphorus. These rules are in addition to Wake County’s existing stormwater rules and the State’s Neuse Rules. For additional information on the Falls and Jordan Lake New Development Rules including related Standards Checklists, a table comparing new nutrient standards and land disturbance threshold please visit the New Development in the Falls and Jordan Basins Website.

Changes to State Stormwater Construction Permit

 

Effective Aug. 3, 2011
 
All development projects in North Carolina that disturb an acre or greater of land require a local- or state-approved Erosion and Sedimentation Control (E&SC) plan. The project will be automatically covered by an NPDES Stormwater General Permit NCG010000 for construction-related activities, provided that the ground stabilization and basin design requirements in that permit are included in the E&SC Plan.
 
A copy of the permit can be found at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/wq/ws/su/construction
 
Also on that web page, DWQ has provided a summary entitled “Major Elements of DWQ Construction General Permit.” There are some significant changes in what is required at a construction site to comply with the NPDES Construction General Permit, including:
 
Ground stabilization in 7 days on perimeter areas and slopes greater than 3:1,
Ground stabilization in 14 days on other areas, and
Basin outlet structures withdraw water from the surface.
Note – There are additional requirements for projects in Falls Lake; contact Kathryn Hobby at 919-369-4190.
 

**NEW STORMWATER ORDINANCE FOR TOWNS OF ROLESVILLE, WENDELL, & ZEBULON **

The Towns of Rolesville, Wendell and Zebulon recently adopted a new common stormwater ordinance. Rolesville and Wendell have also adopted an Interlocal Agreement for Wake County to administer their stormwater program beginning in January 2010. See the provided link for additional information on new stormwater design requirements, submittal requirements and more!
 
 
 

**Important Changes to the Nutrient Offset Option Under Neuse and Jordan Nutrient Strategies

 
For developers seeking to use a third-party provider, one must be selected in accordance with rule 15A NCAC 0.2B .0240 and Session Laws 2009-337 and 2011-343. These statutes direct all nongovernment entities to first seek nutrient offsets through an approved private nutrient bank within the watershed or service area where the loading is taking place. In areas without available credit from approved private banks, and for state and federal governmental entities, seekers of nutrient offsets are eligible to participate in EEP’s Nutrient Offset Program. Information on the availability of private banks can be found at DWQ’s Surface Water Protection website.
 
 
 

EEP In-Lieu Fee Contact Information

 
All inquiries related to ILF requests, invoicing and payments should be directed to EEP’s ILF Program Coordinator Kelly Williams at 919-716-1921 or Kelly.Williams@ncdenr.gov. Permits may be faxed, mailed or sent by email.
 
 

**Watershed Managers**

Wake County's Sedimentation and Erosion Control Program is now managed on a watershed basis. There are seven watershed managers. The watershed manager will review the erosion control plan, inspect the sites and enforce the permit requirements. The watershed managers are listed on the Erosion Control web page and can be located through WAKE IMAPS.
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The current watershed managers are:
 
Glenn Johnson, Charles Phillips, Debbie Ryals, Betsy Pearce, Jennifer Mitchell, Kathryn Hobby and Shawn Springer
 
 
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