The Path to a Revised Nutrient Management Strategy

Since 2011, local governments in the Upper Neuse River Basin have made substantial investments to reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus that enter Falls Lake through its tributary rivers and streams. They’ve met or exceeded Stage I requirements, and the efforts have already paid off as water quality improvements in the lake.

The Stage II requirements present unnecessary challenges to future water quality improvements. Research by our technical consultants indicate that Stage II may only produce minor water quality improvements while costing the basin over one billion additional dollars to implement.

By leveraging new scientific understanding and working with stakeholders across the basin, the UNRBA is committed to leading the development of a more effective strategy for nutrient management before the Stage II rules take effect in 2024.

Here’s how the UNRBA plans to reexamine Stage II of the nutrient management strategy.