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On January 18, 2017 the Upper Neuse River Basin Association (UNRBA) held its annual meeting and elected new officers. Sig Hutchinson, Chairman of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, was elected to serve as Chair of the UNRBA. Lindsay Mize, Execute Director of the South Granville Water and Sewer Authority, was reelected to serve as Vice Chair of the UNRBA. Jimmy Clayton, Commisioner on the Person County Board of Commissioners, was reelected to serve as Treasurer of the UNRBA.

The 2015 Annual Monitoring Report for Falls Lake is now available.  The report summarizes data from the lake and streams flowing into Falls Lake. The data reviewed includes lake sampling performed by the Division of Water Resources, data provided by the City of Durham, and the UNRBA's monitoring effort. The UNRBA's Monitoring Program began in August, 2014, and this annual report includes a review of all data collected since that time up to December, 2015.

The Upper Neuse River Basin Association (UNRBA) is solicting Request For Qualifications (RFQ) for water quality modeling, cost-benefit analysis, and regulatory support from a service provider to support the UNRBA with the reevaluation of Stage II of the Falls Lake Nutrient Management Strategy (see NCAC 15A 02B.0275 (5)) and technical support related to alternative regulatory approaches.

The City of Durham, N.C. is currently pilot testing an algal scrubber device that will grow algae over a period of time and removing nutrients from the source water. The pilot equipment is set up on Falls Lake, water from the lake is pumped into the unit, the algae in turn use the nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorous) to continously grow the algal mat. At a predetermined point the algal mat is harvested and removed from the system. You may view a video of the pilot unit at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0WsLRdnk3M .  

The UNRBA Board approve the submittal of these Comments to the Division of Water Resources as part of the Rules Review Process.

The 2015 Interim Monitoring Report is available for review. The report sumarizes the data collected through the routine monitoring of lake loading and jurisdictional loading sites from August, 2014 through June, 2015. To review the report please click on the link above or you may find the report located on the Monitoring program tab.

A panel of representatives from the UNRBA will be at the One Water Leadership Summit in Kansas City September 15-17, 2014. The presentation by the Panel will highlight the history and work of the UNRBA and its current focus on the Falls Lake Rules and the Stage II Re-examination effort. The information provided at the conference will also include a summary of the resources being committed and the Association’s Monitoring Program and Nutrient Credits Project.

The NCDENR Division of Water Resources approved the Upper Neuse River Basin Association's Monitoring Plan and Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP). Water sample collection and analysis began in August and will continue for four to five years. To review the Monitoring Plan or the QAPP click on the e-files below. 

The Upper Neuse River Basin Association (UNRBA) submitted its Monitoring Plan for Falls Lake Watershed. The UNRBA's monitoring objectives include: support for the update of the Lake response modeling effort; development of data for consideration of additional regulatory options; and monitoring and data collection related to jurisdictional loading. This plan will include the monitoring of Falls Lake for the next four to five years.

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