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The UNRBA released on June 20, 2017 an RFQ for ongoing support of its Modeling and Regulatory Support effort (link).  This work is needed to support the Reexamination of the State’s Falls Lake Nutrient Management Strategy.  The effort will use available data to build modeling tools that will allow the UNRBA to evaluate the current Strategy and assess alternate approaches to water quality improvement in the reservoir.  Technical background information is

The UNRBA will hold a Special Board meeting on May 30, 2017. The meeting will be held via conference call. Click here for the meeting notice.

The Upper Neuse River Basin Association (UNRBA) Reissues its Monitoring Program Support Request for Qualifications (RFQ):  May 19, 2017

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.

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