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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.

The UNRBA contracted with Cardno ENTRIX for the design of a monitoring program to support a re-examination of the Stage II requirements of the Falls Lake Rules and nutrient strategy. The contract calls for the development of several technical memoranda (TMs) to support this process. After review of and approval by the Path Forward Committee, two TMs have been released: Model Sensitivity TM and Flow Estimation TM.

The Path Forward Committee met on February 17, 2014 to receive an update on the Monitoring Development Project for Falls Lake.

The presentation by Cardno-ENTRIX is included here.

The next scheduled UNRBA Board Meeting is set for March 19, 2014 at the Town of Butner’s Town Hall. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. The meeting schedule for 2014 is located on the site here.

In January 2012, the UNRBA contracted Cardno ENTRIX to conduct the technical and regulatory review of the Falls Lake Nutrient Management Strategy. During the 18 month effort, four project tasks were completed to provide the UNRBA with the information needed to make informed decisions regarding the next steps to implementation of the re-examination and to develop jurisdictional loads for regulatory and program implementation purposes. Please visit the report page for details.

Over the last 14 months the UNRBA has been working with Cardno ENTRIX to develop a preliminary evaluation of the Falls Lake Stage II Reexamination process.  This effort involves some specific tasks.  Two of the tasks included in the Cardno contract are directly related to the Association’s efforts to perform monitoring to support the reexamination.  The Task 2 final Technical Memorandum (review of existing data) and a FINAL DRAFT of the Task 4 Technical Memorandum (recommendations for future monitoring and modeling) have been posted to this site following this news article.

The UNRBA issued an RFQ March 15 for seeking qualified individuals and firms to provide the “general contractor” services to help the Association develop the data and information necessary to provide a basis for the reevaluation of Stage II of the Falls Lake Rules.

The UNRBA Board is scheduled to meet Wednesday October 17, 2012 at the Butner Town Hall.  Among several agenda items is a review and discussion of the future monitoring needs for Falls Lake and its watershed.  The UNRBA is planning to develop a program for reealuation of the Stage II provisions of the Falls Lake Rules.  Future monitoring is an essential component of this effort.

At the upcoming August 22, 2012 Board Meeting to be held in Butner, NC, the UNRBA Board will be provided a summary presentation on the Task 2 work Cardno ENTRIX has been doing for the Association. 

In accordance with the approved and signed contract between the UNRBA and Cardno ENTRIX, the Executive Director has scheduled the kick-off meeting that is required under the approved Path Forward scope of work (Task 6 of the contract documents) for January 30th at 1:30 PM in the Butner Town Hall Mulit-Purpose room.

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