Watershed Rules

Jordan Lake Rules

Jordan Lake with a tree and foliage in the foreground.

The Jordan Lake Rules were passed in December 2008 by the Environmental Management Commission and are now under review by the North Carolina General Assembly for possible revision. The rules establish requirements in the Jordan Lake watershed for, among other things, wastewater discharges, buffers, agricultural activities, and stormwater management in new and existing development. Approximately half of the City of Durham is in the Jordan watershed. 

Learn more about the Jordan Lake Rules and the way they protect our watershed.

Falls Lake Rules

Map of Falls Lake watershed. Opens in new window

The Falls Lake Rules are a nutrient management strategy designed to restore water quality in the lake by reducing the amount of pollution entering upstream. Restoration and protection of the lake is essential because it serves as a water supply for many communities, as well as a popular recreation area. The Falls Lake Nutrient Management Strategy was implemented in 2011 to reduce nutrient inputs to the lake from wastewater discharges, stormwater runoff from new and existing development, and agricultural sources. 

Learn more about the Falls Lake Rules and the way they protect our watershed. You can also check in with the Upper Neuse River Basin Association (UNRBA) for news about water quality protection and water resource planning and management.