Saturday, November 27, 2010

Falls Lake Rules a disappointment

The Environmental Management Commission has just released its proposed rules for Falls Lake, the drinking water reservoir for most of Wake County. These rules are designed to reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus compounds that run off into the lake, causing algae growth in the lake. These rules will go into effect January 15, unless they are modified by the General Assembly in its session that starts in late January.

The first part of the rules, Stage I, will be implemented over 10 rather than the 7 years in the draft rules. Under the rules, local governments begin, in 2021 to control the pollution that placed the lake in an impaired (polluted) condition in 2006.

Let’s just hope that the legislature does not weaken the rules in their upcoming session.