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Submit comments on proposed water quality rules - Triennial Review

As many of you may recall from last November's general meeting, this year NC regulators must conduct a Triennial Review of Water Quality Standards as required by the Federal Clean Water Act. North Carolina has not adopted revised water quality rules in the previous Triennial cycle. NC DENR has now proposed revisions to water quality rules as required by the Clean Water Act, and public comments are accepted through August 22.

North Carolina is also the only state in the Southeast so far not to adopt the nationally recommended criteria for concentrations of heavy metals in our water. Heavy metals can occur naturally, but when introduced in mass amounts due to unchecked industrial waste, it affects our health and our environment.

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) will conduct public hearings to consider proposed permanent amendments to various rules that establish the surface water quality standards for North Carolina. These proposed amendments comprise the State's Triennial Review of Surface Water Quality Standards, which is mandated by the federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act or CWA).

Public Comment Period:
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Submit Comments Electronically:

Mail Comments To:
DENR/Division of Water Resources/Water Planning Section,
1611 Mail Service Center,
Raleigh, NC[masked]

Public Hearing:
July 15, 2 p.m. - Ground Floor Hearing Room, Archdale Building, 512 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

July 16, 3 p.m. - Statesville Civic Center, 300 South Center Street, Statesville, NC

For more information, see

Water Quality Links and Lists:

This is where you can subscribe to the TMDL and Water Quality Assessment mailing list:

DENR’s Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs lists events, activities, and workshops for all ages in a searchable database here:  Or, they can be viewed in a searchable calendar format here:

The Stormwater Outreach and Education Listserv is frequently used to announce speaker events and workshops relevant to water quality. Here is a link to the subscription page:

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  • Bill G.

    Great announcement! Hope lots of folks will make comments.

    June 22, 2014

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