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NSW Strategies - Neuse River Basin

Nutrient Sensitive Water Management Strategy: Agricultural Nutrient Reduction Strategy

Environmental conditions in the Neuse River are driven by complex interactions among rainfall, flows, temperatures, biological factors, and chemistry. Each year brings its own variations. However, the long history of problems with nutrient pollution and algal blooms provides solid evidence that control measures are necessary. On December 11, 1997, The Environmental Management Commission adopted rules to support the nutrient sensitive water management strategy for the Neuse River.

The Agriculture Rule set a 30% reduction from the nitrogen loading of the 1991-1995 baseline years. These rules provide flexibility at the local level for implementing site-specific practices. Farmers and achieve the reduction goal collectively, focusing on critical areas. They may sign on either with an advisory committee that develops a local strategy or implement the standard best management practice option of the rules.

Since reporting began in 2001, the Neuse River Basin has consistently met and exceeded reduction goal. The agricultural community has continued to install best management practices to improve water quality and reduce nutrient loading to North Carolina's waterways.

Annual Progress Reports on the Neuse Agricultural Rule

Crop Year 2021

Crop Year 2020

Crop Year 2019

Agencies involved in nitrogen reduction planning: Sources of technical and financial assistance:
Division of Soil and Water Conservation
NC Agriculture Cost Share Program
Local Soil & Water Conservation Districts
Section 319 NPS Grant Program
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
Clean Water Management Trust Fund
NC Cooperative Extension Service
USDA programs like Environmental Quality Incentives Program
NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Forestry Incentives Program
Division of Water Resources
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

For more information contact:
NPS Planning Coordinator

NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation, David B. Williams, Director
Mailing Address: 1614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1614
Physical Address: 216 West Jones Street, Raleigh North Carolina 27603
Phone: 919.707.3770

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