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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 exceeded and gone beyond the 30% 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

PDF DocumentCrop Year 2016

PDF DocumentCrop Year 2015

PDF DocumentCrop Year 2014

PDF DocumentCrop Year 2013

PDF DocumentCrop Year 2012

PDF Document Crop Year 2011

Agencies involved in nitrogen reduction planning:

Sources of technical and financial assistance:

  • Division of Soil and Water Conservation
  • Local Soil & Water Conservation Districts
  • USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • NC Cooperative Extension Service
  • NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
  • Division of Water Quality
  • NC Agriculture Cost Share Program
  • Section 319 NPS Grant Program
  • Clean Water Management Trust Fund
  • USDA programs like Environmental Quality Incentives Program
  • Forestry Incentives Program
  • Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program






For more information contact:
Joey Hester, NPS Planning Coordinator

NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation, Vernon Cox, 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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