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Sustainable Water Supplies WS - Jen Schmitz

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North Central Region One Water Action Forum

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Sustainable Water Supplies WS - Jen Schmitz

  1. 1. @tjcognc One Water in the Triangle Region of North Carolina Jen Schmitz Principal Planner – Water Resources Triangle J Council of Governments Presented to the One Water Action Forum December 12, 2018
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  3. 3. @tjcognc Jordan Lake and the Triangle  Originally dammed in the 1980’s as flood control for downstream/coastal communities  One of our many manmade, immediately impaired lakes   Became the primary drinking water source for the Triangle and beyond through water supply allocations, interconnections, and interbasin transfer
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  5. 5. @tjcognc Jordan Lake and the Triangle  Originally dammed in the 1980’s as flood control for downstream/coastal communities  One of our many manmade, immediately impaired lakes   Became the primary drinking water source for the Triangle and beyond through water supply allocations, interconnections, and interbasin transfer  The “Jordan Lake Rules” nutrient management strategy drafted in 2009; portions delayed (and delayed) until 2019  Over 100 people a DAY move to the Triangle; hundreds more to the greater region  Millions of people in a huge portion of the state rely on the long-term sustainable management of the Jordan Lake watershed!
  6. 6. @tjcognc • ~1,700 square miles • 10 counties • 27 municipalities • 11 water supply reservoirs
  7. 7. @tjcognc A watershed fraught with challenges… History of collaboration impediments:  The Jordan Lake Rules and other regulatory obstacles have distracted all from working together and created understandable silo-ing of efforts.  Contention has lead to inaction!  “Local governments are taking a cautionary approach in spending on nutrient management because of concerns related to nutrient reduction credit required under the rules and because of anticipated future needs” (UNC EFC, 2018)  Entities are currently “going it alone.” Need to form a collaborative group for an alternative management approach to the status quo.  Previous initiatives were missing tangible actions/goals, champions at various levels, feasible alternatives to regulation, and a central coordinating entity
  8. 8. @tjcognc • ~1,700 square miles • 10 counties • 27 municipalities • 11 water supply reservoirs
  9. 9. @tjcognc Jordan Lake One Water (Association) “The JLOW(A) is a brand new collaborative entity, established by TJCOG in 2017 and supported by a group of diverse stakeholders from Greensboro to Raleigh that facilitates cooperation to achieve holistic integrated water resource management (“One Water”) in the entire Jordan Lake watershed.”
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  12. 12. @tjcognc Integrated Water(shed) Management “There are holistic regional approaches to spending and raising revenue for watershed protection in other areas of the country that are not currently being utilized in the Jordan Lake watershed” (UNC EFC, 2018)
  13. 13. @tjcognc Jordan Lake Rules Readoption Opportunity
  14. 14. @tjcognc A Confluence of Opportunity  The JLOW participants will develop a One Water management framework that leverages their diverse capabilities and achieves desired stakeholder objectives and outcomes across the geographic spectrum  The JLOW One Water framework will be developed with diverse interest group representation and feedback processes  The JLOW One Water framework will be sufficiently broad in scope so as to realize triple bottom line benefits across a range of collaborative opportunities, one of which is improved nutrient management through an integrated watershed approach and revised policy (Rule) language  JLOW’s broad stakeholder involvement will help DWR implement its public participation process for the upcoming readoption/revision of the Jordan Lake Watershed nutrient management (the Rules).  All of this requires dedication, collaborative brainpower (Advisory Committee) and a Work Plan!
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  16. 16. @tjcognc Building Trust  Convene stakeholders quarterly to foster collaboration (unprecedented) and progress through Work Plan Tasks  Convene elected officials (champions) bi-monthly to discuss policy, ordinances, etc.  Provide a stage for research to be distributed to stakeholders and elected officials so results can influence state and local policy and projects to incorporate One Water approaches.  Complete a watershed-wide conservation assessment and model in order to prioritize efforts and identify the most valuable areas to protect and/or in which to implement a smart water strategy or technique.  Many other pursuits!
  17. 17. @tjcognc Questions? Jen Schmitz Principal Planner – Water Resources jschmitz@tjcog.org 919-558-9342

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