NSW Strategies - Tar Pamlico

Nutrient Sensitive Water Management Strategy: Agricultural Nutrient Reduction Strategy

In the mid 1980's the Tar Pamlico River Basin saw an increase in fish kills, harmful algal blooms and stressed aquatic organisms. All of these pointed to excessive nutrient loading to the river basin. In 1989, the Environmental Management Commission (EMC) designated the entire Tar-Pamlico River Basin Nutrient Sensitive Waters (NSW), which required the basin to adopt a nutrient management strategy.

The Agriculture rules effective September 1, 2001 set a goal of 30% nitrogen loading reduction from the 1991 levels and a no net increase in phosphorus. These Rules also required each cooperator to register within one year of the effective date.

For agriculture, these rules provide flexibility at the local level for implementing site-specific practices rather than a one-size-fits-all requirement. Farmers achieve the reduction goal collectively, focusing on critical areas. The local plan provides more options to farmers, tailored to their specific needs.

Since reporting began in 2003, the Tar-Pamlico 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.

PDF DocumentCrop Year 2011 Annual Progress Report on the Tar-Pamlico Agricultural Rule

PDF DocumentCrop Year 2010 Annual Progress Report on the Tar-Pamlico Agricultural Rule

PDF DocumentCrop Year 2009 Annual Progress Report on the Tar-Pamlico Agricultural Rule

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

 

 

 

 

 

For more information contact:
Tom Jones, Neuse/Tar-Pamlico Basin Coordinator
919.715.6109
tom.jones@ncagr.gov

 

NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation, Pat Harris, Director
Mailing Address: 1614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1614
Physical Address: 512 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh North Carolina 27604
Phone: 919.733.2302; FAX: 919.715.3559