Jordan Lake Watershed

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Jordan Lake NCDENRMap of Watershed 

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area 

"B. Everett Jordan Dam and Lake (Jordan Lake) are under the stewardship of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Wilmington District. The Jordan Lake project, originally known as New Hope project is located in Chatham County, North Carolina, 2.4 miles northeast of Moncure and 25 miles southwest of Raleigh on the Haw River in the upper Cape Fear River Basin (Figure 1). Jordan Lake was authorized by Public Law 88-253, enacted by the 88th Congress on 30 December 1963. House Resolution 8667
authorized the project in accordance with the recommendations of the Chief of Engineers in House Document 508, Eighty-seventh Congress. The approved report recommended construction of an earthen dam with a multi-level Intake Tower in the interest of flood control, water supply, water-quality control, recreation, and other
purposes. While hydropower was considered as a potential project purpose in early studies, it was later dropped because of local dissention. Navigation was never considered as a project purpose. A contract to initiate construction was awarded on November 5, 1970 and after considerable litigation, construction was completed and Lake first reached normal pool level of elevation 216.0 feet mean sea level (msl) on February 4, 1982."
  --From Introduction, Army Corps of Engineers: ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT And FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT  Modification and Alteration of B. Everett Jordan Dam and Lake for Addition of Non-Federal Hydropower, October 2010

Jordan Lake supplies drinking water to approximately half a million people; provides habitat to one of the largest populations of bald eagles on the east coast; and offers recreational opportunities such as swimming, boating and fishing.  Yet Jordan Lake is not a healthy body of water and needed rules to improve its water quality and to protect human and animal life.  Learn more by clicking on the links below.


"The Jordan Rules" by John Manuel (Wildlife in North Carolina Magazine, August 2010)

Jordan Lake Rules (NC DENR)

B. Everett Jordan Dam and Lake Project
Pertinent Data: US Army Corps of Engineers    
Other Links
Stakeholders and Citizen Groups

Haw River Assembly

Clean Jordan Lake

US Army Corps of Engineers

Triangle J Council of Governments

Clean Water Education Partnership (Triangle J Council of Governments)

NC Nutrient Scientific Advisory Board (DENR-Division of Water Resources)



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