Watershed Assessments & Recommendations

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Morgan and Little CreekNorth Carolina Water Quality Assessment and Impaired Waters List-303(d) and 305(b) Reports 

The federal Clean Water Act Section 303(d), requires the NC Division of Water Resources (NCDWR) to publish a biennial list of impaired waterbodies in need of a management strategy or total maximum daily load (TMDL) for improvement. Section 305(b) of the Clean Water Act requires the state to publish a biennial Integrated Report that prioritizes and combines the 303(d) list with a comprehensive report of water quality conditions in the state.    

NC 303(d) List
Classification of Waterbodies and Water Quality Standards


Monitoring & Watershed Assessments       

2014 Orange County, NC State of the Environment Report

Cape Fear River Basinwide Assessment Report (1999)  NC Division of Water Quality. Chapel Hill is in the Jordan Lake subbasins, (subbasins 5 & 6 of the Cape Fear River Basin).

Chapel Hill Water Quality Investigation (Cape Fear River Basin 030306), Orange County  A Biological Unit Study, 1998.  Compared benthic macroinvertebrates collected in 1993 and 1998 at ten sites around Town.

Local Watershed Planning Initiative for Little and Morgan Creeks
This planning initiative undertaken by North Carolina's Ecosystem Enhancement Program for the identification and implementation of water quality improvement projects collected a large amount of information regarding geomorphology, land use/land cover, riparian condition, and habitat in the Morgan Creek and Little Creek watersheds.   Executive Summary

Bolin Creek Geomorphic Assessment
A study conducted by Earth Tech to find and assess areas of stream channel instability (erosion or sedimentation) of streams throughout the Bolin Creek watershed, and recommendations for corrective projects.

2012 Bolin Creek Watershed Restoration Plan

Triangle Area Water Supply Monitoring Project
The US Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with six local governments and TJCOG monitors water supply reservoirs and streams throughout the area to create a long-term database of water quality information.

Triangle J Council of Governments Water Resources
Triangle J Council of Governments has a variety of water resources projects, documents, and information on water supplies in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is involved in their Jordan Lake Stakeholder Project to develop a nutrient management strategy for this drinking water source and reservoir for flood control, recreation and wildlife conservation.

Watershed Assessment Model for North Carolina

Pate, Travis.  Building a Watershed Database with Population, Land Cover, and Impervious Cover Information, UNC Masters Project 2009.  This project guides state and local planners to evaluate existing watershed conditions in order to implement appropriate development strategies and to evaluate existing strategies for their effectiveness.

Other Resources

Select individual watershed webpages (on left menu) for specific studies.

Water Quality Monitoring

Classification of Waterbodies and Water Quality Standards


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