Jordan Lake

Jordan Lake was impounded in 1983 by damming the Haw River near its confluence with the Deep River. It was created to provide flood control, water supply, protection of water quality downstream, fish and wildlife conservation, and recreation.

The lake has had water quality issues from the beginning, with the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission declaring it as nutrient-sensitive waters (NSW) the same year it was impounded. Since that time, Jordan Lake has consistently rated as eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic, with excessive levels of nutrients present. The Jordan Lake Rules are designed to protect and improve water quality in the lake. The rules were developed over several years through a process that involved extensive meetings, public hearings and negotiations between residents, environmental groups, local and state government agencies and other stakeholders in the watershed. Specific issues addressed by the rules include reducing pollution from wastewater discharges, stormwater runoff from new and existing development, agriculture and fertilizer application.

The Jordan Lake Rules are a nutrient management strategy designed to restore water quality in the lake by reducing the amount of pollution entering upstream. Restoration and protection of the lake is essential because it serves as a water supply for several thriving communities, as well as a prime recreation area for more than a million visitors each year. The lake and surrounding forests also provide critical habitat for many plant and animal species.

Additional background information is available at this link 
Planned projects to address the Existing Development provisions of the Jordan Lake Rules have been incorporated in Carrboro's Capital Improvements Program, which will be updated annually.

Carrboro's implementation of Jordan Lake Rules stormwater provisions for new development can be found in Article XVI (Section 15-263) of the Land Use Ordinance

Carrboro's implementation of Jordan Lake Rules buffer provisions can be found in Article XVI (Section 15-269) of the Land Use Ordinance.

Carrboro's implementation of Jordan Lake Rules fertilizer management requirements can be found in the Town Code Section 5-20.1

Contact Us

  1. Randy Dodd
    Stormwater Utility Manager
    100 Public Works Drive
    Carrboro, NC 27510
    (919) 918-7341

    Heather Holley
    Stormwater Specialist
    100 Public Works Drive
    Carrboro, NC 27510
    (919) 918-7426