The City of Durham and environmental interests have come to a meeting of the minds on the contentious Jordan Lake rules, according to Environment North Carolina Elizabeth Ouzts.
"We feel pretty good," she said.
Ouzts (right) said Friday afternoon that the two sides have agreed on a compromise version of the "Restore Water Quality in Jordan Reservoir" bill due for hearing in the state House Judiciary I committee on Monday.
City Councilman Mike Woodard said Thursday that the two sides had been "working a deal late into the evening" Wednesday, but final language had not been decided at that point.
"Apparently everybody was eager to put something together," he said.
The compromise advances the timeline for implementing some measures to reduce pollution going into the lake from already developed property
"It's not ideal, but we can live with it," Ouzts said.
The compromise also maintains a high reduction requirement for the lake's Upper New Hope arm, its most polluted section; and removes restrictions on the state Environmental Management Commission's authority regarding the lake cleanup.
On Tuesday, the House environment committee had voted to advance the bill "without prejudice" to the judiciary committee. The bill it advanced was itself a revised version of a committee substitute for a bill called "Disapprove Jordan Rules."
The Jordan Lake Rules is a set of 12 proposed regulations meant to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus going into the reservoir, which supplies drinking water for about 450,000 residents of Wake and Chatham counties.
Durham had opposed the "existing development rule," which would have required installing new stormwater controls at taxpayers' expense. The city estimated the cost at around $570 million over several decades.