The Jordan Lake rules passed the state Senate this afternoon, clearing the last major hurdle before going into law.
Because of some technical changes, the rules must be re-approved by the state House, which voted 106-8 in favor last month.
The bill, "Restore Water Quality in Jordan Reservoir," sets out measures for cleaning up and better protecting the lake, which is deemed "impaired" under the federal Clean Water Act due to excess nitrogen and phosphorus.
It mandates stricter pollution-control measures for agriculture, highways and developers, and sets timetables and standards for improving controls on development already in place.
The bill was scheduled for a Senate vote last week, but delayed by state DOT concerns over how it would be affected. Those issues were resolved by Tuesday.
The rules have been in development since 2003.
“No one who drinks water from lake; no one who visits the lake for fishing, swimming, and canoeing—wanted any more delay on restoring it,” said Elizabeth Ouzts, director of the conservation group Environment North Carolina.