Falls Lake has a deadline for its cleanup rules, and some other protections coming on line sooner, thanks in part to a legislative end run by Wake County Sen. Josh Stein.
In its next-to-last vote of the session, the state Senate approved an amended version of S 1020, into which Stein had incorporated language from another bill that remains in House-Senate conference until next year.
S 1020, which Stein sponsored, sets Jan. 15, 2011 as deadline for the Division of Water Quality to deliver a "nutrient management strategy" for approval by the state Environmental Management Commission. The deadline had been July 1 of this year.
Those rules will remain subject to approval by the state Rules Review Commission and possibly the General Assembly; however, the DWQ rules will take temporary effect and remain the law until they are formally approved and/or amended.
The bill also gives the EMC authority to deny any new "nutrient-loading" permits after July 1, 2010; adds protection for stream-buffer zones; and establishes erosion-control measures in the Falls watershed that take effect in January 2010.
Stein, on his way to some time off his legislative duty, said he was pleased.
S 1020's provisions for Falls Lake were included in H 1099, a bill that included several unrelated, and controversial, provisions regarding other parts of the state. With different versions of H 1099 passed by the Senate and House, legislative conferees were unable to reconcile their differences before the Senate recessed this afternoon.