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Posted on: July 27, 2006

[ARCHIVED] City to Host Public Forum

CITY OF BURLINGTON
NOTICE OF PUBLIC FORUM


The City of Burlington will host a public forum to present information about environmental programs proposed as part of the Jordan Lake rules that will have consequences for all of our citizens and businesses. The meeting will be held on August 9, 2006, at 7:00 PM at the John Robert Kernodle
Senior Activities Center, 1535 South Mebane Street.

The proposed rules outlining nutrient management strategies for the Jordan Lake watershed will affect incorporated and unincorporated areas in our county. Affected sectors are expected to be existing developed areas, new residential development, new commercial development, agriculture, forestry, and open lands.

The wastewater treatment plants (point sources) will have new discharge limits for nitrogen and phosphorus. These limits are intended to reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus entering Jordan Lake. The limits will be expressed in pounds of nitrogen and phosphorus per year, and that will make it difficult to accommodate future growth and development in our area. In order to meet these new limits, the City’s wastewater treatment plants will have to be modified to add new processes.

The City of Burlington’s stormwater program will have to be modified to meet the proposed Jordan Lake non-point source requirements. Restrictions on the density of development, protection of stream buffers, reductions of nitrogen and phosphorus in stormwater runoff, and the control of the volume and velocity of runoff are all addressed in the proposed rules. The likely means of achieving nutrient reductions in stormwater will be to require (construct) best management practices (BMPs) such as stormwater ponds, wetlands, and filter strips.

This public meeting will present information about the requirements of the proposed Jordan Lake rules, the changes to the treatment facilities that will be required to meet the regulations, and the components of the stormwater program mandated to achieve nitrogen and phosphorus reductions in stormwater runoff.

The City of Burlington will provide reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids and services for any qualified disabled person interested in attending the meeting. To request the above, you may call Mr. Aaron Noble at (336) 222-5105 (Voice) or (336)229-3107 (TDD) no later than seven days prior to the date of the public hearing.

This notice shall serve as the legal requirements under G.S. 143-318.22, “Public notice of official meetings.”

All interested persons are invited to attend.

Jondeen D. Terry
City Clerk

Publication Date: July 25, 2006


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