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In 2016, the NC General Assembly approved a special provision in the budget that directed UNC-Chapel Hill to “oversee a continuing study and analysis of nutrient management strategies and compilation of existing water quality data specifically in the context of Jordan Lake and Falls Lake.”

As part of this Jordan Lake Nutrient Management Study, the Environmental Resource Program (ERP) has worked to conduct engagement and outreach to communities and a range of stakeholders in the Jordan Lake watershed.

In 2017, ERP conducted focus groups in the Triad and Triangle, to gain insight into the knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of key interest groups throughout the watershed. Focus group discussions were held with leaders and staff from local governments in the Triangle and Triad regions, realtors/developers in the Triad region, and environmental nonprofits from central North Carolina. In addition, we conducted one in-depth interview with staff of the NC Farm Bureau Federation. The final report from this stakeholder engagement process can be found here. This report was submitted to the Jordan Lake Nutrient Management Study leadership, and was used in compiling the 2017 interim update to the General Assembly.

In 2018, ERP is continuing to work to provide outreach and engagement opportunities as part of the Jordan Lake Nutrient Management Study. On March 22, we will host a symposium where researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University will come together to discuss their work in understanding the water quality in the Jordan Lake watershed.

Additionally, we will be hosting 2-hour science seminars in both the Triad and Triangle designed to engage key stakeholder groups. Lastly, we will be partnering with local museums in the Jordan Lake Watershed to host “science café” talks.