15A NCAC 02B .0257†††††† TAR-PAMLICO RIVER BASIN - NUTRIENT SENSITIVE WATERS MANAGEMENT STRATEGY: NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT

(a)† PURPOSE.† The purposes of this Rule are as follows, and are to be achieved within five years from the effective date of this Rule.

(1)†††††††††† To contribute to a 30 percent reduction in nitrogen loading to the Pamlico estuary from nutrient application (both inorganic fertilizer and organic nutrients) in the Tar-Pamlico basin, based on 1991 levels.

(2)†††††††††† To contribute to a capping of phosphorus loading to the estuary at 1991 levels from nutrient application (both inorganic fertilizer and organic nutrients) in the basin.

(b)† DEFINITIONS.† The following definitions shall apply to terms used in this Rule.

(1)†††††††††† Applicator means a person who applies fertilizer to the land or the immediate supervisor of such person.

(2)†††††††††† Consultant means a person who is hired to provide professional advice to another person.

(c)† APPLICABILITY.† This Rule shall apply as follows.†

(1)†††††††††† This Rule shall apply to the following persons:

(A)††††††††† Persons who own or manage cropland areas in the Tar-Pamlico River Basin for commercial purposes who have not developed a nutrient management plan for their property pursuant to 15A NCAC 02B .0256.

(B)††††††††† Persons who own or manage commercial ornamental and floriculture areas and greenhouse production areas in the Tar-Pamlico River Basin.

(C)††††††††† Persons who own or manage golf courses, grassed public recreational lands, grassed road or utility rights-of-way, or other turfgrass areas in the Tar-Pamlico River Basin.

(D)††††††††† Persons who own or manage lawn and garden areas in residential, commercial, or industrial developments in the Tar-Pamlico River Basin except for residential landowners who apply fertilizer to their own property.

(2)†††††††††† This Rule, particularly Subparagraphs (d)(1) and (d)(2) of this Rule, shall apply to applicators hired by the persons listed in Subparagraph (c)(1) of this Rule to apply fertilizer to lands in the Tar-Pamlico River Basin.†

(3)†††††††††† This Rule, particularly Subparagraph (d)(1) of this Rule, shall apply to applicators hired by residential landowners in the Tar-Pamlico basin.

(4)†††††††††† This Rule, particularly Subparagraph (d)(1) of this Rule, shall apply to nutrient management consultants hired by persons listed in this Paragraph to provide nutrient management advice for lands in the Tar-Pamlico River Basin.

(d)† REQUIREMENTS.† Subject persons shall meet the following requirements:

(1)†††††††††† Persons responsible for applying nutrients to their own land or land that they manage in the Tar-Pamlico basin, applicators hired by residential landowners in the Tar-Pamlico basin, and consultants who prepare nutrient management plans for persons who own or manage land in the Tar-Pamlico basin shall either:

(A)††††††††† Attend and complete nutrient management training pursuant to Paragraph (e) of this Rule; or

(B)††††††††† Complete a nutrient management plan for all lands to which they apply or manage the application of nutrients, or for which they provide nutrient management advice, pursuant to Paragraph (f) of this Rule.

(2)†††††††††† Persons who hire an applicator to apply nutrients to the land that they own or manage shall either:

(A)††††††††† Ensure that the applicator they hire has attended and completed nutrient management training pursuant to Paragraph (e) of this Rule; or

(B)††††††††† Ensure that the applicator they hire has completed a nutrient management plan for the land that they own or manage pursuant to Paragraph (f) of this Rule; or

(C)††††††††† Complete a nutrient management plan for the land that they own or manage pursuant to Paragraph (f) of this Rule and ensure that the applicator they hire follows this plan.

(e)† NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT TRAINING.† Persons who choose to meet this Rule's requirements by completing nutrient management training shall meet the following requirements.

(1)†††††††††† Persons subject to this Rule as of its effective date shall sign up with the Cooperative Extension Service or the Division within one year of the effective date to take the nutrient management training. Such persons shall obtain a certificate from Extension or the Division within five years from the effective date of this Rule verifying completion of training that addresses, at minimum, proper management of nitrogen and phosphorus.

(2)†††††††††† Persons who become subject to this Rule after its effective date shall obtain a certificate from Extension or the Division within one year from the date that they become subject verifying completion of training that addresses, at minimum, proper management of nitrogen and phosphorus.

(3)†††††††††† Persons who fail to sign up or to obtain the nutrient management certificate within the required timeframes or who are found by the Director to have knowingly failed to follow nutrient management requirements as referenced in Subparagraphs (f)(1)(A) Ė (f)(1)(C) of this Rule shall be required to develop and properly implement nutrient management plans pursuant to Paragraph (f) of this Rule.

(4)†††††††††† Training certificates must be kept on-site or be produced within 24 hours of a request by the Division.

(f)† NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT PLANS.† Persons who choose to meet this Ruleís requirements by completing a nutrient management plan shall meet the following requirements.

(1)†††††††††† Persons who are subject to this Rule as of its effective date and persons who become subject to this Rule after its effective date shall develop a nutrient management plan that meets the following standards within five years of the effective date or within 6 months from the date that they become subject, whichever is later.

(A)††††††††† Nutrient management plans for cropland shall meet the standards and specifications adopted by the NC Soil and Water Conservation Commission, including those found in 15A NCAC 06E .0104 and 15A NCAC 06F .0104, which are incorporated herein by reference, including any subsequent amendments and additions to such rules that are in place at the time that plans are approved by a technical specialist as required under Subparagraph (f)(2) of this Rule.

(B)††††††††† Nutrient management plans for turfgrass shall follow the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service guidelines in "Water Quality and Professional Lawn Care" (NCCES publication number WQMM-155), "Water Quality and Home Lawn Care" (NCCES publication number WQMM-151), or guidelines distributed by land-grant universities. Copies may be obtained from the Division of Water Quality, 512 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27626 at no cost.†

(C)††††††††† Nutrient management plans for nursery crops and greenhouse production shall follow the Southern Nurserymenís Association guidelines promulgated in "Best Management Practices Guide For Producing Container-Grown Plants" or guidelines distributed by land-grant universities.† Copies may be obtained from the Southern Nurserymenís Association, 1000 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite E-130, Marietta, GA 30068-2100 at a cost of thirty-five dollars ($35.00).† The materials related to nutrient management plans for turfgrass, nursery crops and greenhouse production are hereby incorporated by reference including any subsequent amendments and editions and are available for inspection at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Library, 512 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh, North Carolina.

(2)†††††††††† The person who writes the nutrient management plan shall have the plan approved in writing by a technical specialist.† Appropriate technical specialists shall be as follows.

(A)††††††††† Nutrient management plans for cropland using either inorganic fertilizer or organic nutrients shall be approved by a technical specialist designated pursuant to the process and criteria specified in Rules adopted by the Soil and Water Conservation Commission for nutrient management planning, including 15A NCAC 06F .0105, excepting Subparagraph (a)(2) of that Rule.

(B)††††††††† Nutrient management plans for turfgrass and nursery crops and greenhouse production shall be approved by a technical specialist designated by the Soil and Water Conservation Commission pursuant to the process and criteria specified in 15A NCAC 06F .0105, excepting Subparagraph (a)(2) of that Rule.† If the Soil and Water Conservation Commission does not designate such specialists, then the Environmental Management Commission shall do so using the same process and criteria.

(3)†††††††††† Nutrient management plans and supporting documents must be kept on-site or be produced within 24 hours of a request by the Division.

(4)†††††††††† The Division shall develop model nutrient management plans in consultation with the Cooperative Extension Service.† The model plans shall address both nitrogen and phosphorus, and shall address the source of nutrients, the amount of nutrient applied, the placement of nutrients, and the timing of nutrient applications.†

(g)† COMPLIANCE.† Persons who fail to comply with this Rule are subject to enforcement measures authorized in G.S. 143-215.6A (civil penalties), G.S. 143-215.6B (criminal penalties), and G.S. 143-215.6C (injunctive relief).

(h)† BASINWIDE EDUCATION.† The Division shall be responsible for developing and implementing an education program that informs homeowners in the basin on proper residential nutrient management.† The program shall be designed to reach as much of the residential population of the basin as practical on an ongoing basis.† At a minimum, it shall emphasize fundamental nutrient management principles as well as measures for reducing stormwater runoff from residential properties.† The Division shall begin implementation of the program within three years of the effective date of this Rule.

 

History Note:††††††† Authority G. S. 143-214.1; 143-214.7; 143-215.3(a)(1); 143-215.6A; 143-215.6B; 143-215.6C; 143B-282(d);

Eff. April 1, 2001.