15A NCAC 02B .0305       WATAUGA RIVER BASIN

(a)  The Watauga River Basin Schedule of Classifications and Water Quality Standards may be inspected at the following places:

(1)           the Internet at http://h2o.enr.state.nc.us/csu/; and

(2)           the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources:

(A)          Asheville Regional Office

2090 US Highway 70

Swannanoa, North Carolina

(B)          Division of Water Quality

Central Office

512 North Salisbury Street

Raleigh, North Carolina.

(b)  Unnamed Streams. Such streams entering the State of Tennessee are classified "C."

(c)  The Watauga River Basin Schedule of Classifications and Water Quality Standards was amended effective:

(1)           August 12, 1979;

(2)           February 1, 1986;

(3)           October 1, 1987;

(4)           August 1, 1989;

(5)           August 1, 1990;

(6)           December 1, 1990;

(7)           April 1, 1992;

(8)           August 3, 1992;

(9)           February 1, 1993;

(10)         April 1, 1994;

(11)         August 1, 1998;

(12)         November 1, 2007.

(d)  The Schedule of Classifications and Water Quality Standards for the Watauga River Basin was amended effective July 1, 1989 as follows:

(1)           Dutch Creek (Index No. 8‑11) was reclassified from Class C‑trout to Class B‑trout.

(2)           Pond Creek (Index No. 8‑20‑2) from water supply intake (located just above Tamarack Road) to Beech Creek and all tributary waters were reclassified from Class WS‑III to C.

(e)  The Schedule of Classifications and Water Quality Standards for the Watauga River Basin was amended effective December 1, 1990 with the reclassification of the Watauga River from the US Highway 321 bridge to the North Carolina/Tennessee state line from Class C to Class B.

(f)  The Schedule of Classifications and Water Quality Standards for the Watauga River Basin was amended effective April 1, 1992 with the reclassification of Pond Creek from Classes WS‑III and C to Classes WS‑III Trout and C Trout.

(g)  The Schedule of Classifications and Water Quality Standards for the Watauga River Basin was amended effective August 3, 1992 with the reclassification of all water supply waters (waters with a primary classification of WS-I, WS-II or WS-III).  These waters were reclassified to WS-I, WS-II, WS-III, WS-IV or WS-V as defined in the revised water supply protection rules, (15A NCAC 2B .0100, .0200 and .0300) which became effective on August 3, 1992.  In some cases, streams with primary classifications other than WS were reclassified to a WS classification due to their proximity and linkage to water supply waters.  In other cases, waters were reclassified from a WS classification to an alternate appropriate primary classification after being identified as downstream of a water supply intake or identified as not being used for water supply purposes.

(h)  The Schedule of Classifications and Water Quality Standards for the Watauga River Basin has been amended effective February 1, 1993 with the reclassification of Boone Fork (Index No. 8-7) and all tributary waters from Classes C Tr HQW and C HQW to Classes C Tr ORW and C ORW.

(i)  The Schedule of Classifications and Water Quality Standards for the Watauga River Basin has been amended effective April 1, 1994 with the reclassification of the Elk River from Peavine Branch to the North Carolina/Tennessee state line [Index No. 8-22-(3)] from Class C Tr to Class B Tr.

(j)  The Schedule of Classifications and Water Quality Standards for the Watauga River Basin has been amended effective August 1, 1998 with the reclassification of East Fork Pond Creek from its source to the backwater of Santis Lake, [Index No. 8-20-2-1.5] from Class WS-II Tr to Class  WS-III Tr; the reclassification of West Fork Pond Creek (Santis Lake) [Index No. 8-20-2-1-(2)] from the backwaters of Santis Lake to Pond Creek from WS-II Tr CA to WS-III Tr CA; and the reclassification of the connecting stream of Lake Coffey [Index No. 8-20-2-2] from the dam at Lake Coffey to Pond Creek from WS-II Tr CA to C Tr.

(k)  The Schedule of Classifications and Water Quality Standards for the Watauga River Basin has been amended effective November 1, 2007 with the reclassification of the Beech Creek Bog near Beech Creek [Index No. 8-20] to Class WL UWL as defined in 15A NCAC 02B .0101.  The North Carolina Division of Water Quality maintains a Geographic Information Systems data layer of the UWL.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑214.1; 143‑215.1; 143‑215.3(a)(1);

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. November 1, 2007; August 1, 1998; April 1, 1994; February 1, 1993; August 3, 1992; April 1, 1992.