15A NCAC 02B .0316       TAR‑PAMLICO RIVER BASIN

(a)  The Tar-Pamlico 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)          Raleigh Regional Office

                3800 Barrett Drive

                Raleigh, North Carolina

(B)          Washington Regional Office

                943 Washington Square Mall

                Washington, North Carolina

(C)          Division of Water Quality

                Central Office

                512 North Salisbury Street

                Raleigh, North Carolina.

(b)  Unnamed Streams.  All drainage canals not noted in the schedule are classified "C Sw," except the main drainage canals to Pamlico Sound and its bays which are classified "SC."

(c)  The Tar‑Pamlico River Basin Schedule of Classification and Water Quality Standards was amended effective:

(1)           March 1, 1977;

(2)           November 1, 1978;

(3)           June 8, 1980;

(4)           October 1, 1983;

(5)           June 1, 1984;

(6)           August 1, 1985;

(7)           February 1, 1986;

(8)           August 1, 1988;

(9)           January 1, 1990;

(10)         August 1, 1990;

(11)         August 3, 1992;

(12)         April 1, 1994;

(13)         January 1, 1996;

(14)         September 1, 1996;

(15)         October 7, 2003;

(16)         June 1, 2004;

(17)         November 1, 2007.

(d)  The Schedule of Classifications and Water Quality Standards for the Tar‑Pamlico River Basin was amended effective August 1, 1988 as follows:

(1)           Tar River (Index No. 28‑94) from a point 1.2 miles downstream of Broad Run to the upstream side of Tranters Creek from Class C to Class B.

(e)  The Schedule of Classifications and Water Quality Standards for the Tar‑Pamlico River Basin was amended effective January 1, 1990 by the reclassification of Pamlico River and Pamlico Sound [Index No. 29‑(27)] which includes all waters within a line beginning at Juniper Bay Point and running due south to Lat. 35° 18' 00", long. 76° 13' 20", thence due west to lat. 35° 18' 00", long 76° 20' 00", thence northwest to Shell Point and including Shell Bay, Swanquarter and Juniper Bays and their tributaries, but excluding the Blowout, Hydeland Canal, Juniper Canal and Quarter Canal were reclassified from Class SA and SC to SA ORW and SC ORW.

(f)  The Schedule of Classifications and Water Quality Standards for the Tar‑Pamlico River Basin was amended effective January 1, 1990 by adding the supplemental classification NSW (Nutrient Sensitive Waters) to all waters in the basin from source to a line across Pamlico River from Roos Point to Persimmon Tree Point.

(g)  The Schedule of Classifications and Water Quality Standards for the Tar-Pamlico 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 Tar-Pamlico River Basin was amended effective April 1, 1994 with the reclassification of Blounts Creek from Herring Run to Blounts Bay [Index No. 29-9-1-(3)] from Class SC NSW to Class SB NSW.

(i)  The Schedule of Classifications and Water Quality Standards for the Tar‑Pamlico River Basin was amended effective January 1, 1996 with the reclassification of Tranters Creek [Index Numbers 28‑103‑ (4.5), 28‑103‑ (13.5), 28‑103‑ (14.5) and 28‑103‑(16.5)] from a point 1.5 miles upstream of Turkey Swamp to the City of Washington's former auxiliary water supply intake, including tributaries, from Class WS‑IV Sw NSW and Class WS‑IV CA Sw NSW to Class C Sw NSW.

(j)  The Schedule of Classifications and Water Quality Standards for the Tar-Pamlico River Basin was amended effective September 1, 1996 with the addition of Huddles Cut (previously unnamed in the schedule) classified as SC NSW with an Index No. of 29-25.5.

(k)  The Schedule of Classifications and Water Quality Standards for the Tar-Pamlico River Basin was temporarily amended effective October 7, 2003 and permanently amended June 1, 2004 with the reclassification of a portion of Swift Creek [Index Number 28-78-(0.5)] and a portion of Sandy Creek [Index Number  28-78-1-(19)] from Nash County SR 1004 to Nash County SR 1003 from Class C NSW to Class C ORW NSW, and the waters that drain to these two creek  portions to include only the ORW management strategy as represented by "+".  The "+" symbol as used in this paragraph means that all undesignated waterbodies that drain to the portions of the two creeks referenced in this Paragraph shall comply with Paragraph (c) of Rule .0225 of this Subchapter in order to protect the designated waters as per Rule .0203 of this Subchapter and to protect outstanding resource values found in the designated waters as well as in the undesignated waters that drain to the designated waters.

(l)   The Schedule of Classifications and Water Quality Standards for the Tar-Pamlico River Basin was amended effective November 1, 2007 with the reclassifications listed below, and the North Carolina Division of Water Quality maintains a Geographic Information Systems data layer of these UWLs.

(1)           Goose Creek Tidal Freshwater Marsh along the confluence of  Goose Creek [Index No. 29-33] and the Pamlico River [Index No. 29-(27)], along Flatty Creek [Index No. 29-11-4] a length of the Pamlico River shoreline [Index No. 29-(27)] was reclassified to Class WL UWL as defined in 15A NCAC 02B .0101. 

(2)           Mallard Creek Tidal Freshwater Marsh along Mallard Creek [Index No. 29-13-(1)] 0.2 miles above its confluence with the Pamlico River to Class WL UWL as defined in 15A NCAC 02B .0101.

 

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

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2003 (see S.L. 2003-433, s.1); September 1, 1996; January 1, 1996; April 1, 1994; August 3, 1992; August 1, 1990;

Temporary Amendment Eff. October 7, 2003;

Amended Eff. November 1, 2007; June 1, 2004.