(a)  All of the waters of the state within the coastal area have a potential for uses which require optimal water quality.  Therefore, at every possible opportunity, existing development adjacent to these waters shall be upgraded to reduce discharge of pollutants.

(b)  Basinwide management to control sources of pollution both within and outside of the coastal area which will impact waters flowing into the rivers and sounds of the coastal area is necessary to preserve the quality of coastal waters.

(c)  The adoption of methods to control development so as to eliminate harmful runoff which may impact the sounds and rivers of the coastal area and the adoption of best management practices to control runoff from undeveloped lands is necessary to prevent the deterioration of coastal waters.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 113A‑102(b); 113A‑107; 113A‑124; 16 U.S.C. s. 1453(12);

Eff. November 1, 1985;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1988.