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Jordan Lake is a valuable resource...
      More than a million people visit Jordan Lake to fish, swim, picnic, boat and camp each year. It is the main drinking water source for many Triangle residents, including Cary, Apex, Morrisville and northern Chatham County. The Jordan Lake region is considered one of the state’s most desirable places to live in.
But it's also a hardworking lake...
The Haw River/Jordan Lake watershed is home to over 800,000 people whose homes, roads farms and businesses create run-off pollution in every storm. The watershed includes Greensboro, Reidsville, Burlington, Chapel Hill, Apex, and Durham, and many smaller cities and towns. All or part of nine counties are in this watershed. More than 65 permitted wastewater treatment plants discharge into this Haw River and Jordan Lake - including large municipal plants.
The Preserve at Jordan Lake: Satilite Photo GoogleMaps
Too Much Nutrient Pollution...

       Jordan Lake has historically been rich in nutrients, not all of which are healthy to sustain plant and animal life...

       The upper ends of the lake, (fed by the New Hope stream) routinely violate state and federal standards for chlorophyll a, a pigment in algae which is a sign of too much nitrogen and phosphorus. While algae is a food source for fish, too much of it kills off aquatic life. The referred to data suggests that the entire lake is now polluted by excessive nitrogen and phosphorus.

      68% of the nitrogen and 84% of the phosphorus in the lake comes fromnonpoint sources, without a single point of origin, such as runoff from roads, rooftops, and farms. Conversely, point sources, identifiable and confined discharge points, account for 32% of the nitrogen and 16% of the phosphorus pollution.

Northeast Creek: Photo from Haw River Assembly

       Point sources on Jordan Lake include 65 permitted wastewater treatment plants that release more than 75 million gallons of waste per day into the watershed. The Jordan Lake Watershed encompasses such a large and diverse area; it has been separated into three distinct arms: the Upper New Hope Arm, Lower New Hope Arm, and Haw River Arm.

Find Out Wich Sreams in Jordan Lake Watershed Are Affected

Drought Compounds Pollution Problems...

      Dilution lessons the effect of pollution in water. The less water there is in Jordan Lake, the greater the impact of the nutrients. North Carolina is still experienceing a drought. Visit ncdrought.org to find out about the state of the drought as well as regulations for your area.

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Jordan Lake Watch -Problems facing the Watershed





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