Jack Tarpey: Lake rules not in effect yet

May 25, 2013 

Water-rule delays

Stephen T. Smith hit the nail on the head in his May 19 Point of View piece “No clean-water fairy.” Senate Bill 515 takes a step in the wrong direction in the effort to control nitrogen and phosphorus pollution.

The bill proposes to entirely repeal the Jordan Lake rules, suggesting that there should be even more study of the water quality. The legislature seems to want to shift away from controlling current and future pollution, favoring instead the treatment of existing pollution. This is not the right way to solve the problem.

The bill’s proponents argue that water-quality data since the rules’ passing in 2009 show no improvement in pollution. However, the rules have yet to take effect due to legislative battles in 2010 and 2012, delaying their implementation entirely.

It would be a shame to repeal the Jordan Lake rules before their effect can be measured.

Based on the legislative experience of the initial regulations, enacting new guidelineswould be a long, difficult process, and water quality can’t afford further delay.

Imagine the costs associated with going through the legislative process all over again while we sit and watch the lake’s condition worsen.

Jack Tarpey

Durham

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