Cooperative Efforts of Local, State and Federal Agencies to Improve Reservoir Water Quality: Falls of the Neuse Reservoir, North Carolina,
RESEARCH TRIANGLE INST RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK NC
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The Falls of the Neuse project typifies many Corps of Engineers multi-purpose reservoirs it requires good water quality in order to meet the projects intended uses. The Corps has little regulatory authority with which to assure this goal. Existing authorities are fragmented among State and local agencies. Existing data are insufficient to predict accurately the lakes trophic response to the nutrient reduction strategies and to answer public concerns about toxic materials. Overall needs include political and technical consensus, leadership, commitment, funding, and coordination to carry out the complex task of watershed protection. The Corps of Engineers can play an important role in this effort - through ongoing water quality monitoring and through its open and frank cooperation with State and local officials. Recent Federal requirements for front-end local cost sharing of Corps feasibility studies and water supply projects will require a high degree of cooperation between the Corps of Engineers and outside agencies. Many of the Corps new proposals may be judged on the basis of its past performance in projects such as the Falls Reservoir.