local watershed planning initiative addresses the need for
action in the Upper New Hope arm of Jordan Lake, a local
watershed in the towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill in Orange
County, and in Durham, NC.
Map of Local Watershed
of the Waters
focus of this local watershed planning activity is on upper Morgan
Creek (30 square miles, potential habitat degradation), lower Morgan
Creek (19.9 square miles, 6.5 miles impaired stream), and Little
Creek (Booker and Bolin Creeks, with 24.6 square miles, 12.7 miles
of impaired stream).
creeks have problems or are threatened with habitat degradation,
sediment or fecal coliform. Manganese is also listed as a possible
cause of impairment in lower New Hope Creek and lower Morgan Creek.
Northeast Creek is listed as having low dissolved oxygen, as well.
runoff and effluent from wastewater treatment are possible sources
of degradation. In upper Morgan Creek, agriculture is also a possible
source of degradation. All of these creeks, with the exception
of upper Morgan Creek, were on the Section 303(d) list for year
2000 and are within a water supply watershed.