We are fortunate to live and work in this region of vibrant growth and opportunity. Our cities and towns are dynamic and continuously developing, and all of you are constantly working to make them the best communities they be. However, as both rural and urban communities evolve, livability and prosperity are threatened without the integration of water in planning and design. Water management leaders will need to move toward increasingly concerted, integrated, and innovative approaches to tackle issues associated with growing populations. The Jordan Lake watershed is a massive regional resource utilized by 10 counties, 27 municipalities, and nearly 700,000 water customers (see Figure below), and is continuing to be more populous every day. As challenges with water quality and water supply increase with growing populations, the need for water resources dialogue that crosses jurisdictional lines becomes more and more imperative. This type of cooperation is intuitive and simple in concept, but can be very challenging and complex in implementation. The Jordan Lake One Water Association (JLOWA) is a new collaborative entity, administered by TJCOG and supported by diverse stakeholders from Greensboro to Raleigh, that seeks to facilitate cooperation and holistic resource management in the Jordan Lake watershed. The Association is comprised of local governments, conservation groups, universities, water utilities, agriculture, and private industry stakeholders interested in sharing the cost of water quality and quantity improvements in order to realize watershed-wide social, economic, and environmental benefits.
The JLOWA group will be focusing on determining the mission, objectives, and structure of the group over the coming months. Meetings will involve advancing conversations about integrated water management, the state of the legislative environment, and the future of our watersheds in order to foster more integrated and innovative approaches to tackling issues associated with growing regional populations in the Jordan Lake Watershed.
As the Jordan Lake One Water efforts continue, agendas, minutes, presentations, and other pertinent developments from group gatherings will be posted here. Please browse the dates below for information from past meetings.
August 24, 2017
JLOWA - Intro - J. Schmitz
Financial Options - J. Hughes
Upper Cape Fear Conservation Model - TNC
Sustainable Rivers Program - J. DeMeester
UNC Study Update - H. Seim
June 6, 2017