A Senate committee on Tuesday morning approved a bill that would repeal environmental protections at Jordan Lake that were enacted in 2009.
SB515, by Sen. Rick Gunn, a Republican from Burlington, and Sen. Trudy Wade, a Republican from Greensboro, would require the state to study what the best approach is to improve water quality. Results of that study would be presented to the legislature for consideration next year.
The North Carolina chapter of the Sierra Club said the protections in place now are the result of years of studies, negotiations and discussions.
The bill also directs the state to focus on treating and improving water quality in the lake rather than on restricting activities upsteam. Gunn said indications are that the current rules have done nothing to improve the lake, which is a source of drinking water for close to half a million people in the Triangle.