The City of Goldsboro is located in the Neuse River basin which begins in the middle of the state and runs to the estuarine waters of the Pamlico Sound. This river basin was declared “nutrient sensitive” by the state of North Carolina in 1995.
All wastewater dischargers in the Neuse River basin were required by North Carolina to reduce the nitrogen discharged to the river by 30 percent from the baseline year of 1995. After the news of the nutrient problems in the Neuse River reached the City Council, it was decided that Goldsboro would be a leader in North Carolina in protecting the environment.
A comprehensive environmental stewardship program was initiated to reduce nutrients going into the river. The City operates an advanced wastewater treatment process at its Water Reclamation Facility. Changes at this facility made it possible to reduce the Total Nitrogen to the Neuse River by up to 87%.