Groundwater flow in the White Lake region

Developing an Integrated Lake and Watershed Plan for White Lake

Effective lake and watershed management is based on an understanding of the ecosystem, and this comes from long-term lake monitoring as well as detailed research projects and assessments.  Human-induced changes to the system can then be evaluated and realistic management options considered.


Groundwater flow figure from Shank and Zamora 2019

Planning Timeline

  • Public Workshop #1, July 9, 2019  
  • Communications Team:  September 12, and October 10, 2019
  • Public Workshop #2, September 12, 2019
  • Stormwater Mapping In Progress
  • Grant Application Submitted to NC Water Infrastructure Authority for Town's Wastewater Asset Management Program--notice of approval received
  • Workshop #3, November 19, 2019
  • Bid opening for Phase I Wastewater R&R Project:  February 20, 2020
  • Stormwater mapping work completed, sampling of outfalls underway--January-February 2020
  • Town Board approves application for stormwater planning grant through Bladen Co. (Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief funding)--February 2020
  • Town Board approves Lake Stewardship Officer position--Steve Bunn will fill the position--February 2020
  • Technical group meetings on boating use, bird populations, Hydrilla--February 2020

Workshop Presentations, Handouts and Draft Chapters of Management Document

Workshop #1:  White Lake--Understanding a Complex System

Workshop #2:  Developing a Management Plan for White Lake

Workshop #3:  White Lake--Putting the Pieces Together

Workshop #1 Handout:  Lake levels, lake depth map, rainfall and evaporation


Aging Wastewater Infrastructure at White Lake


Walker Surveying Report on Lake Elevations--January 2020


Monitoring Lake Level Variability at White Lake


Map of Hydrogeologic Cross-Section, with Surficial Aquifer Highlighted



White Lake at a Glance:

  • Lake Area:  1,067 acres (4,317,966 cubic meters) NCSU 2018, Frey 1949
  • Lake Volume:  6,796 acre-feet (8,382,730 cubic meters)  NCSU 2018
  • Average Depth:  6.4 ft (1.9 m)  NCSU 2018
  • Maximum Depth:  9.6 ft (2.9 m)  NCSU 2018
  • Shoreline Length:  4.77 miles (7,724.9 m)  Frey 1949
  • Cape Fear River Basin, Lower Turnbull Creek Sub-watershed

White Lake Watershed

White Lake Watershed