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About APNEP


APNEP collaborates with diverse partners to identify, protect, and restore the significant resources of the Albemarle-Pamlico estuarine system.

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News & Events

View APNEP's media page for press releases, upcoming meetings and events, and visit calendar links for other regional agencies and organizations.

Implementation Action Teams

View list of APNEP's Implementation Action Teams for links to meeting dates and materials.

Soundings Blog

View our archive of blog posts highlighting our work and the work of our partners in the Albemarle-Pamlico region.

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Video filmed and edited by: Katia Griffin-Jakymec, APNEP

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Soundings Blog

A fresh take on the Albemarle-Pamlico region's salty affairs

North Carolina: First in Dam Removal (Part I and II)

For the past twenty years, North Carolinians have been working together to restore access to the Neuse River's historic fish spawning habitat - one dam removal at a time

February 13th, 2018 | By Kelsey Ellis, APNEP

  

With the demolition of Raleigh’s Milburnie Dam in November 2017, the Neuse River now flows freely from Falls Lake to Pamlico Sound for the first time in over a hundred years. Safety concerns contributed to the dam’s removal, but the main reason for the removal of Milburnie was to enable fish such as American Shad, Striped Bass, and Atlantic Sturgeon to once again migrate from the ocean to their historic spawning habitat upstream of the dam.
 
Twenty years ago, when local, state, and federal groups set out to demolish another dam on the Neuse River, removing a large dam because of the ecological implications was unprecedented. The efforts by North Carolinians and partner groups to change this paradigm ended up not only reopening the Neuse River to fish migration, but also impacting dam removal policies nationwide.
 

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Estuaries of National Significance

APNEP is part of the National Estuary Program (NEP), an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) place-based program to protect and restore the water quality and ecological integrity of estuaries of national significance. 

· EPA's National Estuary Program (NEP)

· Association of National Estuary Programs (ANEP)

 
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