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Pasquotank County, Camden County, City of Elizabeth City, N.C. Forest Service, Pasquotank River Basin Council, Elizabeth City State University, Pasquotank River Yacht Club, Albemarle Economic Development Council, N.C. Division of Coastal Management, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, Ducks Unlimited, Northeast N.C. Land Trust Initiative, local landowners and commercial representatives

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Pasquotank River Local Watershed Plan
Pasquotank, Camden and Gates counties

The Pasquotank River drainage was selected for local watershed planning for a variety of reasons: water quality; growth and development concerns including sedimentation, urban and agricultural nonpoint-source pollution; observed stream instability; and proximity to future Department of Transportation impacts.  The watershed area also had been impacted by stormwater runoff, flooding, sedimentation and habitat degradation issues.

Pasquotank and Camden counties were experiencing rapidly increasing development pressure, which could have led to future watershed degradation if no actions were taken. A stakeholder team was established in December 2001, meeting bimonthly. The team actively participated in the assessment process and in the review of assessment results, and the plan was completed in December 2003.

In April 2005, the National Association of Environmental Professionals honored EEP with its National Environmental Excellence Award in the category of planning integration for the Pasquotank plan. The organization honors nominees in eight categories each year in a rigorous competition.

Local Watershed Plans:

EEP uses watershed planning to identify the best locations to implement stream, wetland and riparian-buffer restoration. The planning process considers where mitigation is needed and how EEP's mitigation efforts might contribute to the improvement of water and habitat quality in the state.

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The N.C. Ecosystem Enhancement Program's mission is to restore and protect North Carolina’s natural resources for future generations while supporting responsible economic development.

EEP utilizes receipts from its programs to restore streams and wetlands where the need is greatest by working with state and local partners, including willing landowners. The N.C. Department of Transportation and other developers voluntarily use EEP to move projects forward in a timely and affordable manner.

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