A national model
As a result, North Carolina created a national model for stream and wetlands mitigation through EEP, earning recognition in 2005 and 2007 as one of the top 50 new innovative government programs in the nation by Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a prestigious award in 2005 for local watershed planning from the National Association of Environmental Professionals. EEP also was named Natural Resources Agency of the Year in the 2006 Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards.
EEP continues to achieve its mission to restore and protect North Carolina’s natural resources for future generations while supporting responsible economic development. The initiative restores streams, wetlands, and riparian buffers where the need is greatest by working with local and state partners, including willing landowners. And NCDOT and other developers voluntarily use EEP to move projects forward in a timely and affordable manner.