Article highlights EEP's commitment to planning
October 30, 2012 11:07 AM
North Carolina’s local watershed planning efforts under the Ecosystem Enhancement Program are featured this month through an article by two EEP staffers in the Watershed Science Bulletin, published by the Association of Watershed & Stormwater Professionals.
"North Carolina Ecosystem Enhancement Program: Implementation and Lessons Learned from North Carolina’s Watershed-Based Approach to Mitigation" was authored by EEP Watershed Planning Supervisor Nancy Dalyand Watershed Planning & Property Protection Section Supervisor Marc Recktenwald.
EEP and its predecessor initiative, the Wetlands Restoration Program, have shown a strong commitment to watershed planning, the article points out. That historic dedication to watershed planning, the volume of watershed plans developed and the variety of projects implemented in the context of those plans provides EEP with a unique perspective on the evolution of watershed planning and how it is accomplished.
Eleven years after initiation of its first local watershed plan, EEP can reflect upon and share both its successes and its challenges. The article discusses some of the key factors that influence planning success -- as well as the lessons learned -- and looks ahead to how EEP is adapting and tailoring its planning processes to meet both EEP and stakeholder goals in an ever-changing environment.