EEP lauded in 'watershed approach' newsletter series
February 8, 2013 10:57 AM
The current edition of the National Wetlands Newsletter features a series of articles examining the implementation of the “watershed approach,” guidance stemming from new federal mitigation rules established in 2008. Among their observations, the authors from the Environmental Law Institute and The Nature Conservancy noted:
“(U)sing a watershed approach provides important advance and pre-project watershed-scale planning that can greatly improve the efficiency and transparency of the regulatory and project approval process. A good example comes from the North Carolina Ecosystem Enhancement Program, where the watershed approach has been carried out statewide and in close coordination with the North Carolina Department of Transportation. In part, the program is designed to meet the mitigation needs of the transportation agency. Since 2003, this planning has guided over $10 billion* in transportation projects, none of which have experienced delays due to the need to meet mitigation requirements. Time is often money, both for developers and for agencies responsible for undertaking environmental reviews, and the watershed approach and the information it provides can facilitate these decisions.”
The newsletter is published by the Environmental Law Institute of Washington, D.C.
*Note: NCDOT now estimates this dollar figure at nearly $14 billion.