EEP partners with landowners, local governments, military bases, schools, private-sector businesses -– all these and more collaborate with EEP on a voluntary basis to meet their individual needs. EEP outsources the bulk of its program needs to the private sector, creating green jobs and bolstering the state’s economy.
EEP relies heavily on coordination and collaborative partnerships with public and private entities at the local, state and federal levels. Relying on local watershed plans and associated recommendations, EEP continues to work with local stakeholders and funding programs to ensure that the plans not only generate projects to satisfy mitigation needs, but also serve as a resource for communities working to implement watershed improvements.
In an effort to help build upon and advance the science of stream restoration, EEP partners with universities and state agencies to evaluate restoration approaches and to apply lessons learned to future projects. Some of the results of collaborations with such partners are included here.In an effort to enhance the connection between EEP’s work and advances being made in the scientific arena, and to involve respected scientists in helping the program to address challenges it faces in aquatic-resource management and restoration, NCDENR established a Science Advisory Panel. The work of this group will help EEP to continue to make improvements to the work it does across the state.