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Ecosystem Enhancement Program - In-Lieu-Fee Programs

Ecosystem Enhancement Program

 

EEP

 

EEP IN-LIEU FEE PROGRAMS

EEP offers four voluntary In-Lieu Fee (ILF) mitigation programs to the public and private sectors to satisfy compensatory-mitigation requirements in state and federal laws and regulations. The initiatives offset unavoidable environmental damage from transportation-infrastructure improvements and other economic development, and help to prevent harmful pollutants from endangering water quality in sensitive river basins.

EEP's ILF programs include:

NCDOT Stream/Wetland   |   Statewide Stream/Wetland   | Riparian Buffer   |   Nutrient Offset

***FEE SCHEDULE***

 

NCDOT Stream & Wetland ILF Program

EEP's nationally recognized NCDOT Stream & Wetland ILF fee program provides off-site compensatory wetland and stream mitigation for the N.C. Department of Transportation in advance of permitted impacts.  Each year, NCDOT provides EEP an updated list of planned NCDOT transportation projects that are scheduled to go to construction over the next seven years, along with each project’s estimated wetland and stream mitigation needs. 

EEP continuously updates its planning to produce the necessary mitigation (i.e., land acquisition, and mitigation site design, construction, planting and monitoring) to meet NCDOT’s future mitigation needs in advance of impacts. Each quarter, NCDOT pays EEP the actual mitigation production costs.

Statewide Stream & Wetland ILF Program

This initiative provides assistance to the private sector, state government agencies, municipalities, schools, military bases and other applicants to meet state and federal stream and wetland mitigation requirements. Applicants may voluntarily request to participate in the Statewide Stream and Wetland ILF Program.

Upon acceptance by EEP and approval of the regulatory agencies, the applicant makes a payment to EEP based on EEP's schedule of fees to satisfy the mitigation requirement specified in the permit(s). The permit’s mitigation requirement is then transferred to EEP, which implements stream and wetland mitigation projects to satisfy the requirements.

Riparian Buffer Mitigation Program

The Riparian Buffer Program is offered to the private and public sectors to meet compensatory-mitigation requirements associated with riparian-buffer impacts in the Neuse, Tar-Pamlico and Catawba River basins, and the Randleman Reservoir and Jordan Lake watersheds in the Upper Cape Fear River basin. Upon acceptance into the program, applicants make a payment to the Riparian Buffer Restoration Fund according to the schedule of fees to satisfy the mitigation requirement. Upon payment, the permit’s mitigation requirement is then transferred to EEP, which implements riparian buffer mitigation projects to satisfy the requirements.

Nutrient Offset Program

The Nutrient Offset Program for both the private and public sectors is designed to assist in meeting loading requirements for nitrogen and phosphorus in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River basins, and in the Jordan and Falls Lake watersheds, as part of the nutrient-management strategies in these areas.

Developers may choose to use a "buy-down option" and request to pay a fee to EEP to meet their nutrient loading requirements as specified by a local government.  Once payment has been accepted and received by EEP, a receipt is issued which allows the developer to receive final approval from the local government. Upon receiving the payment, EEP assumes the responsibility for the mitigation requirement, including mitigation site construction and monitoring of buffer-restoration sites or other types of nutrient-offset projects (click here for more information).

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