WHO IS EEP?
EEP is the N.C. Ecosystem Enhancement Program, a state Department of Environment and Natural Resources initiative that restores and protects wetlands and waterways for future generations while offsetting unavoidable environmental damage from economic development.
EEP offers four In-Lieu Fee mitigation programs designed to assist private and public entities comply with state and federal compensatory mitigation for streams, wetlands, riparian buffers, and nutrients. EEP utilizes receipts from the programs to restore streams and wetlands where the need is greatest by working with state and local partners, including willing landowners. The N.C. Department of Transportation and other developers voluntarily use EEP to move projects forward in a timely and affordable manner.
History of EEP
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.