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Ecosystem Enhancement Program - Who Is EEP

Ecosystem Enhancement Program

 

EEP

 

 

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

 

Strength through partnerships

Acting on the philosophy that a programmatic, watershed-based planning process will focus all biological-engineering resources toward the best possible environmental return, EEP also embraces partnerships that work to create streamlined government for the state. EEP's formation by definition helps to eliminate duplicative resources, and also embraces the expertise of all shareholders affected by its processes.

EEP partners with a wide range of private biological-engineering and mitigation-banking companies on stream and wetland restoration and enhancement projects across the state. Early in its existence, the initiative also collaborated with
 local and regional land trusts across the state, an arrangement believed to have been unprecedented in the nation on this scale, to harness the expertise, innovation and local knowledge of 22 separate trusts to promote land acquisition and open-space protection. 

 

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