401 & Buffer Permitting Unit
Nutrient Offset & Riparian Buffer Mitigation
Nutrient Offset Mitigation may be required for any new or existing development where nutrient reduction requirements exist as part of a nutrient management strategy. In North Carolina, there are four nutrient management strategies: Neuse River Basin, Tar-Pamlico River Basin, Falls Lake Watershed and Jordan Lake Watershed. Please visit the Division of Water Resource's Planning Section website for more information on each nutrient management strategy.
Purchasing nutrient offset credits from a private mitigation bank or the North Carolina Ecosystem Enhancement Program (NCEEP) are options available to new or existing development where nutrient reduction requirements exist. All payments must be in compliance with 15A NCAC 02B .0240 and G.S. 143-214.26.
Riparian Buffer Mitigation may be required for any project within an area covered by a Riparian Buffer Protection Rule for impacts to the protected riparian buffer listed as "(potentially) allowable with mitigation" or "prohibited" in the Table of Uses. For more information about the Riparian Buffer Protection Rules, including the Table of Uses, click here.
Templates and Guidance Documents
To view DWR's templates and guidance documents that have been developed for the Nutrient Offset & Riparian Buffer Mitigation program, click here.
Private Mitigation Banks
To view a list of the private mitigation banks in NC, including basic information such as the areas they serve, availability of credits, and contact information, click here.
N.C. Ecosystem Enhancement Program
For information about the In-Lieu Fee mitigation programs offered by the N.C. Ecosystem Enhancement Program (NCEEP), click here.