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N.C. Ecosystem Enhancement Program (EEP). Briefing. Ecosystem Enhancement Program. Is a DENR Program that: Improves our environment. Facilitates responsible economic development. Restores streams and wetlands: Where the need is greatest.

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Ecosystem Enhancement Program

  • Is a DENR Program that:
    • Improves our environment.
    • Facilitates responsible economic development.
  • Restores streams and wetlands:
    • Where the need is greatest.
    • By working with local and state partners, including willing landowners.
  • The N.C. Department of Transportation and other developers voluntarily use EEP to move their projects forward in a timely and affordable manner.
history
History
  • Launched in 1997 for local government and general public.
  • Retooled in 2003 as Ecosystem Enhancement Program.
  • Four funds:
    • DOT (Wetlands and Streams)
    • General Public (Wetlands and Streams)
    • Buffers enhancements (Tar/Pam, Neuse and Cape Fear basins)
    • Nutrient Offset (Tar-Pam and Neuse basins)
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EEP Overview

• Voluntary, non-regulatory, receipt-based – no appropriations

• EEP is an option. However, 85% of applicants choose EEP

(Permittee options: self, bank, EEP)

• State/federal oversight – strict compliance standards

• State and national recognition for innovation

program objectives
Program Objectives
  • Improve quality of wetland and stream projects
  • Streamline infrastructure and private development permitting processes
    • Accommodate mitigation needs
    • Stimulus as an example
how eep helps developers
How EEP Helps Developers

Original Plan

Design

Construction

Permit

Revised Plan

Design

Mitigation

Construction

Permit

EEP Assistance

Design

Construction

Permit

EEP Mitigation

TIME

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Example: Economic Stimulus Package

Jobs

(rules of thumb)

DOT- $6b 220,000 jobs

EEP- $750m 10-20,000 jobs

•Shelby

•Rockingham

•Greensboro

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EEP: Four Programs, Many Partners

  • ILF Programs:
    • DOT Steam and Wetland
    • General Public Stream and Wetland
    • General Public Nutrient Offset
    • General Public Buffer
  • Partnerships:
    • DOT Agreement – $5 billion in road projects, no permitting delays
    • Businesses, homebuilders, military, schools - 900 total permits
    • Developers – 1700 permits for pollutants in two rivers
    • Willing landowners – Tax credits/deductions; fair economic return; no condemning of land, or taking away property rights
contracting
Contracting
  • Engineering/Design
  • Planning
  • Construction Contracting
  • Mitigation Bankers

To date: Outsourcing of work, $450+ million

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Administration at a Glance

Program Director: Bill Gilmore

Registered professional engineer and land surveyor (30 years)

Career in civil engineering, planning and design, natural systems

History: @ NCDOT: environmental manager, highway engineer (15 years)

@ Private firms: area manager, project manager (16 years)

@ NCDENR (5 years)

Employees: 60 total; 52 in main office in Raleigh, eight in Asheville

Budget: Receipts of approximately $48.5 million in FY 07-08

Frozen Positions: Policy and Procedures Supervisor; Engineer II and Vegetation Specialist

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EEP Key Points

  • Production At a Glance:
    • Watershed Plans: 27 compete, 9 in production
    • 700 projects in some stage of development
    • 400+ miles of stream restoration
    • 15,000+ acres of wetlands
  • Benefits at a Glance:
    • Local Watershed Plans – best projects, best location
    • Philosophy – “most bang for buck, help environment and public”
    • Restoring natural functions --control floods/pollution/erosion; protecting fish and wildlife habitats
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