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Title: N.C. Ecosystem Enhancement Program (EEP)


1
N.C. Ecosystem Enhancement Program (EEP)
  • Briefing

2
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.

3
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)

4
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
5
Program Objectives
  • Improve quality of wetland and stream projects
  • Streamline infrastructure and private development
    permitting processes
  • Accommodate mitigation needs
  • Stimulus as an example

6
How EEP Helps Developers
Design
Construction
Original Plan
Permit
Design
Construction
Revised Plan
Mitigation
Permit
Design
Construction
EEP Assistance
Permit
EEP Mitigation
TIME
7
Example Economic Stimulus Package
Jobs (rules of thumb) DOT- 6b 220,000
jobs EEP- 750m 10-20,000 jobs
Shelby
Rockingham
Greensboro
8
How EEP Helps the Environment
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Wake County Road Projects Supported by EEP
TIP Number Road Road Description
R-2000 I-540 Northern Wake Expressway (10 projects)
R-2541 NC-55 Holly Springs Bypass
R-2905 NC-55 NC 55 Widening ( Holly Springs to north of US 1)
R-2907 NC-55 NC 55 Widening ( Holly Springs to north of US 1)
R-2809 B/C NC-98 Wake Forest Bypass
R2809 A NC-98 Wake Forest Bypass
U-4026 SR-1613 Davis Dr. Widening (In Durham County)
U-2804 B SR-1652 SR 1652 Harrison Avenue (Cary)
U-2582 SR-1699 SR 1699 Edwards Mill Extension
U-3344 A SR-3015 Airport Blvd. Widening
U-3101 C/D US1/64 US 1/64 Widening (Cary)
R-2425 C US401 US 401 Widening (Wake, Franklin Counties)
R-2547/R-2641 US64 Knightdale Bypass
R2552 US70 Clayton Bypass
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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

13
Contracting
  • Engineering/Design
  • Planning
  • Construction Contracting
  • Mitigation Bankers
  • To date Outsourcing of work, 450 million

14
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 _at_ NCDOT
environmental manager, highway engineer (15
years) _at_ Private firms area manager, project
manager (16 years) _at_ 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

15
KEY ISSUES
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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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