EEP partners with landowners, local governments, military bases, schools, private-sector businesses -– all these and more collaborate with EEP on a voluntary basis to meet their individual needs. EEP outsources the bulk of its program needs to the private sector, creating green jobs and bolstering the state’s economy.
EEP relies heavily on coordination and collaborative partnerships with public and private entities at the local, state and federal levels. Relying on local watershed plans and associated recommendations, EEP continues to work with local stakeholders and funding programs to ensure that the plans not only generate projects to satisfy mitigation needs, but also serve as a resource for communities working to implement watershed improvements.
State: State-agency partnerships provide technical knowledge of local resources, landowner contacts, shared data, watershed restoration and preservation alliance and contracting capabilities. Through collaboration with the N.C. Division of Water Quality, the N.C. Division of Soil and Water Conservation, the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund, the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation, the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, EEP is able to incorporate the skills and expertise of NCDENR partners and maximize project benefits by addressing the natural-resource goals of multiple divisions. EEP continues to collaborate with NCDENR divisions regularly on watershed-planning and project-implementation efforts.
Federal: EEP partners with federal agencies through all stages of project development. Federal partners play an important role as stakeholders in the watershed-planning process; project review and implementation; and monitoring. EEP coordinates with USACE, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Service, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, among others. Partnerships with these agencies enable EEP to build upon strategies and initiatives occurring at a national level.
Local: Local governments, including municipalities, counties and regional councils of government, provide invaluable input in the watershed-planning and implementation process, including technical and local knowledge, landowner contacts and donation of easements, among others. Regular communication has resulted in valuable partnerships benefitting both EEP and local stakeholders with respect to technical capabilities; shared data; policy and technical guidance; and project implementation. Collaborative efforts allow local partners to address watershed-impairment challenges in their area, and provide EEP with the tools needed to implement cost-effective restoration projects where most needed.