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Habitat Protection Plan Committee to Meet

Wetlands are areas where water covers the soil, or is present either at or near the surface of the soil all year or for varying periods of time during the year, including during the growing season. Photo: EPA

The North Carolina Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Steering Committee will meet 9 a.m. Jan. 21 to review issue papers on wetland protection and restoration, reducing inflow and infiltration from wastewater infrastructure, and habitat monitoring.

The public can join online, by visiting Webex, use access code 178 194 5326 and password is q5JaSC32iuf.  Join by phone by calling 1-415-655-0003 US TOLL.

The three papers to be reviewed for the upcoming Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Amendment are on the following:

  • Wetland Protection and Restoration with Focus on Nature-Based Methods.
  • Reducing Inflow and Infiltration (I & I) from Wastewater Infrastructure to Improve Water Quality.
  • Habitat Monitoring to Assess Status and Regulatory Effectiveness.

For a full meeting agenda and other meeting materials visit the website.

In December 2004, the state Marine Fisheries, Environmental Management, and Coastal Resources commissions unanimously adopted the North Carolina Coastal Habitat Protection Plan, which provides information on the habitats’ distribution and abundance, ecological functions and importance to fish production, status and trends, threats to the habitats, and includes recommendations to address threats, according to the website.

The Coastal Habitat Protection Plan is revised every five years to reflect changes in the status of habitat protection in North Carolina. The 2021 draft is currently under development.

For more information, contact Jimmy.Johnson@ncdenr.gov with the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership or Anne.Deaton@ncdenr.gov with the Division of Marine Fisheries.

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