On this 1-year anniversary of Sackett v. EPA, CCRW is advocating for enhanced wetland protections and raising awareness about the importance of preserving our water resources.
CCRW partnered with a UNC Public Policy class to research wetland threats in Carteret County for their capstone project.
CCRW wanted to be able to use the project deliverables to influence dredge and fill permit requests by developers and promote wetland restoration and protection in Carteret County. With data and graphics showing how wetland loss had, and potentially would, impact water quality and associated resources, CCRW could help educate policymakers on the value of wetlands and encourage them to adopt sustainable wetlands practices.
The students researched current wetland practices and protections at the federal, state, and local levels by contacting local governments, assessing documents available on their websites, and examining existing federal and state wetlands regulations.
This collection of data and understanding of policy will allow CCRW to strengthen our community advocacy by highlighting science-driven relationships between wetlands and water quality. These resources can be used by CCRW and our community advocates when speaking to municipal staff, local commissioners, and developers. By highlighting the importance of wetlands and creating easy-to-understand visuals, planners can make better-informed decisions about land use and future planning.



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