During the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission meeting Sept. 14 in Carteret County, members will hear a presentation on the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan and have a discussion on the wetlands definition.
The meeting is to take place in the Wayne West Building at Carteret Community College, 3505 Arendell St., Morehead City. The public may attend in person or via remote access. Links will be posted to attend virtually on the commission webpage once available.
The Coastal Habitat Protection Plan, or the CHPP, “is long-term enhancement of coastal fisheries through habitat protection and enhancement efforts,” according to the state Department of Environmental Quality. The document outlines the habitats distribution and abundance, ecological functions and importance to fish production, status and trends, threats to the habitats, and includes recommendations to address threat,
The state’s Marine Fisheries, Environmental Management, and Coastal Resources commissions adopted the first plan in December 2004, and it is revised every five years. An amendment to the plan was published in 2021.
The air quality and water quality committee meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 13. The agendas are available online. No meeting is scheduled for the groundwater and waste management or water allocation committees.
Meeting information may be found at the Department of Environmental Quality’s Environmental Management Commission webpage.
The Environmental Management Commission is responsible for adopting rules for the protection, preservation and enhancement of the state’s air, land and water resources. The commission oversees and adopts rules for several divisions of the Department of Environmental Quality, including the divisions of Air Quality; Energy, Mineral and Land Resources; Waste Management and Water Resources.