North Carolina Coastal Habitat Protection Plan steering committee members are to hear an update during a virtual meeting Friday, Jan. 12, on how the 2021 amendment to the plan is being implemented.
The public can listen to the meeting set for 10 a.m. to noon by computer or at a listening station in the North Carolina Department of North Carolina Environmental Quality’s Wilmington Regional Office. The full agenda, meeting materials and how to join the meeting are available online.
In addition to updates on how the amendment to the document often abbreviated as CHPP is being implemented, the committee will hear a report on a recent algal bloom workshop, and discuss impacts of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2023 decision in the Sackett vs. the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the definition of the “waters of the United States, or those subject to federal regulation.”
The first Coastal Habitat Protection Plan was adopted in December 2004 by the North Carolina Marine Fisheries and the Environmental Management and Coastal Resources commissions. The document, which provides information and threats to habitats, ecological functions and importance to fish production, status and trends, is updated every five years. The 2016 document was amended in 2021 but serves as the background document for the amendment.
For more information, contact Jimmy.Johnson@deq.nc.gov with the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership or Anne.Deaton@deq.nc.gov with the Division of Marine Fisheries.