Meetings and Events

Each year NCAEP holds up to four dinner meetings in Raleigh, and over the last several years we have been expanding our meetings to Charlotte and Wilmington. Topics range across the diverse interests of our membership including natural resources, stream and wetland restoration, NEPA/SEPA, stormwater issues, regulatory updates, environmental ethics, and a variety of other topics. Our past speakers have included senior members of NCDENR, NCDWQ, local governments, and the Whitehouse Council of Environmental Quality. Many of our speakers' past presentations are available on the Past Meetings link. Most of our dinner meetings provide 1 Professional Development Hour of credit for those needing to keep up with certifications.

Each meeting begins with a social hour and gives our members the chance to catch up with old acquaintances and news from other specialties or interests. We then ask our speakers to present from 15 to 30 minutes, followed by a question and answer session. Come join us and learn something new!

Upcoming events

    • 02 Nov 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Marriott Hotel, 425 North Cherry St, Winston-Salem, NC

    Please join NC Water Resources Association and NC Association of Environmental Professionals in downtown Winston Salem on Thursday, November 2 to hear Marion Hopkins (EPA Region 4), Cam NcNutt (NCDEQ), and Andrew McDaniel (NCDOT) discuss TMDL Alternatives: Category 4B Success Stories and Other Options.  This workshop will focus on alternatives for addressing impaired waters without full TMDL development and implementation and where such alternatives have been successfully implemented.

    DATE:             November 2, 2017    

    WORKSHOP:  1:00 PM

                           Marriott - Downtown Winston-Salem
                           425 North Cherry Street
                           Winston-Salem, NC 27101

    SOCIAL:         5:30 PM

                           Foothills Brewpub

                           638 West Fourth St.

                           Winston-Salem, NC 27101

    EPA Perspective on Alternative Restoration Approaches

    Marion Hopkins,  EPA Region 4

    The Clean Water Act statute and regulations are clear. Impaired waters require Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) or an enforceable plan, known as Category 4B demonstrations, designed to meet water quality standards in a reasonable amount of time. Many 4B approaches are relatively straightforward and involve permit limits or specific actions. Still, the bar for 4B demonstrations can be relatively high, requiring similar technical rigor and costs as a TMDL with an accompanying implementation plan.

    EPA recognizes that under certain circumstances there are alternative restoration approaches that may be more immediately beneficial or practicable in achieving standards than pursing the TMDL approach in the near term. Placing an impaired water in Category 5-ALT keeps it on the 303(d) list but acknowledges the presence of restoration activities on the ground. This has several benefits including flexibility to leverage partnerships and resources as well as transparency to the public as waterbody restoration moves forward. While a 5-ALT approach may help justify a lower priority for TMDL development or 4B demonstration, the Clean Water Act ultimately requires specific actions if impaired waters are not restored in a timely manner.

    Another opportunity to restore waters where TMDLs are not required is Category 4C. The United States Geological Survey reports that hydrologic and habitat alteration is extensive across the nation, and may be a primary cause of ecological impairment. Yet the identification of this problem is underreported. Examples include water withdrawals, impoundments, or extreme high flows that scour out stream beds, destabilize stream banks and cause a loss of habitat. When a water is impaired in this way, states can list, or in some cases delist, waters to Category 4C. States and stakeholders can then adopt a variety of approaches to understand the extent of these problems and to make the case for restoring them.

    Ms. Hopkins will share some examples of alternative restoration approaches in other southeastern States.

    Strategies for Addressing Impaired Waters in North Carolina

    Cam McNutt, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Division of Water Resources

    There are over 1,100 Clean Water Act Section 303(d) impaired waters in North Carolina.  NC Department of Environmental Quality is responsible for identifying impaired waters and developing restoration plans for these waters.  This presentation will provide an overview of the water quality assessment process, prioritization process and the different types of restoration plans or strategies. Water quality assessment includes development of the Integrated Report (303d list and 305b).  Prioritization includes workflows for identifying waters for plan development by DEQ staff.  There are three basic restoration plan types- TMDL, 4b demonstration, and 5r  demonstration.  The presentation will describe the differences and pros and cons of each planning approach.  There will also be a brief demonstration of tools and workflows being developed in DEQ to streamline the planning process.

    Little Alamance Creek 4b Restoration Plan

    Andrew McDaniel, P.E., North Carolina Department of Transportation Stormwater Program

    The City of Burlington, City of Graham, and NCDOT worked together on a 4b Demonstration Plan to improve the water quality within Little Alamance Creek. The 4b Demonstration Plan is one of the first of its kind, in both the state and the country. The 4b Plan was approved in January 2015 and is the document that serves as the guidance for the NCDOT's stormwater program within Little Alamance Creek.  This presentation will provide insight into the planning process and the success the NCDOT has had in working to improve water quality while fulfilling NCDOT's mission of providing and supporting a safe and integrated transportation system that enhances the state.

    Workshop Agenda

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    • 09 Nov 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Peculiar Rabbit: 1212 Pecan Ave. Charlotte, NC 28205
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    In support of the 2008 Federal Mitigation Rule (33 CFR Parts 325 and 332), the NC Division of Mitigation Services (DMS) is transitioning to functional based watershed priorities.  Historically DMS has defined restoration priorities using 14-digit hydrologic units as spatial boundaries.  The development of high resolution statewide datasets allows for automated analysis at a finer scale.   DMS, in partnership with UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University, developed a statewide modeling approach to evaluate hydrology, water quality, and habitat at the catchment scale utilizing the National Hydrography Dataset Plus (V2) dataset.  By leveraging big data and existing spatial models, DMS is better able to identify watersheds with the most potential for functional improvement.

    Jamie Blackwell (DMS Watershed Planning Manager) will summarize the models' development, how their results are used to identify Targeted Resource Areas, and demonstrate how end users can access and utilize the data. 

    DATE:  9 November 2017
                 Social Hour starting at 5:30 PM
                 Dinner at 6 PM
                 Speaker at ~7:00 PM

    LOCATION: Peculiar Rabbit
                        1212 Pecan Ave.
                        Charlotte, NC 28205

    If you have registered for the event and would like to request a vegetarian entree, please contact

Past events

10 Oct 2017 NC WAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
04 Oct 2017 2017 Natural Communities and Rare Plants of the Uwharrie National Forest, Montgomery County, NC
28 Sep 2017 Dinner Meeting - DEQ Working Priorities and Themes
19 Sep 2017 NC SAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
14 Jun 2017 NEPA Legislative/Policy Update
06 Jun 2017 2017 Rare Plant & Natural Community Identification Workshop
09 May 2017 Surface Water Identification and Training Course
27 Apr 2017 2017 Pig Pickin'
18 Apr 2017 NC SAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
31 Mar 2017 NC WAM & SAM for Managers
27 Mar 2017 NAEP Conference
08 Mar 2017 Webinar: Environmental Practice in Flux: Transitioning to the Trump Administration
02 Mar 2017 Dinner Meeting - City of Raleigh Mitigation Bank
24 Jan 2017 Dinner Meeting - Proposed Water Quality Permit Revisions: Comment Period Open
27 Oct 2016 Dinner Meeting - NEPA/SEPA Update: Jennifer Haynie, NC Division of Water Infrastructure
13 Sep 2016 NC WAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
18 Aug 2016 Charlotte Dinner Meeting - Charlotte's Umbrella Stream and Wetland Mitigation Bank: Past, Present and Future
05 May 2016 2016 Pig Pickin'
03 May 2016 NC WAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
21 Mar 2016 NC SAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
25 Feb 2016 Raleigh Dinner Meeting - NC SAM and NC WAM
27 Jan 2016 Raleigh Winter Post-Holiday Social 2016
20 Jan 2016 Webinar: Status of the Clean Water Rule
10 Dec 2015 Raleigh Dinner Meeting - 2015 Legislative Updates
11 Nov 2015 Phase I ESA 1527-13 Updated Requirements for “All Appropriate Inquiries”
02 Oct 2015 October 2, 2015 NATURAL COMMUNITY IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP, Durham, NC area
01 Oct 2015 Nutrient Management: Implications for Mitigation
01 Oct 2015 October 1, 2015 NATURAL COMMUNITY IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP, Durham, NC area
10 Sep 2015 Charlotte Dinner Meeting - Advancing the Science, Policy, and Approach of Stream Restoration
13 Aug 2015 Northern Long-eared Bat Listing Update - USF&WS Asheville Dinner Meeting
03 Jun 2015 June 3, 2015 Workshop: Natural Communities and Rare Plants of the Hickory Nut Gorge Area, Rutherford County, NC
14 May 2015 May 14th Raleigh Dinner Meeting - USF&WS listing of the Northern Long-Eared Bat
30 Apr 2015 2015 Pig Pickin'
10 Apr 2015 Spring Herb Identification Workshop
25 Mar 2015 Webinar: Consultation under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act Programmatic: NEPA Reviews
12 Mar 2015 Dinner Meeting - Donald van der Vaart, Secretary, NC Department of Environment & Natural Resources
27 Feb 2015 Winter Plant Identification Workshop (moved to rain date)
25 Feb 2015 Webinar: Guidance on Effective Use of Programmatic NEPA Reviews
12 Feb 2015 Charlotte Winter Post-Holiday Social
28 Jan 2015 Webinar: Integrating Analysis of Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change in NEPA Documents
22 Jan 2015 Raleigh Winter Post-Holiday Social 2015
04 Dec 2014 Raleigh Dinner Meeting - 2014 Legislative Updates
03 Oct 2014 October 3, 2014 Natural Communities and Rare Plants of the Uwharrie National Forest, Montgomery County, NC
02 Oct 2014 October 2, 2014 Natural Communities and Rare Plants of the Uwharrie National Forest, Montgomery County, NC
25 Sep 2014 Raleigh Dinner Meeting - Mosquito and Tick-Borne Diseases
17 Sep 2014 The Role of the Environmental Professional in Disaster Preparedness, Planning, and Recovery
24 Jul 2014 Wilmington Dinner Meeting - Update: Ecosystem Enhancement Program
29 May 2014 Piedmont Rare Species and Mafic Rock Communities Workshop and Fieldtrip to Durham and Granville Counties, NC
22 May 2014 Charlotte Dinner Meeting - The Environmental Management Commission & the Regulatory Reform Act
21 May 2014 NEPA 2013 Legal and Regulatory Update
07 Apr 2014 2014 NAEP Conference in St. Petersburg, FL
03 Apr 2014 Dinner Meeting - John E. Skvarla, III, Secretary, NC Department of Environment & Natural Resources
09 Jan 2014 Winter Post-Holiday Social 2014
05 Dec 2013 Raleigh Dinner Meeting - 2013 Legislative Updates
09 Oct 2013 Charlotte Dinner Meeting - 2013 Legislative Updates
13 Sep 2013 Middle Coastal Plain (Bladen Lakes Area) Rare Plants & Natural Communities Workshop
15 Aug 2013 Clean Water Management Trust Fund and Natural Heritage Program Updates
06 Jun 2013 Coastal Plain Rare Plants Workshop
22 May 2013 2013 Pig Pickin'
21 Mar 2013 Dinner Meeting - John E. Skvarla, III, Secretary, NC Department of Environment & Natural Resources
24 Jan 2013 Winter Post-Holiday Social 2013
06 Dec 2012 Regulatory Reform and the Environment at the NC General Assembly
11 Oct 2012 Southern Mountain Rare Plants Workshop
19 Sep 2012 Charlotte Webinar - USACOE Permitting and 401 Water Quality Certifications
19 Sep 2012 Raleigh Webinar - USACOE Permitting and 401 Water Quality Certifications
13 Sep 2012 Will Harman to speak on: A Function-Based Framework for Stream Assessment and Restoration Projects
23 Aug 2012 Water Quality Improvements in Charlotte/Mecklenburg: Planning, Implementation, and Ongoing Opportunities
21 Jun 2012 The Environmental Footprint of Shale Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing
20 Jun 2012 Webinar - NEPA Legal and Policy Update
23 May 2012 2012 Pig Pickin'
20 Apr 2012 Western Piedmont Rare Plants Workshop
29 Mar 2012 Determining Ecological Flows for River Basin Planning in North Carolina
18 Jan 2012 Winter Holiday Social 2012
08 Dec 2011 Environmental Decision Making: From Theory to Participation
15 Nov 2011 USACE Regulatory Update – NCWAM & NCSAM
08 Sep 2011 EEP Version 2.0
11 Aug 2011 Current Trends in Stormwater Management
15 Jun 2011 NAEP Webinar - NEPA Legal and Policy Update
09 Jun 2011 Consolidated Buffer Rules and other DWQ Updates
19 May 2011 Basinwide Planning / Waters Committee Meeting
17 May 2011 2011 Pig Pickin'
07 Apr 2011 NAEP CEQ Webinar
03 Mar 2011 Compensatory Stream and Wetland Mitigation: An Evaluation of Regulatory Success
12 Jan 2011 Winter Holiday Social
04 Nov 2010 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Nov. Dinner Meeting @ BB&Y Restaurant
17 Oct 2010 Crowder District Park Invasive Species Workshop
21 Sep 2010 Fall Dinner Meeting @ BB&Y Restaurant

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