News & Blog

The NCAEP uses this site to keep our members and the public informed on the latest news and events concerning the environment and the environmental profession in North Carolina. Use the links below to access and comment on the latest news and postings.

  • 26 Mar 2014 10:50 AM | Ward Marotti

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) are publishing for public comment a proposed rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA), in light of the U.S. Supreme Court cases in U.S. v. Riverside Bayview, Rapanos v. United States, and Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (SWANCC), and Rapanos v. United States (Rapanos).  Today’s proposal would enhance protection for the nation’s public health and aquatic resources, and increase CWA program predictability and consistency by increasing clarity as to the scope of  “waters of the United States” protected under the Act…

    the agencies are interested in comments, scientific and technical data, caselaw, and other information that would further clarify which “other waters” should be considered similarly situated for purposes of a case-specific significant nexus determination. The agencies seek comment on a number of alternative approaches. These alternatives include potentially determining waters in identified ecological regions (ecoregions) or hydrologic-landscape regions are similarly situated for purposes of evaluating a significant nexus, as well as the basis for determining which ecoregions or hydrologic-landscape regionsshould be so identified. The agencies also solicit comment on whether the legal, technical and scientific record would support determining limited specific subcategories of waters are similarly situated, or as having a significant nexus sufficient to establish jurisdiction.





    Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OW–2011–0880by one of the following methods:


    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for

    submitting comments.


    E-mail: Include EPA–HQ–OW–2011–0880 in the subject line of the message.


    Mail: Send the original and three copies of your comments to: Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20460, Attention: Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OW–2011–0880.


    Hand Delivery/Courier: Deliver your comments to EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460, Attention Docket, ID No. EPA–HQ–OW–2011–0880. Such deliveries are accepted only during the Docket’s normal hours of operation, which are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. The telephone number for the Water Docket is 202–566–2426.

  • 12 Feb 2014 1:31 PM | Kristin Weidner is hosting a FREE half-day Technology Lecture Series on soil and groundwater remediation in Charlotte, NC on March 25, 2014.  At the end of the day, attendees will receive a CEU certificate worth 4 credit hours towards their continuing education credits.  This is a FREE workshop paid for by the national speakers and exhibitors and a box lunch is provided. brings together scientists, engineers, regulators, site managers and other environmental professionals from government, academia, service and R&D firms to advance the state of the art of bioremediation and sustainable remediation technologies.


    Please contact Travis Bowman at

    or visit for more information.

  • 29 Jan 2014 3:55 PM | Kristin Weidner

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Jane S. McKimmon Center


    Sponsorship Opportunities: 628.Environ Sponsor.pdf

  • 23 Jan 2014 3:28 PM | Ward Marotti

    A USDA study indicates that:

    …these data suggest increasing tree density associated with the past century of deforestation and succession in the eastern U.S. may currently be overwhelming the negative impacts of the adelgid at the regional scale, however, the long-term stability of this situation is not known, and data from long-infested counties suggest the landscape may be at a ‘‘tipping point’’.

  • 21 Nov 2013 9:22 AM | Kristin Weidner

    Summer Transportation
    Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG) is now accepting applications

    This notice is to announce that the STIPDG program is now accepting applications for the Summer Session of 2014.  If you have any friends, family associates, or any other interest group/association contacts that would be interested in summer internship opportunities, please refer them to

    Application Deadline: Selections may be made as applications are received, but typically do not occur until the application closes: December 31, 2013.

  • 06 Nov 2013 5:21 PM | Kristin Weidner

    The Duke chapter of the Student Association of Wetland Scientists (SAWS) is hosting a mitigation panel. We have 4 professionals from 4 different sectors that are all involved in wetland and stream mitigation and restoration to answer all of your questions about mitigation in NC. Afterwards, there will be food, beverages and a chance to talk with the next wave to join the world of environmental professionals – Duke Master of Environmental Management students, and PhD students from the Environmental and Earth and Ocean Sciences programs. So, bring your business cards and your appetite!

    Join us Wednesday November 13 from 5:30 to 7 in the Levine Science Research Center, room A 158 for an evening of career exploration and stories of restoring some of the awesome streams and wetlands in NC and the southeast US.


    5:30-6:30 Panel & Questions

    6:30-7 The Duke Water Network Networking Event

    -Heavy hors d'oeuvres, beverages & networking (bring your business cards!)


    - Barbra Doll (Sea Grant)

    - Mac Haupt (NC Ecosystem Enhancement Program)

    - Kristin Weidner (Stantec)

    - Norton Webster (EBX)

    Public parking (pay) will be available at the Bryan Center (MitigationPanelMap.pdf).

    So that we can provide enough food, please RSVP to this link. If you have any questions you would like to be asked by the moderator, please send them along to Jessie Howington (
  • 31 Oct 2013 1:38 PM | John Jamison (Administrator)
    Ross Andrews, a Raleigh environmental educator and past NCAEP member, passed away unexpectedly on October 25.  For more information on his passing and memorial plans, please see:
  • 16 Oct 2013 11:15 AM | John Jamison (Administrator)
    We've added a couple of new job postings to our website - check them out at
  • 15 Oct 2013 1:11 PM | John Jamison (Administrator)

    NCDWR recently released a list of success stories, following on Division Director Reeder's plan for improving customer service:


  • 20 Aug 2013 4:24 PM | Kristin Weidner

    NCAEP has been asked to review/comment on the attached draft North Carolina Wetland Program Plan (WPP) (see below).  Please provide comments to NCAEP President Ward Marotti ( by  6 September.  Mr. Marotti has been representing NCAEP as part of the project’s stakeholder group since April and will organize/compile/present NCAEP comments/suggestions. 


    North Carolina’s WPP is funded by an EPA Wetland Program Development Grant.  Its goals are to evaluate existing resources, identify needs of North Carolina’s wetland program participants (public, private, academic, and non-profit), and determine the future direction for development of wetland programs in North Carolina.  Development of a focused, long-term WPP will identify opportunities for improved efficiency and consistency in regulatory decision making, as well as increase transparency of wetland program activities and their anticipated outcomes.  In addition, a comprehensive WPP is needed to ensure that wetland monitoring activities are providing valuable data that can be used to assess wetland condition and guide restoration and protection efforts statewide.  The WPP will outline the development of wetland programs in North Carolina for the next five years and will incorporate all four Core Elements of the EPA’s Wetlands Program Framework: Monitoring and Assessment, Regulation, Voluntary Restoration and Protection, and Water Quality Standards for Wetlands.  Although not required by the EPA, the plan will also address community outreach and education and identify sustainable financing options for wetland programs.


    Further information on the EPA’s goals and guidelines for WPP development can be found on their website at


    WPP Compiled Master Document.docx

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