15A NCAC 02R .0202       COMPONENTS

(a)  The Basinwide Restoration Plans for each of the 17 major river basins shall consist of the following components:

(1)           an assessment of the existing wetlands and riparian area resources within each basin;

(2)           an assessment of the existing needs of the river basin as identified by the Department with input from other state and federal agencies, local governments, institutions of higher learning, non-profit organizations and the general public;

(3)           identification of areas that have the potential, if restored or enhanced, to contribute to the goals of the Basinwide Restoration Plans;

(4)           identification of wetland and reparian areas that have the potential, if preserved, to contribute to the goals of the Basinwide Restoration Plans;

(5)           prioritization of the areas identified in Subparagraphs (3) and (4) of this Paragraph based on the area's ability to contribute to the specific goals of the Basinwide Restoration Plans and the needs of each river basin as identified in Subparagraph (2) of this Paragraph; and

(6)           an outline of the specific goal to be accomplished through implementation of the Basinwide Restoration Plan.

(b)  During the period July 1, 1997 through June 30, 2002, the Department may develop and implement Basinwide Restoration Plans that include only the following information:

(1)           an assessment of the existing needs of the river basin as identified by the Department with input from other state and federal agencies, local governments, institutions of higher learning, non-profit organizations and the general public;

(2)           identification of areas that have the potential, if restored or enhanced, to contribute to the specific goals of the Basinwide Restoration Plans;

(3)           prioritization of the areas identified in Subparagraph (2) of this Paragraph based on the area's ability to contribute to the goals of the Basinwide Restoration Plans and the needs of each river basin as identified in Subparagraph (b)(1) of this Rule;

(4)           identification of wetland and riparian areas that have the potential, if preserved, to contribute to the goals of the Basinwide Restoration Plans; and

(5)           an outline of the specific goals to be accomplished through implementation of the Basinwide Restoration Plan.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143-214.10; 143-215.3;

Eff. August 1, 1998.