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for Water Resources Research Institute News Vol. Issue 339, Jan/Feb 2003
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The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) alters more wetlands and riparian areas and undertakes more compensatory mitigation than any other single entity in the state. In March 2002, the second of two reports on evaluation of mitigation sites and the mitigation program was published. The East Carolina University researchers who conducted the evaluation discussed significant weaknesses in NCDOT’s mitigation program and offered recommendations for restoration and improvement.
The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission directed the Division of Water Resources to conduct a Capacity Use Investigation of the area in and around Bladen County, and to provide a report and recommendations. Dewatering of the Upper Cape Fear Aquifer underlying the area appears to be imminent, and without declaring a Capacity Use Area, the Commission has no authority to limit groundwater withdrawals from the aquifer.
According to the North Carolina Drought Monitoring Council, above-normal precipitation since September associated with the El Niño warm event in the Pacific has significantly reversed drought conditions across North Carolina. The State Climate Office expects above normal precipitation through the spring, which should allow water supplies across the state to be in much better condition than last year.