Dam removal represents an alternative method of compensatory mitigation managed by EEP. Throughout the state, rivers and streams historically have had their ecosystems altered by the placement of dams for water storage, power generation, industrial purposes, recreation and other uses.
Some of the dams, however, have outlived their usefulness, and also have blocked the migratory patterns or otherwise affected the viability of aquatic life. As a result, state and federal regulators have adopted policies which facilitate the removal of certain dams, and also have determined that North Carolina may receive mitigation credits for dam removal that can be used to streamline clean-water permitting.
EEP has funded dam-removal projects in the Neuse and Cape Fear river basins that have restored access to hundreds of miles of waterways for several species of fish. For details on the projects and on the subject of dam removal generally, please follow the links below.