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

    • 27 Feb 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • NCDOT Auditorium: 1 South Wilmington St. Raleigh, NC 27601
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    NCAEP is pleased to announce the 4th round of our lunch and learn partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District.  The meeting, NCDOT Processes and Permitting in the Wilmington District, will be held on 27 February in Raleigh, on 26 March in Charlotte, and on 30 April in Wilmington.

    Registration for the Raleigh event by COB on 26 February is required.  Lunch will be sponsored by SEPI.  Please contact Ward Marotti to learn about subsequent meetings' sponsorship opportunities and to suggest future meeting topics.

    Meeting Abstract:

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) manages one of the largest state-maintained highway systems in the country. Due to our state's economic growth, transportation improvements are constantly necessary to ensure safe and efficient travel. NCDOT is committed to providing a safe transportation system that ensures the mobility of people and goods, enhances economic prosperity, and preserves the quality of our environment and communities. 

    The Wilmington District of the Corps works closely with NCDOT to develop processes that both meet the Corps' regulatory requirements and provide streamlining for NCDOT's improvement projects.  We were one of the first states to partner on a process (now commonly used nationwide) to merge the NEPA and 404 decision-making process during project development. We continue to build on our successes by regularly introducing new efficiencies, such as updates to the NEPA/404 Merger process, the Corps' Regional General Permit #31, NCDOT's permitting processes, and NCDOT's use of programmatic agreements in Section 7 and 106 consultation.

    Monte Matthews (Corps Liaison to NCDOT) will join staff from NCDOT's Environmental Coordination and Permitting Team (Carla Dagnino, Chris Rivenbark, and Michael Turchy) and staff from NCDOT's Environmental Policy Unit (Colin Mellor and John Jamison) to discuss these topics and more. Audience questions and interaction are encouraged.

    DATE:    27 February 2020
                  Lunch:11:30 AM
                  Presentation: 12:00 PM    

    LOCATION:  NCDOT Auditorium
                        1 South Wilmington St.
                        Raleigh, NC 27601

    • 27 Feb 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Lynnwood Grill 4821 Grove Barton Rd, Raleigh, NC 27613
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    At the federal level, the Trump Administration has finalized the Waters of the United State rule (as you heard last month), and has proposed narrowing the National Environmental Policy Act. In North Carolina, state agencies are working to identify risks from sea level rise, flooding, and other climate-driven hazards, and the recovery continues from Hurricane Florence and Matthew. The NC General Assembly convenes in late April, after a 2019 session that couldn’t reach agreement with the Governor on a biennial budget, and the ongoing 2020 election cycle promises to be intense.

    Come join Grady McCallie, Policy Director at the NC Conservation Network, for a survey of major environmental issues that legislators and state regulators will be grappling with this year. Grady is Policy Director with the NC Conservation Network, where he and his colleagues work on water and air quality, resilience, transportation and energy emissions, and funding for state environmental agencies and programs.

    *NOTE: This location is at Lynn Road and Glenwood Ave/70 , not Whitaker Mill Road*

    • Social Hour starting at 5:30 PM
    • Dinner at 6:30 PM
    • Speaker at ~7:00 PM


    • 12 Mar 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Peculiar Rabbit: 1212 Pecan Ave. Charlotte, NC 28205
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     A Look at the Trump Administration’s final WOTUS definition

    in North Carolina

    Prepared by John Dorney, Moffatt & Nichol - Raleigh

    Thursday, March 12, 2020
    Peculiar Rabbit: 1212 Pecan Ave. Charlotte, NC 28205

    • Social Hour starting at 5:30 PM
    • Dinner at 6:30 PM
    • Speaker at ~7:00 PM

    Moffatt & Nichol was hired in early 2019 by the Southern Environmental Law Center to conduct an objective, science-based analysis of the proposed WOTUS definition on the extent of waters (wetlands and streams) in NC and the Southeast based on existing, public data sets.  We have now revised our report based on a pre-publication version of the final rule published on January 23, 2020.  The following results pertain to the effect of the final rule on the jurisdiction of streams and wetlands in NC and the Southeast.

    Streams – The proposed definition would remove ephemeral streams and most ditches from jurisdiction for 404 Permitting which would likely have a minor effect on the extent of stream jurisdiction in NC. We used the NC Division of Water Quality stream mapping data set to estimate the extent of intermittent and perennial channels in the state. If only perennial streams had been regulated (which was a possible outcome of the draft rule), then an average of at least 27% of the stream length statewide would no longer be regulated. The extent of jurisdictional, ephemeral stream length is unknown in NC and the Southeast.

    Wetlands - The proposed wetland definition would remove from jurisdiction wetlands that do not directly abut or do not have a direct hydrological connection with a jurisdictional channel (intermittent or perennial streams) to downstream waters.  The final rule added a few uncommon instances where wetlands could still be jurisdictional with an ephemeral channel connection. These circumstances will be discussed at the meeting. Therefore, generally wetlands connected by an ephemeral channel or ditch to downstream waters would not be regulated.  We are unable to estimate the size of the statewide reduction on wetland jurisdiction since accurate wetland and stream flow duration maps are not available in NC. However, based on an analysis of existing wetland databases and selected large projects, we conclude that there would be a major reduction in the extent of regulated wetlands in NC based on the proposed rule but the amount would vary greatly by physiographic region and wetland type. Overall, losses would be greatest in the Piedmont and Inner Coastal Plain. Wetland types with the greatest losses would likely include floodplain pools, seeps, non-riverine swamp forest, pine savanna, pine flat, headwater forest, bog, and bottomland hardwood forest communities. For instance, from one comprehensive dataset the loss of headwater forests in the piedmont and coastal plain could be 29%.

    Other issues - An analysis was also made of the impact of the proposed WOTUS definition on threatened and endangered species and this will be discussed at the meeting. We also examined several procedural issues (such as trespass needed off site to determine the type of downstream connection) and these will be discussed as well at the meeting. Finally, the EPA and Corps will need to rapidly develop field-based methods to determine the flow duration of stream channels (much like the NC Stream Identification Method) since those methods are only presently available for NC, TN, and the Pacific Northwest.


Past events

19 Feb 2020 CANCELLED: 1-Day NC WAM Wetland Type Field Class - Emphasis on Basin Wetlands
23 Jan 2020 Dinner Meeting: Proposed Waters of the United States
14 Nov 2019 USACE Lunch & Learn - Permit Applications and Information Submission Processes in the Wilmington District
12 Nov 2019 NC SAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
08 Nov 2019 NCAEP 30th Anniversary Party
30 Oct 2019 USACE Lunch and Learn - Permit Applications and Information Submission Processes in the Wilmington District
29 Oct 2019 Surface Water Identification and Training Course (SWITC)
26 Sep 2019 USACE Lunch & Learn - Permit Applications and Information Submission Processes in the Wilmington District
10 Sep 2019 North Carolina Wetland Assessment Method (NC WAM) and Training Course
28 Aug 2019 USACE Lunch & Learn - Wetland Delineation Refresher: Format/Forms/Tools, David Lekson
30 Jul 2019 1-Day NC WAM Wetland Type Field Class - Emphasis on Basin Wetlands
11 Jul 2019 Dinner Meeting - USFWS: Proposed NC T&E Listings
27 Jun 2019 USACE Lunch & Learn - Wetland Delineation Refresher: Format/Forms/Tools, David Lekson
20 Jun 2019 2019 NHP Rare Plants and Natural Communities Workshop
31 May 2019 USACE Lunch & Learn - Mitigation Update: Todd Tugwell
05 Mar 2019 RESCHEDULED - Surface Water Identification and Training Course (SWITC)
21 Feb 2019 USACE Lunch & Learn - Mitigation Update: Todd Tugwell
19 Feb 2019 RESCHEDULED - NC SAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
07 Feb 2019 Legislative Update
31 Jan 2019 Raleigh Winter Post-Holiday Social 2019
06 Dec 2018 Dinner Meeting - New North Carolina Initiatives in Climate Change and Clean Energy - Executive Order 80
26 Nov 2018 USACE Lunch & Learn - Mitigation Update: Todd Tugwell
30 Oct 2018 NC WAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
11 Oct 2018 Dinner Meeting - Bats in the Piedmont and the Impacts of White-Nose Syndrome
03 Oct 2018 Webinar: Tribal Consultation and Engagement in the Era of Streamlining
23 Aug 2018 Dinner Meeting - NCDOT Project ATLAS
19 Jul 2018 2018 NCAEP Annual Pig Pickin'
12 Jul 2018 USACE-Wilmington District Regulatory Program Update - Coordination Procedures for Federally Listed Bat Species in Western North Carolina
21 Jun 2018 Dinner Meeting - USACE: Regulatory Program Update: Introducing the Charlotte Regulatory Field Office
07 Jun 2018 2018 Rare Plant & Natural Community Identification Workshop
24 Apr 2018 NC WAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
22 Mar 2018 Dinner Meeting - Incorporating Ecosystem Services Into NEPA
01 Feb 2018 Charlotte Winter Post-Holiday Social 2018
25 Jan 2018 Raleigh Winter Post-Holiday Social 2018
09 Nov 2017 Dinner Meeting - DMS: Identifying Restoration Priorities Using the Functional Approach
02 Nov 2017 TMDL Alternatives: Category 4b Success Stories and Other Options
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
12 Mar 2013 Raleigh Webinar - ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING UNDER MAP-21 TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
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
17 Mar 2012 CLEAN JORDAN LAKE
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
22 Oct 2011 NCAEP'S BIG SWEEP AT FALLS LAKE
15 Sep 2011 2011 RARE PLANT & COMMUNITY IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP
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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