The NC Wetlands Restoration Program (NCWRP) is an innovative, non-regulatory program established by the NC General Assembly in 1996 to restore wetlands, streams and streamside (riparian) areas throughout the state. The goals of the NCWRP are:
To protect and improve water quality through restoration of wetland, stream and riparian area functions and values lost through historic, current and future impacts.
To achieve a net increase in wetland acreage, functions and values in all of North Carolina's major river basins.
To Promote a comprehensive approach for the protection of natural resources.
To provide a consistent approach to address compensatory mitigation requirements associated with wetland, stream, and buffer regulations, and to increase the ecological effectiveness of compensatory mitigation projects.