North Carolina boasts unique environmental resources from the mountains to the coast and places in between. These resources provide benefits such as drinking water, agriculture, recreation, and economic opportunities. They also require stewardship, infrastructure, and protection and local governments and agencies must finance those services in collaboration with the state. The School of Government’s Environmental Finance Center works with communities to implement strategies that help answer the basic “how will we pay” questions at the heart of successful environmental protection. The ncIMPACT Initiative seeks to complement their valuable work.
The ncIMPACT Initiative coordinated development of the NC Drinking Water Incident Response Toolkit by the Drinking Water Working Group, a 22-member group composed of representatives of drinking water utilities; local government agencies, including public health, emergency management, and environmental services and engineering; local government administration; state public health and water quality agencies; and faculty with relevant subject matter expertise. The North Carolina Drinking Water Incident Response Toolkit provides a set of practical tools to assist North Carolina local governments in responding to incidents affecting drinking water for residents in their jurisdictions. The team also shares local innovations statewide regarding environmental issues such as energy poverty, renewable energy, outdoor economic strategies, and resiliency efforts.
- ncIMPACT Town Hall on the Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation
- Drinking Water Incident Response Toolkit Now Available Online
- Helping Local Governments Respond to Drinking Water Incidents
- Renewable Energy in Rural Communities