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  • 03 Jan 2023 9:27 AM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    On December 30, 2022, the agencies announced the final "Revised Definition of 'Waters of the United States'" rule which will be effective 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register. The agencies developed this rule with consideration of the relevant provisions of the Clean Water Act and the statute as a whole, relevant Supreme Court case law, and the agencies’ technical expertise after more than 45 years of implementing the longstanding pre-2015 “waters of the United States” framework. This rule also considers the best available science and extensive public comment to establish a definition of “waters of the United States” that supports public health, environmental protection, agricultural activity, and economic growth. More information about the final rule is available below.

    Press release:

    Pre-publication of the final notice:

  • 22 Aug 2022 6:34 PM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    NCAEP is happy to announce that a donation was made to the Howell Woods Operational Fund of Johnston County Community College as a thank you for hosting the April 2022 NC Wetland Assessment Method Class. The donation will go toward providing students with high-quality educational opportunities to achieve their educational and career goals.

  • 28 Mar 2022 5:45 PM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    Due to an amazing response to the release of the Common Wetland Plants Guide, economy and premium versions of the guide are available on Amazon!

    Links to these versions are available here:

    The PDF version is free and can also be found at the link above.

  • 07 Feb 2022 8:30 AM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    The Final Regional Conditions for the reissuance of 40 existing nationwide permits (NWPs) and 1 new NWP, in the Wilmington District have been announced. The proposed Regional Conditions for these NWPs in the Wilmington District are Final, as per approval by and signature of the South Atlantic Division Engineer, 31 January 2022. These 41 NWPs will go into effect on February 25, 2022, and will expire on March 14, 2026. For more information and to read the release, go to:

  • 07 Dec 2021 12:54 PM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    May 16-19
    Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Registration is now open for the NAEP 2022 Annual Conference & Training Symposium! For more information and to register, click here!

    Enthusiastic environmental professionals from across the country gather each year at the NAEP Annual Conference & Training Symposium to share in the opportunity to learn about new projects, share technical knowledge, network with other industry professionals, engage with leaders in environmental technologies and practice.

    After two years taking the conference virtual, the NAEP Conference Committee and the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals are excited to welcome you to the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort in Florida, May 16–19, 2022!

  • 25 Aug 2021 9:54 AM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    The full text of this Public Notice can be found at the following link:

    The Division of Water Resources (DWR) invites public comment on its draft 401 Water Quality General Certifications (GCs) that it may reissue as part of its consideration of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Wilmington District (USACE) proposed reissuance of ten Regional General Permits (RGPs) and one Programmatic General Permit (PGP), collectively, “General Permits” (GPs). On March 29, 2021, the USACE provided notice of its proposal to modify and reissue these current GPs.

    The public is invited to comment in writing to the DWR on the documents described above.  Comments should be emailed to:; please include “401GCs” in the email’s subject line.  Alternatively, comments may be mailed to the NC Division of Water Resources, Attn: Sue Homewood, 450 W. Hanes Mill Rd., Winston-Salem, NC, 27107. Comments must be received no later than close of business on September 24, 2021.

  • 19 May 2021 4:03 PM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    The target audience for this workshop would include experienced NEPA planners, managers, decision-makers, environmental engineers/scientists/ specialists, consultants, regulators, applicants and attorneys who require an in-depth understanding of NEPA law, policy, and project management within their area of environmental expertise, especially those who serve on NEPA interdisciplinary teams, work with NEPA planners, or those who review/edit NEPA documents. This workshop will also benefit those professionals who work in related natural resource disciplines who work with federal land management or real estate transactions, federal agency projects or permitting, and transportation or other infrastructure projects with a NEPA review component.

    Thank you to our Advanced NEPA Workshop Committee!

    Marie Campbell, Michael Drummond, Pam Hudson, Lisa Mahoney, Chuck Nicholson, Michelle Rau, Michael Smith, Laura Thorne, and Fred Wagner

    For more information and to register, please visit:

  • 22 Feb 2021 9:48 AM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    Registration is open for the NAEP 2021 Conference & Training Symposium! The event will be held virtually once again this year, and with a slightly lighter load to better suit your schedule. To view the schedule at-a-glance, click here. To register for this event, click here.

  • 06 Nov 2020 9:32 AM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    This joint NAEP–ACRA webinar brings together cultural heritage and NEPA practitioners and attorneys to unpack the new NEPA definitions of Direct and Indirect Impacts, and Effects and discuss how these changes affect cultural resources review under Section 106 and NEPA. The panelists, Mathew Adams, Michael D. Smith Ph.D., and Heather Miller, Ph.D., along with moderator Marion Werkheiser, will highlight the recent James River transmission line court ruling (National Parks Conservation Association et al vs. Semonite) as a backdrop for the discussion. The panelists ask, “how would the James River court ruling be different under the new definitions?” The panelists will recap the court case, look at the new vs. old language and how it might have affected the ruling and its impact on future cases. They briefly present the history of the NEPA–106 process, assess traditional understandings of NHPA, and discuss how the new definition of effects will change consideration of cultural resources.

    Marion Werkheiser ties it all together and outlines several caveats and teaching points for moving forward (or is it back?) with a “modernized” approach.

    For more information and to register, click here.

  • 23 Oct 2020 8:14 AM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    Experienced NEPA planners, managers, decision-makers, environmental engineers/scientists/ specialists, consultants, regulators, applicants and attorneys who require an in-depth understanding of the New Final Rule: “Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act," NEPA law, policy, and project management are invited to register for the NAEP Advanced National Environmental Policy Act Workshop.

    NAEP will host the workshop four times, once in each of four time zones. You only need to register for one workshop as the content is the same for all dates. 

    Workshops begin at 8:00 AM in their respective time zones. Please plan to attend the workshop that best accommodates your schedule.

    Register for the workshop here!


     Time Zone

    Friday, October 23, 2020


    Tuesday, November 10, 2020


    Monday, November 16, 2020


    Thursday, December 3, 2020



    • NAEP Members: $225
    • Non-Member Government: $275
    • Non-Member Chapter-Only: $315
    • Non-Members: $350

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