Community Conservation Assistance Program
The NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR), Division of Water Quality has identified nonpoint source pollution as the primary source of degradation of freshwater rivers and streams in North Carolina. About eight percent of North Carolina's freshwater rivers and streams are impaired according to the 2006 Integrated Report. The most widespread nonpoint pollution sources are agriculture, urban runoff, and construction. Sediment is the most common cause of water quality degradation. According to local water quality monitoring and national research, single-family residences, commercial developments and institutional sites can negatively impact water quality by contributing nonpoint source pollution.
Through the strong support of district supervisors, the NC. Soil and Water Conservation Commission received authorizing legislation to establish the Community Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP) through Session Law 2006-78. The key to the success of the CCAP will be funding and education.