wetland losses and gains and compensatory mitigation. The report must also provide an accounting of receipts and disbursements of the WRF, an analysis of the per-acre cost of wetlands restoration, and a cost comparison on a per-acre basis between the NCWRP and private mitigation banks.
The Basinwide Wetlands and Riparian Restoration Plan contains the following information: a statement of the restoration goals for each river basin; a map of each priority subbasin showing water-quality information, watershed boundaries, and land cover by type (agricultural, forested, or developed); a narrative overview of the river basin, including general information on existing water-quality-related problems; summary information on natural resources; descriptions of each priority subbasin; and data on wetland impacts.
The NCWRP completed all 17 basinwide wetlands and riparian restoration plans in 1998. Update plans are scheduled to be reviewed and revised in accordance with the Division of Water Quality's 5-year revision schedule for basinwide water-quality plans. LWPs are currently being developed. Since execution of the first contract in 1998, the NCWRP has 37 restoration projects in different stages of development that together will restore an estimated 61 ac of wetlands and 99,637 linear feet of stream and 219 ac of streamside buffers. The NCWRP is in its infancy, and implementation of projects is relatively recent. Little success of restoration targeted wetland functions has yet to be quantified on any project; however, development of basinwide wetland and riparian restoration plans, local watershed plans, and implementation of restoration projects is proceeding on schedule.