A Watershed Protection Audit of Development Policy in Raleigh, North Carolina
Watershed protection maintains environmental quality by filtering air and water pollutants, protecting wildlife habitat, mitigates flood hazards and reduces strain on treatment facilities. This project incorporates principles of smart growth and watershed management to develop a new auditing tool that evaluates how well development policies contribute to watershed protection. This tool uses a checklist, based on indicators or characteristics of watershed protection, to identify strengths and weaknesses in development policies. An analysis of Raleigh’s development policies, based on preliminary results from this watershed protection audit, indicates that current policies do not sufficiently address watershed protection.
A more extensive analysis, completed by the city over a longer time period, would identify specific areas of concern and gaps in policy implementation or enforcement. This project also outlines steps for the future use of this tool in Raleigh, discusses the information necessary to implement this audit, and outlines the challenges that will need to be addressed during the audit and the implementation of new policies.
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:watershed policy audit
Date of Publication:04/22/2008