DENR Archive

Minimum Design Criteria Workgroup

Over the past year BASE has been a part of the Minimum Design Criteria (MDC) subcommittee created from session law last year sponsored by Rep. Chris Millis.  The committee was tasked to come up with language to allow fast-track permitting for stormwater that encompass siting, site preparation, design, construction, and maintenance of stormwater best management

NC Joins Multi-State Complaint against Federal Government on Expanded Definition of Waters of the United States

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) yesterday joined 27 other states in complaints against the federal Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, that challenge its recently published rule to expand the definition of “Waters of the United States” under the federal Clean Water Act. DENR believes the new definition would expand

DENR announces leadership changes

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Secretary Donald R. van der Vaart announced today the appointment of Tom Reeder as assistant secretary for the environment and Mary Joan Pugh as interim assistant secretary for natural resources. Reeder succeeds Mitch Gillespie, who will serve as a department liaison in the Asheville regional


Governor McCrory named Don van der Vaart the new Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. van der Vaart served as the deputy secretary of DENR. Previous DENR Sec. John Skvarla is now the Commerce Secretary replacing Sharon Decker who resigned back in December. For more information: