The North Carolina Division of Mitigation Services is a state Department of Environmental Quality initiative that restores and protects wetlands and waterways for future generations while offsetting unavoidable environmental damage from economic development. DMS provides assistance to NC DOT and developers seeking to comply with environmental regulations, and high-quality restoration projects that satisfy mitigation requirements conveyed to the program. From the mountains to the coast on over 600 projects, DMS works to protect more than three-million feet of stream and 76,000 acres of natural areas.
Protecting North Carolina's ecosystems is critical to maintaining the state's quality of life, its economic growth and the health and well-being of its residents. DMS works hard to ensure that cost effective mitigation alternatives succeed in order to improve the state's water resources.
DMS offers four In-Lieu Fee mitigation programs designed to assist private and public entities comply with state and federal compensatory mitigation for streams, wetlands, riparian buffers, and nutrients. DMS utilizes receipts from the programs to restore streams and wetlands where the need is greatest by working with state and local partners, including willing landowners. The N.C. Department of Transportation and other developers voluntarily use DMS to move projects forward in a timely and affordable manner.