Publications

Building Change towards Full Cost Water: Lessons from the Rate Setting Process

To ensure the country's changing water demands and evolving environmental challenges are met, the water industry must find new strategies and partners to map a new way forward. A new paper by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions highlights the importance of rate setting strategy. By analyzing disparate rate cases, the authors show that common strategies can exist with regard to rate setting procedures no matter how different the utility.

Climate Ready Estuaries: A Blueprint for Change

Initially conceived as an outreach pilot to increase public and local government awareness in five counties of the Albemarle-Pamlico region, our Blueprint summarizes the initial outreach efforts, includes findings and recommendations for increasing the region’s climate resilience, compiles a resource of up-to-date science on sea-level rise impacts, and serves as a first step in educating the public and decision makers about the opportunities and challenges of becoming a climate ready estuary.

2008 Report of the Water Allocation Study of the NC Environmental Review Commission

The central problem with water allocation in North Carolina is that the historically ample water supply makes it difficult to see the importance of proactive measures to guard against future shortages. The state uses water like a person who has no budget spends money. The only legal limit on using water, outside the capacity use area, is a vague requirement to "be reasonable."

 

The Future of Water in North Carolina: Strategies for Sustaining Clean and Abundant Water - Conference Report

On March 1, 2007, Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions convened the conference "The Future of Water in North Carolina: Strategies for Sustaining Abundant and Clean Water." Approximately 200 people attended representing a diverse mix of local and state government, industries, consulting firms, universities and environmental organizations. Experts from a variety of fields and regions presented strategies for managing water resources.

The Future of Water in North Carolina: Strategies for Sustaining Clean and Abundant Water - Pre-conference Report

Clean and healthy water resources in North Carolina and the Southeast states provide much of what we all enjoy: lush green forests, rich farmlands, running creeks and rivers with fish, turtles and frogs and estuaries among the most productive in the world. The waters upon which North Carolinians depend are abundant, so much so that in the past we have drained water-rich places to promote agriculture and development. But our water resources are also undervalued and under pressure. As the state's population grows and our forests and farmland make way for development, clean water may become a much more valued commodity.