Brooks Pierce partner Bill Cary recently served as master of ceremonies for the North Carolina Coastal Resilience Summit hosted by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) and the North Carolina Coastal Federation (NCCF). The summit was held June 11-12 at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center and was attended by over 270 people from across eastern North Carolina, including state and local officials, planners, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and private citizens.
The Resilience Summit discussed the development of the North Carolina Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan under Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 80 with a focus on the coastal region’s preparedness for the effects of climate changes including rising sea levels, increasing frequency and severity of coastal and riverine flooding, increasing extreme weather, changing groundwater conditions and other shifting natural conditions. NCDEQ is the agency charged by Cooper with preparing the state plan.
Other summit partners recognized at the summit include Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, North Carolina Sea Grant, the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuary Partnership, the Eastern Carolina Council, the Cape Fear Council of Governments, The Nature Conservancy, the Town of Nags Head, the Mid-East Commission and the University of North Carolina School of Government.
Cary’s practice focuses on a variety of environmental areas, particularly involving wetlands and the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act/State Environmental Policy Act review process, and administrative and judicial challenges to agency decisions representing both public and private entities. During an extended leave from the firm, Cary served as the general counsel of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).