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Expanding the use of Biological Contral as a Mitigation Tool for Control of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in Western North Carolina
Lead Researchers: James Costa and Peter Bates, Western Carolina University; Steven Turner, NCDACS-BIL

This project is a partnership effort between Western Carolina University and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

UNC Jordan Lake Study Final Report
Following a three-year study of Jordan Lake commissioned by the North Carolina legislature, a team of university researchers has submitted a final report, which includes management recommendations. The report examines the current state of the lake, evaluates water quality strategies and identifies new funding and policy opportunities.
Increasing Energy Conversion Efficiency in Solar Panels
Lead Researcher: Michael D. Aitken, Ph.D., UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health

This project brief examines how the accumulation of microorganisms on solar panels may be impacting their efficiency.

Federal and State Responses to PFAS Contamination
This brief provides an overview of activities, both regulatory and monitoring, that federal and state agencies are implementing in response to current and potential contamination from Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Helping Local Governments Respond to Drinking Water Incidents
Lead Researchers: Jill Moore, UNC School of Government and Emily Williamson Gangi, ncIMPACT Initiative

A panel of experts from government, academia, and public health participated in the Drinking Water Working Group for the purposes of compiling a toolkit to assist local governments in responding to drinking water incidents.

Emerging Contaminants in the Cape Fear Region: University Collaborations on Environmental, Drinking Water Supply and Human Health Effects
This proceedings document from the forum provides a summary of the PFAST Network project and outlines plans for upcoming research.
The Economics of Increasing Registration Fees for Electric Vehicles
Lead Researchers: Heather Brutz and Allison Carr, North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center

The study analyzes data provided by the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles to assess how comparable the revenue created by the current and potential registration fees on electric vehicles is to conventional gasoline taxes.

North Carolina Strategic Plan for Shellfish Mariculture
Lead Faculty Researcher: Joel Fodrie, UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences

The mariculture plan was developed to grow the state’s shellfish industry to $100 million by 2030. The mariculture plan was mandated by the North Carolina General Assembly and developed by a large group of stakeholders during 2018.

The Economic Impact of Invasive Species on Native Hemlocks
Lead Faculty Researcher: John C. Whitehead, Department of Economics, Appalachian State University

The hemlock economic impact report estimates the negative effect of the wooly adelgid on property values and tourism revenue in western North Carolina.

Energy Storage Options For North Carolina
Lead Faculty Researcher: Joe DeCarolis, North Carolina State University

The energy storage report assesses the cost and benefits of various energy storage technologies. The study was directed by the North Carolina General Assembly in House bill 589 to address how energy storage technologies may or may not provide value to North Carolina consumers.

Are Floodplain Buyouts A Smart Investment For Local Governments?
Lead Faculty Researchers: David Salvesen, Todd BenDor, UNC-Chapel Hill

The floodplain buyout report is intended to assess the fiscal impacts of floodplain buyouts on municipalities. Case studies from several flood-prone areas in North Carolina were analyzed and properties were mapped to determine net fiscal impacts of floodplain buyout projects.