The Clean Water Education Partnership (CWEP) is a cooperative effort between local governments, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations to protect water quality in the Tar-Pamlico, Neuse, and Cape Fear River Basins. CWEP aims to protect North Carolina’s waterways from stormwater pollution through public education and outreach.
What We Do
CWEP helps public entities communicate the important fact that clean water is vital for healthy ecosystems and a high quality of life for area residents. It is our goal to create a unified messaging about stormwater and pollution throughout our partner regions. We accomplish this through two main avenues: in-person education at community festivals, after school programs, libraries, and classroom visits; and mass media outreach campaigns via digital, radio, television, print, and cinema ads in English and Spanish.
How We Operate
CWEP is governed by a Steering Committee that is composed of representatives from each partner jurisdiction or agency. As of 2019, there are 39 local government partners in CWEP (visit Our Parters page to see a complete list of our current partners). Together, these organizations weigh in on outreach priorities at quarterly meetings and provide the ongoing financial support for the program through member dues based on their population.
Local governments perform the most important function of CWEP: interacting with the public. CWEP helps local governments develop educational and outreach materials, allowing the partners to cooperatively achieve more than any one could individually. In addition, CWEP provides direct education at schools, libraries, camps, fairs, festivals, and more using various services and programming.
How to Join
Click on an annual report below to learn more about the impact of CWEP services in partner communities.