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Securing Water Supplies for Future Growth in North Carolina

Securing adequate water for future growth and development is an essential need of local governments. In order to ensure adequate access to future water supplies, a fundamental step is the development and/or enhancement of a Local Water Supply Plan (“Local Plan”). Local Plans include water use data, population projections, and present and future water supplies. In North Carolina, N.C. Gen. Stat. § 143-355(l) requires all local governments (or large community …Read More

Protecting Utilities with a Practical, Cost-Effective Cybersecurity Program

Key takeaways Utilities are frequently targeted by cyber-attackers because they represent a critical component of infrastructure and are aggregating large quantities. Utilities of all sizes are a target, particularly in view of their increased reliance on data and proliferation of ransomware that can disable or disrupt services. “It is a technical issue, and we have good IT” is not an answer. Even the best IT is vulnerable. Technical assessments alone …Read More

North Carolina Investing in the Oyster Industry

North Carolina is investing in the oyster industry and hoping for big results. The Oyster industry has been wildly successful in Virginia, and if done properly in North Carolina, promises to bring jobs, boost tourism and clean the environment. According to the N.C. Sound Economic Development Summit hosted by the N.C. Coastal Federation in March, 2017, the oyster industry is doubling every five years in the United States. Not only …Read More