This essay ... will trace the evolution and legislative history of modern environmental policy declarations and their interaction with earlier conservation policy declarations. It will also examine two topics that illustrate the evolution of environmental policy through legislation on subjects that are important elements of environmental law: interbasin transfers of water and intergovernmental pollution control law (the "Hardison Amendments"). These two topics were selected to illustrate policy developments reflected in the legislation itself rather than in policy declarations because each of them has had significant legal and political consequences.
Milton S. Heath Jr. and Alex L. Hess III, The Evolution of Modern North Carolina Environmental and Conservation Policy Legislation, 29 Campbell L. Rev. 535 (2007).