Thursday, August 18, 2022

County, environmental organizations to host flood prevention workshop

Flooding in Odgen during Hurricane Dorian was not quite as bad as Florence, but still raising questions for residents (Port City Daily/Michael Praats)
Flooding in Odgen during Hurricane Dorian. (Port City Daily/File)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Originally scheduled to take place last December, the county has rescheduled a workshop concentrating on stormwater management and flooding prevention of local wetlands.

Hosted by the New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District, Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve, Alliance for Cape Fear Trees, Wilmington Tree Commission, and the N.C. Cooperative Extension, the workshop will take place May 6.

The county encourages attendees to sign up now, including “local government personnel in planning, stormwater engineering and environmental positions; consultants in the fields of planning, stormwater engineering and environmental assessments; land developers; real estate professionals and anyone else with an interest in wetland conversions to development uses.”

It will provide a primer on wetland ecosystems, including definitions and characteristics. The presentation will address northern New Hanover County, specifically — 20 miles of the area poorly drains since it is a large contiguous wetland ecosystem, much of which is subject to regulation by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Taking place from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., the workshop will cover drainage, stormwater, and flooding prevention in residential and commercial areas. Principles, practices, and regulations will be discussed as well.

There is a limited number of seats but registration is open. It’s $10 and includes lunch; register here. Participants will also receive a thumb drive with all presentations from the day. 

Questions can be directed to Dru Harrison at drharrison@nhcgov.com.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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