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Thursday, May 23, 2024

State agency to dole out $10M for coastal storm damage projects 

Erosion beneath the Surf City Ocean Pier after a Northeaster hit Topsail Island in November, causing escarpments along the dunes and wiping out recently built emergency berms. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)
The DEC’s Division of Water Resources is accepting applications for projects, like ocean beach renourishment or artificial dunes. Applications should be submitted by 5 p.m. on March 8. (Port City Daily/File)

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Division of Water Resources plans to issue $10 million to coastal towns that need help with storm recovery projects.

The DEQ’s Division of Water Resources is accepting applications for projects, like ocean beach renourishment or artificial dunes. Applications should be submitted by 5 p.m. on March 8. 

Applicants will be selected based on their ability to meet minimum requirements and ranking according to six criteria. The Division of Water quality will assess the plans according to environmental, social and economic benefits, as well as by assessing the life of the project, financial resources and project efficiency. 

According to General Statute 143-215.73M and 15A NCAC 01T.0300, the funds allotted can only be used for cost associated with beach nourishment, artificial dunes and other projects designed to mitigate or remediate coastal storm damage to ocean beaches and dune systems of the state. Projects must also be cost-shared on a one-to-one basis, per General Statute 143-215.73M.

More information on the application process can be found by contacting Kevin Hart at 919-707-3607 or Kevin.Hart@deq.nc.gov.


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Shea Carver
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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