November 8, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — Gov. Bev Perdue announced today that $750,000 in grants have been awarded for 13 projects that will help North Carolina towns and counties restore streams, reduce erosion, study storm water management and benefit other water resources.
“Protecting the environment makes North Carolina more attractive to residents and businesses,” Gov. Perdue said. “These improvements in our rivers and lakes are crucial in our efforts to recruit new jobs to North Carolina and to maintain the outstanding quality of life we’ve come to expect.”
The N.C. Division of Water Resources awarded the funds as a part of its 2012 fall grant cycle for the Water Resources Development Project Grant Program. Money for the grants was generated by appropriations from the General Assembly.
The division awarded:
• Alamance County a $75,000 grant to purchase additional park acreage and develop water-based recreation amenities at Cedarock Park.
• Avery County a $75,000 grant to stabilize an eroding streambank along the Linville River.
• Catawba County a $75,000 grant to make required safety repairs to the Maiden Lake dam and spillway.
• Dare County a $60,000 grant to help the town of Manteo dredge a 1,200-foot navigation channel in Scarboro Creek that connects the Peninsula subdivision to Shallowbag Bay.
• Dare County a $90,000 grant to help the town of Manteo dredge a 650-foot navigation channel that connects the North Channel to Pirates Cove Marina.
• Henderson County a $125,000 grant to help the Henderson Soil and Water Conservation District stabilize 2,300 feet of eroding streambank along Mill Pond Creek at Rugby Middle School.
• Macon County a $25,000 grant to help the Macon Soil and Water Conservation District stabilize 250 feet of eroding streambank along Dryman Fork Creek.
• Pamlico County a $10,000 grant to help the town of Bayboro develop a stormwater master plan that will identify infrastructure maintenance and replacement needs.
• Surry County a $30,000 grant to help the Surry Soil and Water Conservation District stabilize 3,483 feet of eroding streambank along Horne Creek.
• Transylvania County an $85,000 grant to help the Transylvania County Soil and Water Conservation District stabilize 1,027 feet of eroding streambank along the French Broad River.
• Wake County a $10,750 grant to help the town of Wendell implement a stormwater collection system feasibility study of the Lake Drive neighborhood.
• Wilkes County a $58,250 grant to help the town of Wilkesboro install stormwater runoff management structures at Cub Creek Park.
• The Clean Water Management Trust Fund $31,000 to develop a web-based interface that will allow local governments, planners, consulting engineers, or any interested party calculate safe drinking water yield at various risk levels.
The water resources program provides cost-share grants and technical assistance on a competitive basis to local governments in North Carolina. Applications are accepted for general and recreational navigation, water management, stream restoration, beach protection, land acquisition and development of water-based recreation facilities.
There are typically two grant cycles per fiscal year with application deadlines of July 1 and Jan. 1. Units of local government and local political subdivisions are eligible for these grants. The full list of grant recipients can be found at http://www.ncwater.org/Financial_Assistance/. For more information, contact Jeff Bruton, grant project coordinator with the N.C. Division of Water Resources, at 919-707-9006, or jeff.bruton (at) ncdenr (dot) gov.