Disaster Response - Stream Debris Removal
The complex network of streams, canals and ditches that make up the drainage network in eastern North Carolina are critical to protect the people, property and economy of the region. In many locations this drainage network has been significantly affected by vegetative storm debris resulting from Hurricanes Irene (2011), Sandy (2012), and Arthur (2014), tornadoes that hit the region in 2011 and 2014, and a devastating ice storm in 2014. The division has received two grant awards from DENR's Division of Water Resources totaling $850,000 to support the project, and it has directed $140,000 of other watershed project funds to address these critical needs.
Phase III Funding Available
The division is now soliciting applications from local government entities for assistance under Phase III of the Stream Debris Removal Project. Approximately $230,000 is available to allocate to local government sponsors in Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Martin, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties.
Interested local government entities should submit an Application for Phase III of Stream Debris Removal Project. Applications must be postmarked, faxed, or emailed on or before 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 21, 2014 to be eligible.
Summary of Phases I and II
The division solicited applications from local sponsors for grants to address high priority stream debris removal needs. Twenty-seven local government entities have submitted applications for 38 debris removal projects affecting over 339 stream miles. The applicants requested a total of over $3.75 million.
The above photgraphs depict Rowland Creek (Beaufort County) before and after the project..
To date, the Division has executed agreements with 23 local sponsors. Stream debris removal work is now underway or has been completed in the following locations:
The division and local sponsors continue to seek additional funding to address stream debris in these affected areas.