Disaster Response - Stream Debris Removal

Stream Debris - Bertie   Chowan - Pollock Swamp

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.

Rowlands Creek (Beaufort Co.) BeforeRowland Creek After

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:

County Local Sponsor Debris Removal Project Area
Beaufort Beaufort Soil and Water Conservation District Rowland Creek; Bear Creek
Bertie Bertie County Flat Swamp; Bud Branch
Camden Albemarle Soil & Water Conservation District (Camden Office) Run Swamp Canal; Upper Pasquotank River
Carteret Carteret Soil & Water Conservation District Upper Newport River; Harlowe Creek Canal
Chowan Pollock Swamp Drainage District Pollock Swamp Drainage District main and laterals
Chowan Albemarle Soil & Water Conservation District (Edenton Office) Upper Rocky Hock Creek; Pollock Swamp
Craven Craven Soil & Water Conservation District Swift Creek; Bachelor Creek
Currituck Albemarle Soil & Water Conservation District (Currituck Office) Hog Bridge Ditch
Dare Dare Soil & Water Conservation District Wanchese Post Office Canal
Duplin Duplin Soil & Water Conservation District Muddy Creek
Hertford, Bertie, Northampton Bertie, Hertford, Northampton Drainage District #1 Ahoskie Creek
Hertford Hertford Drainage District #1 Horse Swamp and Flat Swamp
Hyde Hyde Soil & Water Conservation District portions of Rutman and Smith Creek; Outfall Canal
Jones County of Jones Trent River
Martin Martin County Sweet Water Creek; Ready Branch; Ross Swamp
Onslow Onslow County White Oak River; Blue Creek; Southwest Creek
Pamlico Pamlico Soil & Water Conservation District Goose Creek - East and West Forks
Pasquotank Pasquotank County - Newland Watershed Service District Pasquotank River; Little River
Perquimans Bear Swamp Drainage District Bear Swamp Drainage District main channel

Albemarle Soil & Water Conservation District (Hertford Office)

Upper Perquimans River


Tyrrell County Southwest Fork Creek; Pinner Canal
Tyrrell Town of Columbia Boush Harrell Canal, North Boundary Canal; Cypress Street Canal; Grindle Hill Canal
Washington Washington County Kendricks & Mackeys Creek

The division and local sponsors continue to seek additional funding to address stream debris in these affected areas.


NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation, Pat Harris, Director
Mailing Address: 1614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1614
Physical Address: 512 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh North Carolina 27604
Phone: 919.733.2302; FAX: 919.715.3559