The state recently awarded more than $2.2 million in grants for 37 projects that will help North Carolina towns and counties restore streams, reduce erosion, study future water supplies and benefit other water resources.
The N.C. Division of Water Resources awarded $2,244,877 as a part of its 2014 spring 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:
– Ashe County New River Soil and Water a $65,000 grant for a stream restoration project at Bowlin-Peak Creek;
– Bladen County Soil and Water a $4,000 grant for the Butter-Richardson community drainage study;
– Burgaw a $25,000 grant for a stormwater management plan;
– Haywood County Soil and Water a $1,500 grant for a water management project adjacent to Raccoon Creek;
– Haywood County Soil and Water a $23,948 grant for a stream restoration project on Richland Creek;
– Henderson County a $199,000 grant for the second phase of a dam removal on the Big Hungry River;
– Jonesville a $41,750 grant for the second phase of the Yadkin River Greenway Bridge;
– Lenoir a $50,000 grant for a downtown stormwater facility at Harper Avenue;
– Wilmington a $45,000 grant for waterfront planning;
– Washington County a $19,000 grant for the Lake Phelps Hydrologic Study.
The state awarded $756,788 in funding for the shallow draft navigation channel and lake dredging projects in Brunswick, Carteret, Dare and Mecklenburg counties. A total of $1,013,891 was awarded to soil and water conservation districts in Alleghany, Alexander, Avery, Buncombe, Lincoln, Macon, McDowell, Polk, Surry, Watauga and Yadkin counties as part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
The EQIP program is part of the N.C. Natural Resources Conservation Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Press Release, August 15, 2014