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Stormwater Mitigation Funds Available

DARE COUNTY —  Landowners interested in implementing best management practices, or BMPs, to decrease stormwater runoff and protect water quality can apply for funding through the Community Conservation Assistance Program.

Rain gardens are effective, attractive and low-cost way to reduce the flow of stormwater runoff. Photo: N.C. Coastal Federation

Officials with the Dare Soil and Water Conservation District announced Thursday that the department is seeking applicants for the Community Conservation Assistance Program through which eligible landowners such as homeowners, businesses, schools, parks and publicly owned lands could receive financial assistance of up to 75% of the preestablished average cost of the BMP.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 19 and will be ranked based on area water quality priorities and impaired water bodies.

The  voluntary, incentive-based program is designed to improve water quality through the installation of various BMPs on urban, suburban and rural lands not directly involved with agriculture production but not directly intended to improve drainage concerns, according to the county.

BMPs include using cisterns, rain gardens, permeable pavement, grassed swales, structural conveyance and shoreline protection practices to mitigate stormwater runoff, the No. 1 pollutant of coastal waters.

For application assistance or questions, please contact Ann Daisey at the Dare Soil and Water Conservation District office 252-475-5628.

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