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Storm Recovery Funds Available through DEQ

Dunes in North Topsail Beach were washed over and the sand was transported landward during Hurricane Florence, covering the road and driveways. Photo: U.S. Geological Survey

The state Department of Environmental Quality announced Wednesday that it is accepting until April 30 project applications for $11.5 million in funding to help coastal cities and towns recover from hurricane damage.

The funding comes from Session Law 2019-224, which allocated $11.5 million to the Division of Water Resources’ Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation Fund. To read more about the criteria used to select the recipients, visit the department’s website.

The funds are to be used for costs associated with beach nourishment, artificial dunes and other projects to mitigate or remediate coastal storm damage to ocean beaches and dune systems in the state, according to General Statute 143-215.73M. Funding is available of up to $2.5 million per unit of local government that meets the application requirements, with no cost-share required.

All applications will be evaluated to determine if the proposed beach nourishment or dune project meets the minimum requirements and will be ranked according to six criteria: environmental benefits, social benefits, economic benefits, life of the project, financial resources and project efficiency.

For more information regarding the application process, contact Coley Cordeiro with the Division of Water Resources at 919-707-9013, or coley.cordeiro@ncdenr.gov.

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