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DCM Seeks Comments on Resilience Program

Stormwater flooding after Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 was widespread in Nags Head, including here at N.C. 12 and East Soundside Road near Mulligan’s Grille. Photo: Catherine Kozak

MOREHEAD CITY – What’s your idea of a community that’s more resilient to the effects of climate change? The North Carolina Division of Coastal Management wants to know.

The division is seeking public comment on the draft North Carolina Resilient Coastal Communities Program.

DCM hosted webinars to solicit feedback Tuesday and on Aug. 18. Written comments will be accepted until Aug. 31.

The division is reaching out to local governments in the 20 coastal counties and others, including planning consultants, councils of government, academia, nongovernment organizations, protected land managers and the public.

The program, funded through the North Carolina General Assembly and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, aims to help overcome barriers in coastal resilience and adaptation planning, boost local government capacity, and support a proactive, sustainable and equitable approach to coastal resilience planning and project implementation.

Local governments throughout the 20 coastal counties will be eligible to apply for direct technical assistance and grant funding from DCM to complete phases within the resilience framework.

Submit comments

  • Comments may be submitted via email to, include “N.C. Resilient Coastal Communities Program” in the subject line.
  • For additional details, contact Samantha Burdick at

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