Sarah Bodin, front right, of the North Carolina Coastal Federation assists students from the Career Management class at Swansboro High School in building a rain garden Tuesday at Swansboro’s town hall. The work to capture rainwater and reduce the amount of polluted runoff reaching nearby waterways is part of a larger project funded in part by the Section 319 Grant Program of the Clean Water Act.
The Onslow County Soil and Water Conservation District provided the local funding match for the project, along with funding two cisterns that will be attached to the town’s public works building and the fire station to collect roof runoff for later use. Funding for the project to date has been about $4,000 for cisterns and about $2,000 for rain gardens. Photo: Mark Hibbs