The state is asking for public comment on a proposed plan to administer $100.5 million in federal funds appropriated in the state budget for stormwater projects.
Through the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Infrastructure, the money is for cities, counties, their regional councils of government and nonprofit partners for projects to improve or create infrastructure for controlling stormwater quantity and quality.
The proposed plan describes how the funds will be administered, eligibility requirements, and draft priority rating systems for both stormwater construction projects and stormwater planning projects. The proposed plan may be viewed online.
The state is accepting comments until 5 p.m. June 3. Submit comments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Comments on Division of Water Infrastructure Proposed Plan for Stormwater Funding” in the subject line, or by mail to Cathy Akroyd, Division of Water Infrastructure, 1633 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27603.
The grants are administered from the Local Assistance for Stormwater Infrastructure Investments fund.
The money must be spent by the end of 2026.
The funding is part of the $1.69 billion appropriated by the North Carolina General Assembly from the state’s allocation of the American Rescue Plan Act for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater investments. Information about the drinking water, wastewater and stormwater funding administered by the Division of Water Infrastructure is available at: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-infrastructure