Local governments have until 5 p.m. March 8 to submit an application to fund coastal storm recovery projects such as ocean beach renourishment or artificial dunes.
The state budget included $10 million for the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Division of Water Resources Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation Fund.
Funding through the program can only be used for costs associated with beach nourishment, artificial dunes and other projects designed to mitigate or remediate coastal storm damage to ocean beaches and dune systems of the state. Projects must be cost-shared on a one-to-one basis.
All applications will be evaluated to determine if the proposed beach nourishment or dune project meets the minimum requirements. They will be ranked according to six criteria: environmental benefits; social benefits; economic benefits; life of the project; financial resources and project efficiency, officials said.
To read more about the criteria used to select the recipients, go to the guidelines on the department’s website.
For more information regarding the application process, please contact Kevin Hart, senior environmental specialist with the Division of Water Resources, at 919-707-3607, or Kevin.Hart@deq.nc.gov.