By Outer Banks Voice on October 27, 2020
The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Resources (DWR) is awarding a total of nearly $9 million dollars to six Dare County communities for projects related to the damage caused by Hurricane Florence, which struck in September 2018. The awards from the Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation Fund will fund beach nourishment, dune restoration, and other projects to remediate storm damage.
The Division of Water Resources’ Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation Fund is funded by Session Law 2019-224 which allocated $11.5 million for costs associated with beach nourishment, artificial dunes, and other projects to mitigate or remediate coastal storm damage to the ocean beaches and dune systems of the state, according to General Statute 143-215.73M. The amount shall not exceed $2.5 million for each unit of local government and no cost-share will be required.
Applications were scored on six criteria, including environmental benefits, social benefits, economic benefits, life of the project, financial resources and project efficiency.