North Carolina’s Resilient Coastal Communities Program awards $1.14 million for engineering and design projects

The Division of Coastal Management (DCM) of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality is providing grants to 22 communities for Phase 3 of the Resilient Coastal Communities Program (RCCP). Over $1.14 million will be made available for the completion of Phase 3.

“Our coastal communities have witnessed firsthand the impacts of climate change,” Governor Roy Cooper said. “These grants will help make our state stronger and more resilient.”

The RCCP serves to support communities in the development and implementation of locally driven resilience strategies and to implement projects or activities that reduce the impacts of coastal hazards such as floods and storms. This initiative provides funding to local governments to help overcome barriers to coastal resilience and adaptation planning, build local government capacity, and support a proactive, sustainable and equitable approach to coastal resilience planning and of the implementation of projects.

“Supporting the resilience of our coastal communities is a high priority in North Carolina and we are pleased to work with our local partners to fund the next phase of projects in their communities that help protect them from flooding and other hazards,” said declared the secretary of the DEQ. Elizabeth S. Biser.

The primary objective of RCCP Phase 3 is to provide funding to assist communities in the engineering and design of a priority project identified in their RCCP resilience strategy or other existing plans that meet planning criteria of RCCP phases 1 and 2. Some communities will also receive funding to develop or modify ordinances that improve their resilience to flooding and other coastal hazards, or to take action to manage stormwater and flooding. Most engineering and design projects include natural and nature-based elements, such as wetland restoration and living shoreline design.

The RCCP is implemented in four phases:

1) Community engagement and risk and vulnerability assessment

2) Planning, project selection and prioritization

3) Engineering and project design

4) Implementation

Five counties and seventeen municipalities will receive engineering and design funding for the completion of Phase 3:

  • Beaufort County
  • Bertie County
  • Craven County
  • Dare County (emphasis on Hatteras Island)
  • Hyde County (emphasis on Ocracoke)
  • City of Aurora
  • City of Beaufort
  • Town of Belhaven
  • City of Cap Carteret
  • duck town
  • City of Hertford
  • Town of Leland
  • Town of Nags Head
  • City of New Bern
  • Town of Pine Knoll Shores
  • City of Sunset Beach
  • Town of Swansboro
  • Topsail Island (including the towns of Surf City, Topsail Beach and North Topsail Beach)
  • Town of Vandemere
  • City of Washington

Community applications were reviewed based on the following criteria: alignment of projects with the priority ranking of the Community Resilience Strategy; project results, including environmental, social and economic; the ability of the project to reduce the vulnerability of a critical asset or population; the inclusion of nature-based or hybrid components in the project; and the ability of the project to achieve the vision and goals of the community.

The RCCP receives funding from a combination of state and federal sources.

For more information on the Resilient Coastal Communities program: visit the DCM website.