Gov. Bev Perdue announced today the recent award of more than half a million dollars in grants for 11 projects to help North Carolina towns and counties restore streams, reduce erosion, study future water supplies and benefit other water resources.
"Protecting our natural resources helps us recruit jobs and retain companies in North Carolina," said Gov. Perdue. "These improvements in our rivers and lakes are crucial parts of that quality of life in our communities."
The N.C. Division of Water Resources awarded $554,331 as a part of its 2012 spring grant cycle for the Water Resources Development Project Grant Program. The division awarded:
Avery County Soil and Water a $20,000 grant to improve flow conveyance and aquatic habitat in an unnamed tributary to the Linville River.
Watauga County a $65,000 grant to construct a 3,000-foot section of a greenway trail along the South Fork New River.
Jonesville a $41,750 grant to install pedestrian bridges over two creeks along a two-mile section of the Yadkin River Greenway.
Lake Norman State Park a $4,581 grant to address the feasibility of removing an existing dam structure located on Norwood Creek at a former beach area within Lake Norman State Park.
Stokes County Soil and Water a $20,000 grant to design the restoration of a 3,800-foot section of Little Snow Creek.
Cary a $20,000 grant to stabilize 100 feet of eroding stream bank along Swift Creek at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve.
Raleigh an $8,375 grant to install a storm water collection and reuse system at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center.
Kure Beach a $50,000 grant to remove rusty and jagged remnants of a former intake structure located on the beach strand that poses a safety risk to beach goers.
Williamston a $21,625 grant to remove accumulated sediment from the Skewarkee Canal, reshape the canal side slopes and establish a permanent vegetative cover to prevent future erosion.
Minnesott Beach a $3,000 grant to examine and evaluate the drainage infrastructure maintenance and replacement needs within the town.
Additionally, $300,000 will fund a comprehensive study of the future use of the Catawba River, which provides a water supply for 1.4 million North Carolina residents.
The water resources program provides cost-share grants and technical assistance on a competitive basis to local governments in North Carolina. Applications are accepted for general and recreational navigation, water management, stream restoration, beach protection, land acquisition and development of water-based recreation facilities.