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Grant will help ENC community improve wastewater facilities

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An eastern North Carolina seaside community has received a grant to improve their wastewater facilities, and the mayor said that will help the town withstand climate change and reduce its impact on the coastal environment.

The Town of Beaufort has been chosen to receive a Pre-Construction Planning Grant from the State Water Infrastructure Authority in the amount of $225,000 for wastewater pump station improvements.

Beaufort Mayor Sharon Harker said it’s the first milestone in a project that includes putting together a cost estimate and schedule by November 1.

“This grant will assist in building resilient infrastructure to withstand extreme climate changes to reduce the impact on our coastal environment for generations to come,” she said.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.