Eight coastal communities receive grants to tackle shoreline erosion and climate change
More than $20 million from the state Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Resources is being awarded to eight coastal communities in North Carolina to protect beaches from storm damage.
Gov. Roy Cooper said the money is intended to, “help combat the effects of climate change and ensure that North Carolina's coast remains a beautiful place to live, work and visit."
Beach nourishment —dredging up sand from the ocean, pumping it onto the beach, and spreading it out with heavy machinery — has been used for many years to address shoreline erosion.
- Pine Knoll Shores received about $90,000 dollars to install sand fencing
- A more than $100,000 dune planting project in Topsail Beach was funded by the grant
- More than $7 million is being used for beach nourishment projects in Dare County
- The Oak Island Beach Management Plan in southeastern North Carolina will receive just under $1 million
- North Topsail beach will complete phases four and five of their beach nourishment project with a more-than $10 million grant
According to the DEQ, the state budget approved in 2021 set aside $18 million to the Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation Fund for the construction and maintenance of beaches, artificial dunes, and other projects to mitigate coastal storm damage to the coastline and dune systems.