In January 2019, the Town of Atlantic Beach Recreational Water Quality Committee recommended that the Town partner with the North Carolina Coastal Federation to create a Watershed Restoration Plan. In response to Town Council’s adoption of this recommendation, the Town is partnering with The North Carolina Coastal Federation, LDSI Engineering and the Eastern Carolina Council of Governments to create a Stormwater Resiliency Plan for the Town of Atlantic Beach.
The Stormwater Resiliency Plan will provide a guide for improving water quality and reducing flooding. In order to combat water quality issues, the plan will include a Nine Minimum Elements Watershed Restoration Plan for the Atlantic Beach watersheds. In addition to the standard Watershed Restoration Plan, the Stormwater Resiliency Plan will identify ways to reduce stormwater flooding in order to increase resiliency. This plan will focus on the volume reduction approach to replicate pre-impairment hydrology and set a framework for improving local water quality.
Specifically, the Stormwater Resiliency Plan goals are to:
- Turn back the clock on water pollution by restoring natural hydrology
- Identify capital improvement projects that address major flooding issues
- Align future capital improvements with stormwater retrofits
- Increase community awareness
- Position the town for future funding opportunities, particularly through Section 319 funding
This project is made possible by funding from the Town of Atlantic Beach, The Duke Energy Foundation and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.