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Disaster Recovery Program of 2016


Due to the devastating impacts of Hurricane Matthew, Tropical Storms Julia and Hermine, and the western wildfires, the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) passed the Disaster Recovery Act of 2016 on December 15, 2016 as Session Law 2016-124. In the legislation, the NCGA notes that the State and federal disaster relief initiatives are not intended to make individuals whole after a loss; they are intended to assist the affected areas in recovering from the damage caused by the aforementioned disasters.

This web page will focus on the division's Disaster Recovery Program and the $12.2M that has been allocated in state appropriations for stream debris removal, non-field farm road repairs and supplemental funding for the Agricultural Water Resources Assistance Program (AgWRAP) to support disaster-related farm pond and dam repairs.  Please see the following for more specific information:

  • Disaster Recovery Program of 2016 presentation to the NC Soil and Water Conservation Commission on Jan. 8, 2017.  (This presentation was originally presented by teleconference on Jan. 5 to district staff and potential project sponsors, and updated Jan. 8 with Commission-approved action items.)
  • Disaster Recovery Program of 2016 summary of Commission delegation of authority, policy changes and waivers, and funding cap limit changes

The Division is now accepting online applications for the Disaster Recovery Program's round 2 funding with applications to be entered and submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2017.  The online application with additional information can be accessed by clicking the appropriate practice listed below. Please note that due to the large amount of funds requested in round 1, conservation districts and sponsors are strongly encouraged to submit all remaining project applications in round 2.  The division is projecting that the initial $12.2M will be completely allocated between round 1 and 2 proposals. 

Useful web links:

  • USACE Wilmington District Nationwide Permit informaton and downloadable NWP documents - click HERE
  • NC Dept. of Environmental Quality permit directory (e.g. CAMA, 401 Water Quality Certification) - click HERE
  • NC Beaver Management Assistance Program (BMAP) Services - click HERE
  • USDA Disaster Assistance Programs - click HERE
  • USDA Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWPP) in North Carolina - click HERE
  • USDA Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) - click HERE
  • NC Forest Service - Timber Restoration Program - click HERE
  • FEMA North Carolina Hurricane Matthew (DR-4285) - click HERE
  • Best Management Practices for Selective Clearing and Snagging - click HERE


The FEMA-4285 NC Disaster Declaration dated Nov. 22, 2016 is depicted below:

FEAMA 4285 map


NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation, Vernon Cox, Director
Mailing Address: 1614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1614
Physical Address: 512 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh North Carolina 27604
Phone: 919.733.2302; FAX: 919.715.3559

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