Disaster Response - Storm Debris Removal

Stream Debris - Bertie   Chowan - Pollock Swamp

The complex network of streams, canals and ditches that make up the draingage network in eastern North Carolina are critical to protect the people, property and economy of the region.  In many locations this drainage network has been significantly affected by vegetative storm debris resulting from Hurricane Irene in August 2011 and the many tornadoes that hit the region in April 2011.

Supported by a $600,000 Water Resources Development grant from the DENR Division of Water Resources, the division solicited applications from local sponsors for grants to address high priority stream debris removal needs.  Twenty-six applicants submitted applications for 37 debris removal projects affecting over 339 stream miles.  The applicants requested a total of nearly $3.4 million. 

The division elected to aggregate the requests from each applicant and to fund each applicant at 16.65% of their requested amount.  This approach allowed the local sponsors to set the priorities for how to best use the funds available

Stream debris removal work is now underway in the following locations:

County Local Sponsor Debris Removal Project Area
Beaufort Beaufort Soil and Water Conservation District Rowland Creek
Bertie Bertie County Flat Swamp
Camden Albemarle Soil & Water Conservation District (Camden Office) Run Swamp Canal
Carteret Carteret Soil & Water Conservation District Upper Newport River
Chowan Pollock Swamp Drainage District Pollock Swamp Drainage District main and laterals
Chowan Albemarle Soil & Water Conservation District (Edenton Office) Upper Rocky Hock Creek
Craven Craven Soil & Water Conservation District Swift Creek
Currituck Albemarle Soil & Water Conservation District (Currituck Office) Hog Bridge Ditch
Dare Dare Soil & Water Conservation District Stumpy Point Back Canal
Duplin Duplin Soil & Water Conservation District Muddy Creek
Hertford, Bertie, Northampton Bertie, Hertford, Northampton Drainage District #1 Ahoskie Creek
Hyde Hyde Soil & Water Conservation District portions of Rutman and Smith Creek
Jones County of Jones Trent River
Jones Waterway Stewards Trent River
Martin Martin County Sweet Water Creek
Onslow Onslow County White Oak River
Pamlico Pamlico Soil & Water Conservation District TBD (Pending revised application)
Pasquotank Pasquotank County - Newland Watershed Service District Pasquotank River
Perquimans Bear Swamp Drainage District Bear Swamp Drainage District main channel

Albemarle Soil & Water Conservation District (Hertford Office)

Upper Perquimans River


Tyrrell County Southwest Fork Creek
Tyrrell Town of Columbia Boush Harrell Canal, North Boundary Canal
Tyrrell NC Division of Parks & Recreation Zades Canal
Washington Washington County Kendricks & Mackeys Creek

The division and local sponsors continue to seek additional funding to address stream debris in these affected areas.


NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation, Pat Harris, 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