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Disaster Recovery Program


In early November of 2020, Tropical Storm Eta passed through North Carolina dumping 8 or more inches of rain at many locations in North Carolina.  In March, President Biden declared 19 counties in NC to be major disaster areas due to the damages caused by flooding resulting from the storm.  Much of the damage was in the form of blocked streams and damaged stream channels.  The N.C. General Assembly appropriated funds in 2018 and 2019 to address similar impacts from Hurricanes Florence, Michael, and Dorian, and this legislation (Session Law 2019-250) included a provision to allow remaining funds to be used to address impacts of future storm events, like Tropical Storm Eta.  has made available funds to restore clogged and damaged stream and drainage channels. 


Stream Debris Removal - application deadline July 16, 2021

The Division of Soil and Water Conservation is now accepting requests for funding for Stream Debris Removal projects in the counties affected by Tropical Storm Eta. Eligible applicants (local sponsors) include soil & water conservation districts, counties, drainage districts, municipalities, and non-governmental organizations. Eligible counties are: Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Beaufort, Burke, Caldwell, Davidson, Davie, Duplin, Edgecombe, Hertford, Iredell, Robeson, Rowan, Sampson, Stokes, Wilkes, Wilson and Yadkin.

Use the following link to access the online application:  Tropical Storm Eta Stream Debris Removal Application

Please read the instructions prior to each section and provide as much information as possible.  The Division of Soil and Water Conservation will consider each application and rank it against other applications received. 

The deadline for applications to be considered in the initial batching period is 5:00 p.m. July 16, 2021.  The Division will continue to receive applications and will consider in future batching periods as available funds allow.  The Division reserves the right to ask the sponsor to revise and resubmit the application in a subsequent batching period if it deems the project to be incomplete or too costly relative to the proposed scope of work.  Applications not fully unded in the first batching period will be automatically deferred for consideration if funding becomes available for subsequent batching periods.

The Division encourages local sponsors to use an evidence-based approach, utilizing onsite surveys and publicly available geographic information system data from sources such as FIMAN or FRIS to guide prioritization of awarded funds.  These tools can be used to generally assess regional hydrologic conditions and better determine whether flooding is likely due to debris blockages versus the potential influence of downstream backwater effects due to wind, saturated soils or close proximity to downstream rivers or estuaries.

A local sponsors awarded funds must also ensure that it and its contractors follow the Division of Water Resources’ Hurricane Matthew Stream and Wetland Cleanup/Restoration Guideline dated October 2016 and follow Best Management Practices for Selective Clearing and Snagging to manage all woody debris removed from streams. 

Local sponsors awarded funds must ensure that all required permits are secured for each site and landowner permission is granted before any work proceeds for that site.

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
    • Division of Water Resources' Hurricane Matthew Stream and Wetland Cleanup/Restoration Guidelines (October 2016) - click HERE

Other Eligible Best Management Practices (BMPs)

DRP Technical Assistance Funding – districts are offered $500/contract for technical assistance provided during implementation of the Disaster Recovery Program for contracts paid through CS2 (DPR, DAP, FRR, FR2); requests are to be submitted online through FormSite. 

Please use this form to submit your request for payment.  Please note, this does not apply to stream debris removal contracts.





NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation, Vernon Cox, Director
Mailing Address: 1614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1614
Physical Address: 216 West Jones Street, Raleigh North Carolina 27603
Phone: 919.707.3770

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