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Disaster Recovery Program


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 as Session Law 2016-124 and the Disaster Recovery Act of 2017 as Session Law 2017-119.  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 $32.2M that has been allocated in state appropriations for stream debris removal, non-field farm road repairs, supplemental funding for the Agricultural Water Resources Assistance Program (AgWRAP) to support disaster-related farm pond and dam repairs, and support for pasture renovation.  Click here to see a report summarizing progress to date for the Disaster Recovery Program activities administered by the Division of Soil & Water Conservation.

Stream Debris Removal - application deadline August 31, 2018

The Division of Soil and Water Conservation is now accepting requests for funding for Stream Debris Removal projects in the counties affected by Hurricane Matthew and Tropical Storms Hermine and Julia in 2016.  The Division has available $3 million to allocate to new and previously funded local sponsors for Phase IV. Eligible applicants (local sponsors) include soil & water conservation districts, counties, drainage districts, municipalities, and non-governmental organizations.

Use the following link to access the online application:

Local sponsors who have previously been awarded stream debris removal funds in Phases I-III must have already spent (i.e., submitted Requests for Payment and acceptable supporting documentation) at least 1/3 of the funds previously awarded by August 31, 2018.  The Division will also consider awarding funds to local sponsors who have not previously received awards from the Division of Soil & Water Conservation.

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 for the Phase IV funding is 5:00 p.m. August 31, 2018.  Due to the extent of the work that has already been contracted and completed and the time that has elapsed since prior applications were submitted, only applications submitted for Phase IV will be considered.  Previous applicants are encouraged to resubmit requests for previously submitted projects that were not fully funded.  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 funded in the Phase IV batching period will be automatically deferred for consideration if funding becomes available for subsequent batching periods.

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.

Rolling Requests for Applications Continue

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 December 23, 2016 is depicted below:

Federally Declared Disaster Counties 12-23-2016


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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