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RALEIGH – A total of $38 million dollars is now available for a new program in North Carolina that aims to reduce flooding across thestate’s waterways. The N.C. General Assembly approved the money to create the Streamflow Rehabilitation Assistance Program(StRAP). It allocates money for projects that protect and restore the integrity of drainage infrastructure.
Projects could include:
In establishing StRAP, lawmakers gave authority to supervise and administer the program to the state’s Soil and Water ConservationCommission, working closely with the Division of Soil and Water Conservation within the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumerservices.
“This is a monumental step to help us prevent future flooding,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “While we have previouslysecured federal and state money to clear debris from waterways after flooding events such as hurricanes, those efforts were reactiveapproaches that were part of disaster recovery funds. StRAP now allows us to be proactive in clearing waterways so we can hopefullyreduce flooding and protect people’s property before the next big flood event happens. I’m grateful that the General Assemblyunderstood the need for this program.”
StRAP may enable local governments or organizations to tackle flood-reduction projects that have not been previously possiblewith budget restraints. While local soil and water conservation districts would likely have great interest in the program, cities andcounties may also apply for funds for their own projects. Drainage districts, water and sewer authorities, municipal or county servicedistricts, sanitary districts and nonprofit organizations could also be eligible for StRAP funding.
The Division of Soil and Water Conservation will begin accepting applications on Monday, Jan. 24. A link to the application form can befound on the StRAP webpage at www.ncagr.gov/SWC/watershed/StRAP.html. The division will also host online Q&A sessions. Thefirst is Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 2:30 p.m. The second is Thursday, Feb. 10, at 9 a.m. Meeting links and additional program details are alsoon the StRAP webpage.Eligible applicants can begin submitting applications on Monday, January 24 by going tohttps://fs3.formsite.com/ncdswc/hwevrr4hry/form_login.html