Mike Shutak / Carolina Coast Online

NC - Atlantic Beach Council Signs off on Draft Restoration and Resiliency Plan

ATLANTIC BEACH — Town officials have agreed to a draft plan for protecting and restoring water quality and reducing stormwater runoff, and the plan now goes to state officials for approval.

The Atlantic Beach Town Council met for its regular meeting Monday in the town hall meeting room at 1010 West Fort Macon Road and online via Zoom. During the meeting, the council received a presentation from town staff and consultants on a draft watershed restoration and stormwater resiliency plan, which the council unanimously approved for submission to the N.C. Division of Water Resources.

Stormwater runoff is the biggest non-point source of water pollution on the North Carolina coast. While washing over impervious surfaces, it picks up pollutants and carries them to local water bodies, a problem exacerbated by increasing property development.

Town Planning and Zoning Director Michelle Eitner said the town created a recreational water quality committee in 2018 to look into the matter, and among the committee’s recommendations was the creation of the restoration and resiliency plan.

“We’ve got a draft plan,” she said. “We’ll send it to the state reviewer.”

The N.C. Coastal Federation, a conservation nonprofit headquartered in Carteret County, helped town officials create the draft plan. NCCF Deputy Director Lauren Kolodij said stormwater runoff and water quality is a big issue affecting everyone on the coast.

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