via N.C. Division of Soil and Water Conservation

NC - State Officials, Environmentalists Receive Grants for Carteret County Projects

A local environmental group and a state agency have been awarded state grants for restoration projects in Carteret County.

The office of N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein announced Oct. 26 nearly $3 million in Environmental Enhancement Grants awarded to 22 grantees around North Carolina. Among the recipients are the N.C. Coastal Federation – a Carteret County-based nonprofit dedicated to the conservation and restoration of the state’s coastal environment – and the N.C. Division of Soil and Water Conservation.

The federation and the division will use the grants to fund projects within the county. The NCCF has been awarded $185,653 for a water access restoration project, while the division has been awarded $208,000 for stream and marsh sill restoration and living shoreline construction in Carteret and Hyde counties.

NCCF coastal scientist and central regional manager Dr. Lexia Weaver said the federation is partnering with county officials on its project. According to the attorney general’s office, the project includes restoring 850 feet of living shoreline on Bogue Sound, as well as 0.6 acres of salt marsh.

“The proposed living shoreline will be located at the side of Carteret County’s newest soundfront open space acquisition in the western part of Carteret County,” Dr. Weaver said. “Design and permitting will begin in early 2021, with construction occurring in late 2021.”

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