Your Christmas tree can have a second life or greater purpose by acting as a natural sand fence while helping to build up sand dunes. The wood and branches help with erosion control, and the nutrients are beneficial for the beach grass.
Christmas trees may be dropped off at the SSCA Hillcrest parking lot, where they will be collected for sand fencing/erosion control.
Christmas trees may be placed in your Limb/Branch piles for collection during your scheduled sector. Wreaths are excluded and will not be collected.
• ALL metal and decorations must be removed or the contractor will reject collection.
• Guidelines for Limb/Branch collection apply.
For sector information, collection calendar, guidelines and rules visit Limb/Branch Removal
DEQ awards $11.5 million in Coastal Storm Damage Grants
The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Resources (DWR) is awarding $11.5 million in grants to eight communities in coastal North Carolina for projects related to Hurricane Florence damage. The awards from the Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation Fund will fund beach nourishment, dune restoration, and other projects to remediate storm damage.
“These grants will help restore our coastal areas damaged by Hurricane Florence and serve as a reminder that we must rebuild smarter and stronger to protect our coastal economy from the climate impacts of the future,” said Secretary Michael S. Regan.
The following project proposals were approved for funding:
- Dare County Buxton Maintenance/Storm Damage Repair – $1,557,606.74
- Town of Duck Beach Nourishment Project – $1,450,921.35
- Town of Kill Devil Hills Shore Protection Project – $1,450,921.35
- Town of Kitty Hawk Shore Protection Project – $1,408,247.19
- Town of Nags Head 10-Mile Beach Nourishment – $1,408,247.19
- Town of Southern Shores Beach Management Project – $1,408,247.19
- Town of Oak Island Re-nourishment Project Phase I & II – $1,344,235.96
- Surf City Post Florence Emergency Berm Restoration Supplemental – $1,365,573.03
- Town of Holden Beach Sand Fence Installation – $106,000
The Division of Water Resources’ Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation Fund is funded by Session Law 2019-224 which allocated $11.5 million for costs associated with beach nourishment, artificial dunes, and other projects to mitigate or remediate coastal storm damage to the ocean beaches and dune systems of the state, according to General Statute 143-215.73M. The amount shall not exceed $2.5 million for each unit of local government and no cost-share will be required.
Applications were scored on six criteria, including environmental benefits, social benefits, economic benefits, life of the project, financial resources and project efficiency. To learn more about the criteria used to select the recipients, please visit the call for applications announcement and fund guidelines.
Road Construction – Hwy 158
NCDOT and their Contractor, RPC Construction, plan to begin Milling and Re-Surfacing on Hwy 158 from the Wright Memorial Bridge through the Southern Shores / NC 12 Intersection Monday, October 19th. The scope of the project also includes Milling and Re-Surfacing the Welcome Center. Message Boards will be placed on each end of the project along Hwy 158 and NC 12 with advanced warnings to alert motorist during construction.
The Southern Shores Volunteer Fire Department will be conducting hydrant testing in Southern Shore during the month of October.