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City Awarded $ 1.17 million from USDA-NRCS for nine (9) Stream Restoration Projects

City Awarded $ 1.17 million from USDA-NRCS for nine (9) Stream Restoration Projects

 The City received formal notification today that it had been awarded $ 1,173,316 from the US Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) to restore damages sustained by Hurricane Florence on September 14, 2018.

“There are nine (9) specific projects that NRCS accepted as eligible that the City will now be able to have engineered and repaired during 2020,” stated City Manager Jeff Repp,  “They range from fixing the damage at North Lake Park on the south side of the road to cleaning stream beds that run on private property near Cherry Road and Pine Lake Road to the restoration of the Middle Dam.   While FEMA funds awarded to the City are required to be spent 100% on public projects, the USDA-NRCS funds can be expended on private property while servicing a public service.   That is why projects like the Middle Dam, which is privately owned, can be included as long as the City obtains the necessary easements and right-of-ways, as required.”

The Board of Commissioners had previously solicited proposals and selected LDSI, Inc. of Kinston, NC to provide engineering and technical services for this project and now with today’s award that work can be started.

USDA - BSL Request Funded Sept. 2013

USDA Pictures and Maps

For more information please contact City Manager Jeff Repp at (910) 363-0025 or jrepp@cityofbsl.org.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 3:07:00 PM