The town’s impervious surfaces have increased over the years, impacting lands’ ability to absorb rainwater.
Atlantic Beach’s Watershed Restoration and Stormwater Resilience Plan has been approved by the state of North Carolina.
This comes after a collaborative planning effort to address flooding and polluted runoff caused by heavy rains, reported The Coastal Review.
According to The Coastal Review, the town’s impervious surfaces have increased over the years, impacting lands’ ability to absorb rainwater. The plan will identify and target sites to improve infiltration and provide strategies to reduce flooding and improve water quality.
The North Carolina Coastal Federation, GPI Engineering and the Eastern Carolina Council of Governments partnered with the town to develop the plan funded by the state Division of Water Resources 205(j) program.
According to the plan, the watersheds have experienced increased volumes of storm water runoff, and the storm water runoff can transport harmful bacteria and other contaminants into surrounding water bodies. The watersheds have also experienced flooding in residential areas as a result of the storm water runoff.