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Community Conservation Assistance Program
In 2006 the N.C. General Assembly passed and Governor Easley signed legislation creating the N.C. Community Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP). This law enabled local Soil and Water Conservation Districts to administer the program. CCAP is a voluntary, incentive-based program designed to improve water quality through the installation of stormwater best management practices (BMPs) in residential and commercial areas that have been developed for three years or more. CCAP allows NHSWCD to use State appropriated funds to design appropriate stormwater BMPs on residential, public and commercial properties and will reimburse up to 75% of the cost of installing each BMP.
CCAP contracts are awarded in a two-phase process. First, a completed application with proposed BMP(s) must be ranked by qualified SWCD staff and approved by the Board of Supervisors. Applications are ranked based on several factors that address the proposed BMP's ability to improve water quality in the county watersheds. If an application is deemed eligible and approved by the Board, a conservation plan is then prepared for the applicant’s property after a series of site visits. Next, the recommended design must be approved by both the Board of Supervisors and the Division of Soil & Water Conservation. If approved, a contract will then be awarded. With the design and specifications in hand, you will be able to install and pay for the BMP (landscapers may be used). Eligible applicants will be reimbursed up to 75% of the pre-established average cost of the BMP. Eligible landowners may include: homeowners, businesses, schools, parks, churches, and community groups such as homeowners associations. Essentially, all private and publicly owned lands that have been developed for three years or longer are eligible for the program.
If you are an interested landowner please click here to download an application. Submit your completed application to our office (see contact page for address and fax).