Pine Knoll Shores and the North Carolina Coastal Federation completed a project to reduce flooding and runoff.
Pine Knoll Shores and the North Carolina Coastal Federation completed a project to reduce flooding and runoff in the town.
The primary goal of the watershed restoration plan is to improve water quality in Pine Knoll Shores and reduce permanent shellfish closures in Bogue Sound, according to The North Carolina Coastal Federation.
“The Town of Pine Knoll Shores was excited to be partnered with these organizations to develop a storm water reduction plan,” said Sarah Williams, Pine Knoll Shores town clerk about the partnership with the town of Pine Knoll Shores, University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Environmental Science Department and East Carolina Council (ECC). “As a coastal town, we recognize the importance of our clean waterways and are now busy partnering to implement the plan to make real progress in reducing runoff.“
The project utilized the North Carolina Land and Water Fund, according to Coastal Review Online.
The project included installing a series of pumps and perforated pipes to move groundwater from flood-prone residential areas to the Crystal Coast County Club golf course pond where it is stored, reported Coastal Review Online.
The project will enable the town to pump down groundwater before large storms occur to prevent future flooding and a second pump at the golf course will send water to an infiltration basin and level spreader. This is useful for when the town needs to dewater the golf course ponds for storage, according to Coastal Review Online.
“The Town has been addressing flooding issues for decades, said Pine Knoll Shores Town Manager Brian Kramer in a statement. “The normal practice has been to pump water into Bogue Sound, the canal, and the Atlantic. This water has been impacted by state highways, public roads, and septic fields. We now, with the federation’s help, have a means to reduce this by preemptively lowering the water table and creating greater capacity for infiltration.”
The project was identified in the town’s watershed restoration plan, which was developed in partnership with the federation and Eastern Carolina Council and adopted in 2019. This plan aims to reduce the volume of storm water runoff entering coastal waters.