The North Carolina Beach, Inlet & Waterway Association is dedicated to preserving, protecting and enhancing the North Carolina Coast by merging science and public policy in order to create a sustainable and resilient coast.
By speaking with One Effective Voice for the North Carolina Coast we hope to encourage positive steps to reduce duplication of efforts while strengthening the influence of our members and coastal constituents.
We work on behalf of our members by encouraging government action and funding, educating and advocating for effective Federal and State policy and facilitating environmentally sound scientific and engineering solutions for our threatened beaches, inlets and waterways.
More commonly known as NCBIWA, we started life in 1998 as the North Carolina Shore & Beach Preservation Association using Florida Shore & Beach Preservation Association as its primary model but in 2005, the time to expand our scope was upon us, mostly driven by funding changes at the Federal level for coastal projects of all kinds and the need to respond to greater needs of shallow draft inlets and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW).
Due to these funding changes, NCBIWA was created by merging three organizations with overlapping members and interests: NC Shore & Beach Preservation Association, Alliance for NC Inlets (ANCI) and the North Carolina Coastal Communities Coalition.
Advocating for beach preservation/renourishment, coastline sustainability and funding from the State Legislature and Congress through a collaboration with local, state and federal agencies is how we attain our mission. Educating elected officials and the public through conferences and publications on the economic value of beaches and coastal communities is fundamental to promoting our goals.
The Board is key to our success. A combination of local, state and federal elected officials as well as attorneys, engineers and government staff who work together for the common goal of protecting our coast.
As federal funding diminishes, we need to look to the state for funding. Instead of asking whether the state can afford to spend money on inlet dredging and beaches, perhaps we should be asking whether the state can afford NOT to.