NCBIWA is continually involved on both the State and Federal levels to advocate on behalf of its members to ensure that funding for coastal infrastructure, including beach renourishment and storm damage mitigation, continues without interruption. We continue to inform elected officials and the public through our conferences and meetings on the economic value of our beaches and coastal communities. During the FY 2019-2020, NCBIWA:

  • Worked closely with the USACE SAW and the N.C. DEQ, Division of Water Resources (DWR), in developing a long-term Dredge Material Management Plan (DMMP). On February 3, 2017, the USACE issued Federal Guidance that prohibits non-federal entities from placing navigation dredge spoil in a federally managed dredge material placement facility (DMPF). The Guidance resulted in several NCBIWA members not having sufficient spoil sites for placement of dredged material. NCBIWA quickly took action by contacting elected officials on both the state and federal level in seeking both a short-term and long-term solution. Working with the DWR, NCBIWA was able to lend guidance on a long-term solution by assisting in the structure of a DMMP;
  • Submitted a letter to the USACE in support of Carolina Beach for the Recommended Plan as outlined in the draft BRER/EA: Alternative 2: Continuation of Federal participation for Periodic Renourishments, consistent with the currently authorized project using the inlet borrow source for the 15-year period from 2022 to 2036;
  • Established the N.C. General Assembly 2019-2020 Coastal Caucus. NCBIWA along with coastal legislators put together a Legislative Coastal Caucus to share information regarding coastal issues;
  • Advocated for continual funding of the Shallow Draft Navigation Channel Dredging and Aquatic Weed Fund to support its members in offsetting some of the cost for dredging projects along the coast;
  • Advocated for continually funding for the Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation Fund to support beach nourishment, artificial dunes, and other projects to mitigate or remediate coastal storm damage to the ocean beaches and dune systems along the coast. $11.5 million was allocated through SL 2019-429;
  • Advocated for a $5 million grant-in-aid to go directly to the Towns of North Topsail Beach, Topsail Beach and Surf City for beach renourishment projects as stated in SL 2019-75;
  • Educated and informed attendees through our meetings and Conferences with updates from the USACE, NOAA and the N.C. Divisions of Marine Fisheries, Coastal Management, and Water Resources along with presentations from the N.C. Office of Recovery and Resiliency and updates on energy from the N.C. Governor’s office and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce;
  • Partnered with the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) and the South Carolina Beach Advocates to secure a grant for low-cost tide gauges that NCBIWA member towns and counties can use to monitor flooding events that will tie into the N.C. Flood Inundation Mapping and Alert Network (FIMAN);
  • Continues to be involved with the American Shore and Beach Preservation Assoc. (ASBPA) by remaining an active board member and contributing to ASBPA’s governmental affairs agenda and;
  • Continues to be involved with the Coastal Resource Commission (CRC) by maintaining a council seat on the Coastal Resources Advisory Council (CRAC).