Protect Natural Functions of Floodplains & SFHAs

Floodplains or SFHAs make up 65% of the Town’s total acreage. In addition, 78% of structures in the Town are located in a floodplain.

Benefits of Floodplains

Floodplains have many benefits. These benefits include:

  • Biological Resources: Natural areas in floodplains provide habitat, feeding, and breeding areas for waterfowl, animals, and fish.
  • Groundwater Recharge: Floodplains absorb rainwater recharging the aquifers below the ground’s surface.
  • Natural Flood Control: Floodplains provide a natural storage area for floodwaters.
  • Water Quality: Floodplains filter pollutants from runoff on streets and parking lots removing harmful pollutants before they enter the sound, ocean, or groundwater table.

What You Can Do Help

Help Us Keep Drainage Ditches & Waterways Open

The maintenance of the Town’s drainage ditches is an important flood preventive measure. Ditches, which become clogged with debris, can become a potential hazard in the event of a storm because they will not function properly. It is illegal to dump any material, soil, trash, yard waste, debris, etc. into a stream or ditch that would clog or stop the flow of Stormwater. Please report any dumping immediately to the Town’s Public Works Department at 252-441-1122.

Participate in the Town’s Septic Health Initiative

The Septic Health Initiative is a Town sponsored program that offers incentives to have your septic system pumped out and inspected regularly. Please contact Todd Krafft, Environmental Planner, at 252-441-7016 or by email for more information about this discounted program.

Sand Fencing

Installing and repairing sand fencing. Sand fencing helps to build the dune system which protects the homes behind them.

Leave No Trace

Leave no trace. Do not use marshes, streams, ditches, or other open bodies of water to dump trash or other materials. Large debris can create a dam like effect that floods the areas behind the blockage. In addition, any harmful chemicals can make their way into the sound and ocean polluting the areas that provide critical habitat for wildlife.