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BIMP final report now available

The North Carolina Beach and Inlet Management Plan final report is now available for download from DCM’s website.

The purpose of the BIMP is to preserve and enhance the value of the coastal resources of North Carolina, through the development of a systematic management strategy for the state’s oceanfront beaches and active tidal inlet complexes.

The plan divides the North Carolina oceanfront into four regions and five subregions, to better facilitate regional planning of projects such as beach nourishment and inlet dredging, and also recommends specific management strategies for each region and subregion.

BIMP regions map

The long-term goal of the BIMP is to establish a foundation for effective, continuing management of North Carolina’s beaches and inlets by:

  • Improving coordination between the state, federal and local agencies responsible for managing North Carolina’s oceanfront.

  • Presenting the current state of knowledge regarding beach and inlet processes (both biological and physical).

  • Identifying data gaps and research needs related to beach and inlet management.

  • Establishing management regions; identifying viable management strategies considering the economics and ecology of these regions; and addressing the need for long-term funding that is both predictable and stable.

  • Recommending a long-term implementation strategy for the BIMP that includes ways to address other major beach and inlet management issues, such as sea-level rise, land conservation, recreational beach access and local, state and federal regulation of beach and inlet management activities.

  • Identifying ways in which coastal communities could improve their resiliency to coastal hazards.

  • Recommending ways to maximize the beneficial use of dredged material within sediment management regions, assessing the availability, accessibility and compatibility of inlet and offshore sand sources.

  • Recommending ways to minimize the potential ecological impacts of beach and inlet management activities.

  • Establishing a method for prioritizing projects for funding.

Creation of the BIMP was a recommendation of the 2004 Coastal Habitat Protection Plan and a directive from the General Assembly’s 2000 Appropriations Bill.

Last Modified:May 24, 2011

 

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