Contact: Michele Walker, 919-733-2293, ext. 229
Public Meetings Planned as part of Beach and Inlet Management Plan Development
RALEIGH —The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources will conduct public meetings in December on the first phase of the state’s Beach and Inlet Management Plan, a strategy for managing certain coastal areas.
Meetings will be held during the first two weeks of December at the following locations and dates:
December 3, 2008
NE Branch Library
December 2, 2008
East Carteret High School
December 4, 2008
3b, 4a, 4b, 4c
December 9, 2008
NCSU McKimmon Center
December 11, 2008
The divisions of Coastal Management and Water Resources are developing the state’s first comprehensive Beach and Inlet Management Plan, a systematic management strategy for North Carolina’s 326 miles of oceanfront barrier islands and 19 active tidal inlet complexes. The plan, or BIMP, divides the state’s coastal area into management regions and sub-regions.
Creation of the BIMP was a recommendation of the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan that was adopted in 2004 and a directive from the General Assembly’s 2000 Appropriations Bill. The General Assembly appropriated $750,000 to the state Division of Water Resources for the initial phase of the BIMP development.
In September 2007, DENR hired the engineering firm, Moffatt & Nichol, to help the state with data identification and acquisition of existing datasets, definition of beach and inlet management regions, scheduling and facilitation of stakeholder meetings, development of draft beach and inlet management strategies, and preparation of a final report. The firm was to complete the tasks during an 18-month period.
The regions and sub-regions were delineated using natural features as well as existing county lines. The next step will be developing management strategies for each region and sub-region. As management strategies are developed, the state divisions of Coastal Management and Water Resources will attempt to incorporate the ecological, economic and socio-political factors affecting beach and inlet management.