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  • Summary date: May 31 2022 - View Summary

    Part I.

    Amends GS 143-135.37 to add the requirement that, whenever practicable, every major facility construction project or major facility renovation project of a public agency must be designed to maintain or restore the predevelopment hydrology to the maximum amount feasible to reduce the rate and volume of stormwater runoff. Effective July 1, 2022.

    Part II.

    Appropriates $8.5 million in nonrecurring funds and $100,000 in recurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to provide a directed grant to the Coastal Federation to use the specified amounts to: (1) provide matching funds for federal grants to support oyster sanctuary development; (2) for a pilot project to help farms adjacent to Lake Mattamuskeet with cover crops and other best management practices to reduce agricultural runoff and soil erosion (allows providing federal grant matches for similar purposes); (3) for the Lux Farms wetlands restoration projects; (4) for living shoreline projects in the coastal area (allows using funds to provide matches for funding); (5) to provide matching funds for federal coastal debris cleanup funding, to support the Lost Gear Recovery Program, and other coastal debris removal activities; and (6) for support and promotion of the NC Oyster Trail.