The North Carolina Coastal Federation teamed up with the Town of Pine Knoll Shores, University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Environmental Science Department and East Carolina Council (ECC) to create a watershed restoration plan for the small coastal community in Carteret County. The Plan sets a framework and strategy for targeting stormwater reduction techniques to reduce runoff and improve water quality.
The primary goal of this plan is to improve water quality in Pine Knoll Shores and reduce permanent shellfish closures in Bogue Sound.
Stormwater runoff is the primary cause of water quality impairment that results in waters not meeting shellfishing standards. Instead of soaking into the ground and being taken up by vegetation, a much larger amount of rain now quickly runs over the urban landscape and into the town’s surface waters.
“The Town of Pine Knoll Shores was excited to be partner with these organizations to develop a stormwater reduction plan,” said Sarah Williams, Pine Knoll Shores town clerk. “As a coastal town, we recognize the importance of our clean waterways and are now busy partnering to implement the plan to make real progress in reducing runoff. “
Plan was completed in early 2019.
Innovative Stormwater Project – 2021
The Town of Pine Knoll Sores worked with the Coastal Federation to complete a multi-faceted, innovative project to manage groundwater and stormwater in the Town to greatly reduce nuisance flooding and restore water quality. The N.C. Land and Water Fund supported project included the installation of a series of perforated pipes and pumps that allow the town to move groundwater from the targeted residential area to the Crystal Coast County Club golf course pond where it is stored. Drawing down the groundwater in the often flooded neighborhood increases the infiltration capacity of rain on site.
Pine Knoll Shores Neighborhood Retrofits – 2021
Here, work is underway to retrofit the cul-de-sac on Acorn Ct. in Pine Knoll Shores to create a permeable concrete “island” and underdrain for pumping groundwater. Additional town projects funded by the Attorney General’s Environmental Enhancement Fund will include more retrofits and a gutter downspout disconnection program. In addition, a project at Pine Knoll Boulevard will disconnect impervious surfaces and move stormwater off the road and into a town-owned natural area for infiltration.