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.

Recent Implementation Projects Include:

The Coastal Federation received a CWMTF to complete an innovative project to reduce flooding and protect local water quality in Pine Knoll Shores. The project will engineer a system of pumps and drainage lines that will increase the infiltration of stormwater by lowering the water table in an area of Town so rain storms can better soak into the sandy soils below.

Additional Resources

Pine Knoll Shores Watershed Restoration Plan