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Coastal Management News :: CAMA Accomplishments in 2011

The following accomplishments have been realized in 2011: 

  • Prepared an update of the long-term average annual oceanfront erosion rates for the N.C. coast. Improvements in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology allowed Division of Coastal Management staff to perform the update in-house for the first time, for a cost savings of about $250,000. DCM uses long-term average annual erosion rates in determining setback distances for oceanfront development.

  • Completed the final report of the state’s first comprehensive Beach and Inlet Management Plan. 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.

  • Provided assistance to coastal residents recovering from Hurricane Irene by issuing hundreds of CAMA emergency permits for rebuilding docks, piers, boathouses, bulkheads and other structures. DCM permitting staff worked closely with the state Department of Transportation to develop a strategy for repairing inlet breaches that Hurricane Irene opened on Hatteras Island and Pea Island. In addition, staff worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency on a consistency concurrence to ensure temporary FEMA trailers for hurricane victims would be placed consistent with Coastal Resources Commission rules.

  • Conducted training workshops for local permit officers in the coastal municipalities and counties that have a locally adopted implementation and enforcement Coastal Area Management Act program.

  • Continued dedicated efforts to respond to the CHPP public hearing comments of “better enforcement of existing rules.” The regulatory and compliance staff continued to monitor permitted projects, conduct routine aerial surveillance flights, and provide compliance assistance support to the public. More than 2,000 compliance monitoring inspections and more than 1,500 permit inspections were performed. The division had a 97 percent compliance rate of inspected permitted facilities, one of the highest in the DENR regulatory divisions.

  • Implemented the new North Carolina Clean Boater program, an important part of the North Carolina Clean Marina program, which is designed to assist marinas and boatyards in protecting our environment through the use of best management and operation practices. Both programs are strictly voluntary, but they show that marinas and boaters care about the environment. Boaters commit to clean boating by signing a pledge to protect North Carolina’s coastal waters, and receive a Clean Boater sticker from DCM to place on their vessel.

  • Reached thousands of students, teachers, local government officials, coastal decision makers, and other members of the coastal community through workshops, reserve site field trips, summer camps, and other educational activities conducted by the staff of the North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve.



Last Modified: April 14, 2009

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