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Outer Banks Low Impact Development Assessment

The UNC Coastal Studies Institute and the Outer Banks Hydrology Management Committee hosted a presentation of an assessment of the Hurricane Isabel Floodingfeasibility of implementing Low Impact Development (LID) methods as part of a regional integrated stormwater management program.  Moffatt and Nichol, the engineering firm hired to perform the assessment, presented their findings at a public meeting at Jockey's Ridge State Park Auditorium in Nags head on June 22, 2006. 

In 2005, the Outer Banks Hydrology Management Committee was convened to review issues related to flooding and stormwater problems facing Dare and Currituck counties.  The committee identified problems linked to stormwater management in the outer banks including flooding, closing of shellfish beds, property damage and threatened water quality of the receiving waters.  Based on stakeholder input, the committee outlined a number of action items to address stormwater and water quality issues on the Outer Banks. 

..OBX LID Study Area

A key recommendation of the committee was to remove barriers and develop incentives for the use of Low Impact Development (LID) on the Outer Banks.  LID's goal is to mimic a site's prevelopment hydrology by using techniques that infiltrate filter, store, evaporate and detain runoff close to its source.

The study is a follow up to the efforts by the Outer Banks Hydrology Management Committee, conducted for UNC-CSI in partnership with Dare and Currituck counties.  The LID study area encompasses all of the Outer Banks portions of Dare and Currituck counties

For a complete copy of the LID feasibilibity assessment report, please click here (PDF).

For a copy of the LID presentation from the public meeting on June 22, 2006, please click here (PDF).

For a copy of the Outer Banks Hydrology Management Committee report, please click here (PDF).


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