This proposed project is a unique water quality partnership
between the City of New Bern,
The NC Ecosystem Enhancement Program (EEP), and the NC Clean Water Management
Trust Fund. The project involves the
construction of a stormwater wetland to capture and treat runoff from a large
watershed in New Bern.
The wetland is proposed as an environmental initiative by the City, and as a
part of the EEP Nutrient Offset Program. Once operational, the wetland will have the
ability to treat runoff from over 1,000 acres of residential and commercial
property. The project is unique in both its size and scope, and would be one of the
largest stormwater retrofits built to date in NC. The site location and
contributing watershed represents a rare chance to intercept stormwater before
it gets to the Neuse River, less than one mile away. In addition, the site will
be used by NC State University as a wetland research park to evaluate the
ability of large scale wetlands to improve water quality. It is our hope that
this project will set a new standard for treating stormwater at a watershed
scale and be an education center for design and construction of BMPs in a
coastal environment. The research that results from this project will not only
expand the knowledge base in stormwater treatment, but also provide guidance on
how to develop water quality goals balanced with ecological services and
I hope to keep construction and research progress updated here as the project continues. Please check back for updates and more photos!
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