The Iredell Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has a new state cost-share program available to non-agricultural landowners. The Community Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP) is a statewide voluntary, incentive-based program to install Best Management Practices (BMPs) that promote water quality on non-agricultural lands. It is administered by the North Carolina Division of Soil and Water Conservation under the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Example of a BMP: Rain Garden
Polluted Stormwater Flowing to the Storm Drain
The purpose of CCAP is to treat polluted stormwater runoff and improve the water quality of our state’s waterways. With the population and development increasing, the amount of pollution in our stormwater and the rate of stormwater runoff continue to increase. In addition, this heightened level of runoff can lead to soil erosion. Sediment from eroding soils, along with pollution, in waterways can lower the dissolved oxygen content of the water, harm aquatic life, and increase purification costs for drinking water.
BMPs, such as rain gardens and stormwater wetlands, help to slow stormwater down and filter out pollutants from impervious surface runoff. BMPs, such as grassed swales, critical area planting, and streambank and shoreline protection, help to control erosion and therefore, reduce the amount of sediment that enters surface waters.
The Iredell SWCD is currently holding an open sign-up for CCAP. Schools, churches, businesses, government entities, and all other non-agricultural landowners are potentially eligible for this program. If you are interested in participating in the program or would like additional information, please contact the Iredell SWCD at 704-873-6761, ext. 3, or stop by our office located at 444 Bristol Drive.
will have their site assessed by a district professional. All
applications are ranked based on the water quality needs of your site
and the area. If approved, you will receive technical assistance in
designing an appropriate BMP to fit your specific water quality needs,
and you may receive 75% of the average cost of the practice in