Community Conservation Assistance Program

What is CCAP?

CCAP LogoA voluntary, incentive-based program designed to improve water quality through the installation of various best management practices (BMPs) on urban, suburban and rural lands, not directly involved in agricultural production. CCAP consists of educational, technical and financial assistance provided to landowners by local soil and water conservation districts.

Who is eligible?

Eligible landowners may include: homeowners, businesses, schools, parks, churches, and community groups. Essentially, all private and publicly owned lands are eligible for the program.

Why is this program important?

As North Carolina’s land use is changing and rapidly becoming more urbanized, CCAP can educate landowners on water quality and stormwater management, as well as retrofit practices to treat polluted stormwater runoff and ultimately improve the water quality of our state’s waterways.

How does CCAP work?

Interested landowners submit applications to their local soil and water conservation districts. Applications will be ranked based on local water quality priorities. If eligible, a conservation plan is prepared for the applicant to install the BMP (a landscaper may be used). The landowner may be reimbursed up to 75 percent of the pre-established average cost of the BMP.

What best management practices are approved for CCAP?

  • Impervious surface conversion
  • Grassed swale
  • Critical area planting
  • Bioretention area
  • Backyard rain garden
  • Stormwater wetland
  • Abandoned well closure
  • Backyard wetland
  • Diversion
  • Riparian Buffer
  • Cistern
  • Pet waste receptacle

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