Community Conservation Program

Community Conservation Assistance Program

Rain garden

What is CCAP?

A 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 Bioretention area
Backyard wetland Stream restoration
Permeable pavement Backyard rain garden
Diversion Cistern
Grassed swale Stormwater wetland
Riparian Buffer Pet waste receptacle
Critical area planting Abandoned well closure
Streambank and shoreline protection  

Additional Resources Available for Download

N.C. Community Conservation Assistance Program Brochure

N.C. Community Conservation Assistance Program Manual

N.C. Community Conservation Assistance Program Best Management Practice Design Manual

N.C. Community Conservation Assistance Program Forms

For more information, contact your local soil and water conservation district. A complete list of districts is available online at: http://www.ncagr.gov/sw/documents/2011.07.07%20-%20District%20Directory.pdf Contact Information:

Shelly Baird, CCAP Coordinator
Division of Soil and Water Conservation
1614 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1614
Phone: 919-715-6110
E-mail: shelly.baird@ncmail.net