Albemarle RC&D Council

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Wisely Conserving Natural Resources & Creating Opportunities for Positive Economic & Community Development

Nathan (Tommy) Everett from Tyrrell County elected Albemarle RC&D Chairman for 2015-2016


Serving the people of
Camden, Chowan,
Dare, Gates, Hyde
Pasquotank, Perquimans,
Tyrrell and
Washington Counties



Albemarle RC&D Council

The Albemarle Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council works with local communities in 10 counties around the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds to balance conservation of natural resources with economic and community development.

The RC&D program positively impacts local communities! Over the past 40 years, Albemarle RC&D has partnered with counties on more than 500 local projects worth millions of dollars.

The Albemarle region has received a return of $119 in grant funding for every $1 of annual support invested in the Albemarle RC&D Council!



Area-Wide Clearing and Snagging

ARC&D worked with Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), county governments and state legislators to obtain a $250,000 grant from NC Division of Water Resources to clear storm debris from rivers, streams and canals in 19 eastern NC counties, including the Council's ten counties around the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.  Recent tornadoes and storms caused significant damage to drainage systems, which has increased flooding in many areas.  The NC Division of Soil and Water Conservation is managing the $250,000 grant from Water Resources.  In Chowan, Perquimans and Pasquotank Counties, sections of Burnt Mill Creek, Upper Perquimans River and Little River will be cleared of debris.  For more information, contact the ARC&D Council or the county SWCD office.

Little River Watershed Restoration Project

rle Resource Conservation and Development Council, Perquimans and Pasquotank Counties, Soil and Water Conservation Districts,Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City Bass Masters, and local community groups are working together to restore the Little River watershed, which includes about eight miles of Impaired river (EPA 303d list, 2012).The watershed was once rich in biodiversity with key anadromous fish and shellfish areas, and swamp forests critical to support native fish and wildlife, mitigate flooding, and protect water quality.

To help restore its biodiversity, the partnership is developing a nine-step process which will include a construction of wetland filters on main drainage canals flowing into the Little River, restoration of natural hydrology in riparian buffers, conservation of riparian buffers, construction of fish habitat, improved public access, public outreach and environmental education, and monitoring and research. This watershed restoration plan is funded by a Clean Water Act 205j grant to the Albemarle Commission. 

Pembroke Creek Park Access Improvement Project

Pembroke Creek Park is an important resource for public access to Pembroke Creek and surrounding waters in Edenton (Chowan County).  The park serves local residents and visitors for fishing, canoeing, kayaking and nature tourism.  Over the years, storms eroded the shoreline, parts of the wooden boardwalk have deteriorated, parking was limited to grassy areas and there was no handicapped access.

ARC&D is working with Chowan County and the Edenton/Chowan Recreation Department to restore access to this recreation area in Edenton.  ARC&D assisted the county with project design and grant writing.  It is also providing technical support for the construction phase, which is currently underway.  The final project will include
2 gravel parking areas, replacement of 110' boardwalk at ground level with handicap access, installation of a canoe/kayak launch platform & gangway, replacement of 330' of bulkhead, construction of 2 fishing piers, and installation of picnic tables, solar lighting and signage.  The project is funded through a $149,720 grant from the NC Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Program, with matching funds from the county. 

Hertford Waterfront Access Improvement Project

The town of Hertford is constructing a nine-slip marina on the Perquimans River.  ARC&D provided design and grant writing support for the project.  It is also assisting with project management.  The project is funded through grants from the NC Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Program, NC Boating Infrastructure Grant Program, and NC Rural Center STEP grant program with matching funds from the town.

Plymouth Waterfront Access Improvement Project

The town of Plymouth (Washington County) is actively promoting its waterfront to stimulate its economy and to encourage water-based recreation.  The downtown riverfront is anchored by the Port O'Plymouth Civil Water Museum at the east end and the Roanoke River Lighthouse and Maritime Museum at the west end.

ARCD has been working with the town of Plymouth for the past several years on a phased waterfront renovation project.  In 2009 and 2012, CAMA Public Access grants were used to replace boardwalks with handrails and install benches, lighting and handicap access ramps from shore.  Boat slips for small boats and a handicap accessible canoe and kayak launch platform were added at one end of the waterfront, and a 9-slip marina was recently completed at the west side of town (with sewage pumpout, electricity and water). 

The  town is now renovating a 50' pier behind City Hall on the Roanoke River.  ARC&D provided design and grant writing support for the project.  The project is funded through a $32,950 grant from the NC Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Program with matching funds from the town. 

Tyrrell County Veterans' Park

The Veterans' Park in Tyrrell County offers scenic views of the  Scuppernong River and Columbia’s downtown waterfront, and can be accessed by pedestrian walkway, road, motor boat and canoes/kayaks.  The park was used in the past for picnicking, fishing and tent camping, but the area was damaged by Hurricane Isabel in 2003.

yrrell County will receive a $85,500 grant from the NC Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Program to improve public access to Veterans' Park on the Scuppernong River across from the Columbia waterfront.  ARC&D assisted with project design and grant writing.  The Council will also assist the county with project management during construction. 

Camden County Schools

ARC&D is working with Camden Soil and Water Conservation District and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to develop an outdoor environmental education classroom at Camden High School.   

Albemarle RC&D leadership transitions from Rodney Johnson to Tommy Everett

Outgoing ARCD Chairman Rodney Johnson (L) of Pasquotank accepts a plaque of appreciation from the incoming 2015-16 Chairman Nathan (Tommy) Everett of Tyrrell at the May 2015 Quarterly Council meeting
held in Edenton, NC.



ARCD needs your help to continue to conserve natural resources and positively impact local economic development!

Help us continue to make a difference in YOUR community!

 We need your support! 
Please send your tax deductible donation today to:  
730 N. Granville St. Suite B
Edenton, NC  27932

Thank you!

ARCD is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization



Albemarle RC&D    recognized for exemplary performance 6 years in a row!

Albemarle RC&D is proud to announce that it  received the Enhanced membership designation in 2015 by the National RC&D Association for the sixth year in a row!  

Albemarle RC&D was  the 6th RC&D Council (of 375) in the nation to earn and maintain  Enhanced (Tier II) membership in the National Association's Circle of Diamonds program which recognizes exemplary governance practices and high management standards! 





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