Residential Assessment Pilot Project
**Please note that applications are no longer being accepted for the pilot project. This webpage remains for informational purposes only.**
Carrboro homeowners were invited to participate in a pilot residential stormwater assessment project in early 2023. The project's purpose is to support homeowners by providing no-cost professional assessments of potential stormwater, stream, and flood resilience-related improvements.
More information about the contractor that provided the assessments is available here.
Applications were accepted January 5-March 14 at which point the project capacity of 50 assessments was reached.
Project final reports are available below.
If you have any questions, please contact Stormwater staff at 919 913-2999 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What is a residential stormwater assessment?
An assessment is technical advice given to a homeowner regarding possible solutions to flooding, drainage, erosion, or other stormwater or stream related concerns. It consists of an onsite consultation with the assessment provider and a detailed report/assessment customized to the property and owner’s interests.
- Who was eligible for having an assessment completed?
Single family residential property owners within the Town’s municipal limits were eligible.
- What are examples of stormwater concerns addressed by the assessment?
Examples of Stormwater-Related Concerns
- Flooding resulting in property damage or health/safety concerns
- Other drainage issues (e.g., extended yard saturation)
- Eroding slopes or stream channels
- Stream buffers
- Water quality
- What types of practices, measures, or improvements were within the scope of what the assessor considered? What was outside the scope?
Within the Scope of the Assessment
- Green stormwater infrastructure such as rain gardens and bioswales.
- Impervious surface reduction or disconnection (dispersing rather than concentrating flow)
- Swale or ditch repairs
- Rainwater harvesting (cisterns and rain barrels)
- Vegetation additions or adaptations
- Building or mechanical system elevation adaptations
- A conceptual plan and assessment
Outside the Scope of the Assessment
- Recommending specific contractors
- More detailed design/engineering plans
- Project cost estimations
- Other project procurement or management assistance
- Who provided the assessments?
Michael Dupree, an independent contractor, provided the assessments. He has extensive experience in stormwater and community outreach in Durham County and across North Carolina. He has been providing landscape, irrigation, stormwater and stream related consultation, and design services for Triangle residents since 1989.
- Will this be offered in the future?
A new residential program design was approved by the Town Council on January 9th, 2024. A public hearing has been set for February 27th, 2024 to adjust the Stormwater rate structure to fund the program. If the rate structure amendment is approved, more assessments and cost sharing for eligible practices will be offered. Applications could begin to be received again in mid 2024.