HB 431 – Funds for Soil/Water Conservation Programs

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Jeffrey McNeely (R-Iredell); Rep. Jimmy Dixon (R-Duplin, Onslow); Rep. Pat Hurley (R-Randolph); Rep. Howard Penny, Jr. (R-Harnett)


This bill establishes the Streamflow Rehabilitation Assistance Program, a program supervised and administered by the Soil and Water Conservation Commission to assist eligible grantees protect and restore drainage infrastructure integrity through routine maintenance to existing streams and drainage ways by removing blockages caused by accumulated debris or sediment.

This bill also establishes Commission duties under the Program, including 1) establishing criteria to allocate funds to eligible grantees, 2) developing a process for soliciting and reviewing applications and for selecting applicants to participate in the program, and 3) adopting temporary and permanent rules as necessary to implement the Program.

This bill also appropriates $1.5M in nonrecurring funds for the 2021-2022 fiscal year to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for the Soil and Water Conservation Commission to support the Community Conservation Assistance Program.


Filed – 3/29/2021