With the 2019 Hurricane Season approaching, it is time to check your stormwater devices to make sure they will work properly during heavy rains. CBCC put together a guide to maintaining these “BMPs” (Best Management Practices) such as swales, culverts, water bars, sediment ponds.
Click here to view, or pick up a brochure at the CBCC office.
ROADWORK BY LOCAL NEIGHBORHOODS TO REDUCE SEDIMENT REACHING THE BAY
National Fish and Wildlife Federation and EPA (via DPNR) grants received in 2016 & 2017 are providing engineering and some construction funds to help neighborhoods improve their access road drainage and reduce erosion and sedimentation.
RECOVERING FROM HURRICANES IRMA & MARIA
CBCC has been working hard, both through post storm projects and immediate volunteer clean up efforts to restore our precious green environment. Read more about helping the mangroves to recover: //coralbaycommunitycouncil.org/helping-the-environment-recover-from-hurricane-damage/
Want to lead a volunteer team to clean debris out of the mangroves. Contact CBCC with your preferred date and time, area, and number of people – and we will help you.
Read here about CBCC’s analytic efforts post-storm. Hurricane Recovery & Stormwater Management – CBCC’s Post-Hurricane Residential Road Assessment
WETLANDS RESTORATION: CBCC volunteers and a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Five Star grant in 2012 restored 1 ½ acres of wetlands and created a small corner park in the heart of Coral Bay, for the appreciation of nature. LINK
CBCC and community volunteers continue the maintenance of this area for our partner/landowner, the VI Department of Agriculture.
NOAA MARINE DEBRIS REMOVAL GRANT: CBCC received $90,000 in grant funds from the NOAA Marine Debris Program and NOAA Restoration Center for a significant marine debris removal project in Coral Bay, St. John. The project is focused on removing derelict vessels in Coral Harbor and cleaning up marine debris along shorelines, in mangroves and in the boat mooring areas. CBCC has committed to providing in-kind services and funds for a total project value of nearly $140,000. CBCC is undertaking volunteer clean-up efforts at selected shoreline and mangrove area locations in cooperation with Coral Bay Yacht Club members, the Kids and the Sea program (KATS), and the John’s Folly Learning Institute. The Friends of the VI National Park is also contributing the value of their annual International Coast Weeks all-island volunteer cleanup to this effort – acknowledging the importance of this derelict vessel removal project for St. John. Link