FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Program incentivizes mitigation projects that include nature-based solutions, giving them an advantage in nationally competitive grants.
One of the projects receiving funding during the inaugural year of the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities grant program focusing on climate resilience and nature-based solutions was the Lumberton Loop: A City-Wide Plan Flood Mitigation, Restoration, and Recreation in Lumberton, North Carolina.
The project restores stream channels, constructs wetlands, reforests floodplains, demolishes roadways and develops multi-modal paths to reduce future flood losses and enhance the equity of park space to disadvantaged populations. The project also mitigates future cascading risks to critical lifelines that are vulnerable to hurricanes and floods, improves water quality, increases opportunities for economic development, and increases public health.
This project was co-created through various collaborations and partnerships including: the City of Lumberton, North Carolina State University’s Coastal Dynamics Design Lab, The Conservation Fund, resident stakeholders, North Carolina’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, North Carolina Department of Transportation, North Carolina State Parks, and the Lumber River Conservancy.
Learn More About the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities
The below recorded webinar examines the role of nature-based solutions in mitigation and FEMA's strategic vision.