Stormwater Management

Stormwater management in Nags Head is a complex balancing act between several competing factors such as economic development, natural resource perseveration, flood control, and water quality. Development and redevelopment create a feedback loop with respect to stormwater runoff. As development occurs, stormwater runoff increases from the addition of hard surfaces, reducing the ability to infiltrate into the ground. Vegetation removal and the importation of fill material to support development can decrease evapotranspiration and eliminate natural drainage features and areas of infiltration. More stormwater runoff enters the system, thus continuing the cycle.

Frequent flooding can curtail investment and tourism in a town where tourism is a critical part of the economy. The desire to limit flooding must be tempered by the need to limit pollution from entering the adjoining surface waters of the Roanoke Sound and Atlantic Ocean. Degraded or polluted waterways can lead to beach and shellfishing closures, which also has an impact on tourism and the economy.

The Town of Nags Head believes that good environmental stewardship includes providing a safe and healthy place for residents and visitors to live, work, and play. The Town also believes that this can be done in an environmentally sensitive manner. Working together we can manage stormwater more effectively to protect our local water resources and our community.

Program Responsibilities

Nags Head's Stormwater Management Program works to improve the collection, treatment, and transportation of stormwater runoff through publicly owned infrastructure while enhancing pollutant removal prior to discharging to receiving waters. Program responsibilities include maintaining and repairing existing facilities, constructing new facilities, educating the public, and developing plans.

Learn more about the current stormwater services provided by the Town.

Program Funding

Nags Head previously collected a stormwater utility fee through the water bills of all Town water customers. In 2016, the utility fee was converted to a one cent ad valorem tax. The ad valorem tax was increased in 2018 to two cents, which equates to approximately $470,000 annually.

These funds are reserved for stormwater management purposes only and used to support activities to mitigate localized flooding and enhance water quality within the town.

Learn more about stormwater management funding and related expenditures.

  1. David Ryan

    Town Engineer
    Phone: 252-441-6221

  2. Physical Address
    5401 S Croatan Highway
    Nags Head, NC 27959

    Mailing Address
    P.O. Box 99
    Nags Head, NC 27959

    Fax: 252-441-0776

  3. Residential Stormwater

  4. Kate Jones

    Engineer Technician
    Phone: 252-449-4209

  1. March 15, 2019 Project Construction Update - Red Drum Outfall Upstream

    The Town has hired a contractor to conduct drainage improvements at the upstream end of the ocean outfall near Red Drum. Read on...
  2. February 28, 2019 Drainage Improvement Construction Update

    From March until about June 1, 2019, the Town will be conducting drainage improvement projects in the areas of the Red Drum outfall, the Nags Head Acres and Vista Colony neighborhoods, and the Village at Nags Head from Mall Drive to Epstein Street. Read on...
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