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Stormwater Division

About the Stormwater Divsion

The City of New Bern's Stormwater Maintenance Division was created in July 2012. The division is responsible for the annual maintenance and repair of the City's storm drainage system. The storm drainage system contains more than 60 miles of storm b67cb89df88d3580a90109e0eb90cc6a_f1069drain piping, 80 miles of major and minor drainage outlets and 4,000 drainage structures. Crews within this division will be responsible for the routine cleaning and maintenance of storm drain piping and structures, routine clearing, grubbing and sediment removal for all major and minor outlets, and repairing/replacing/upgrading existing storm drainage infrastructure.

Each month, City maintenance crews will concentrate their efforts in one of four working zones. Crews will provide maintenance to existing storm drain pipes, drainage outlets, and drainage structures in accordance with the Levels of Service document.


In the late 1990's, the North Carolina State Legislature adopted a specific set of rules which target the reduction of nitrogen into the Neuse River Basin from non-point sources, such as runoff from logging and tree farming in the Forestry Industry, runoff from farming operations in the Agricultural Industry and urban stormwater from fifteen governmental entities throughout the Neuse River Basin. The City of New Bern, as one of those entities, was required to implement a program which reduces total nitrogen export by 30 percent, maintains a no net increase of peak flow, and ensures compliance with requirements for protecting and maintaining existing riparian buffers in all new developments which disturb more than one half acre of land. Under the rule, each entity is required to implement public education programs (Neuse Cleanwater Education Partnership,, identify and remove illegal discharges into the stormwater system, identify suitable locations for stormwater retrofit projects for the reduction of nitrogen, and submit an annual report to the state documenting progress and net changes to nitrogen load from within the city’s planning jurisdiction. As a convenience to developers, engineers, and those interested in knowing more about the rule as it applies to the City of New Bern, please go to Neuse Stormwater Management Manual where you will find information concerning treatment requirements under the rule, the city’s stormwater ordinance, and downloadable forms needed in the application for a stormwater permit.

Improvement Projects

Jack Smith Creek Stormwater Wetlands

This project is a unique water quality partnership between the City of New Bern, The NC Ecosystems Enhancement Program, and the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund. The project involves the construction of a stormwater wetland to capture and treat runoff from a large watershed in New Bern. The wetland is proposed as an environmental initiative by the City, and as a part of the EEP Nutrient Offset Program. The wetland has the ability to treat runoff from over 1,000 acres of residential and commercial property. The project is unique in both its size and scope, and is the largest stormwater retrofit built to date in NC. The site location and contributing watershed represents a rare chance to intercept stormwater before it gets to the Neuse River, less than one mile away. In addition, the site is in use by NC State University as a wetland research park to evaluate the ability of large scale wetlands to improve water quality.

Click here to view the Jack Smith Creek Wetlands Brochure.
Click here for an overall map of the wetlands site.
Click here to view the Jack Smith Creek Information Video.

Dunn Street Storm Drain Improvements Project

The Dunn Street Stormdrain Improvements Project was designed, administered and funded through the City of New Bern's Stormwater Maintenance Division. The purpose of the project was to improve drainage and to prevent flooding along a section of North Craven Street and Dunn Street. The project consisted of replacing approximately 600 feet of existing 12" failing stormdrain pipe with a new 36" pipe from North Craven Street to the Neuse River. The installation work was contracted to Bear Contracting LLC, from New Bern North Carolina.

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Glenburnie Park Culvert Crossing Improvements
The culvert crossing project at Glenburnie Park was constructed to increase the flow of stormwater runoff, during major storm event. This project consisted of replacing a single 36" stormdrain pipe with two new 36" stormdrain pipes and relocating an existing watermain that went through the existing pipe. This project was designed, administered and funded by the Stormwater Maintenance Division with the installation contracted out to Bear Contracting, LLC of New Bern North Carolina.

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Trent Village Storm Drain Improvements Project
The Trent Villege Stormdrain Improvements was deisgned, administered and funded by the City of New Bern's Stormwater Maintenance Division to resolve an existing flooding problem within the Trent Villege neighborhood. The project consisted of install new 18", 24" and 36" stormdrain pipe throughout the neighboorhood. The installing work was contracted to James L. Cayton LLC, from New Bern North Carolina.

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Biddle Street Stormwater Pond Improvements Project
One of the first projects completed by the newly formed Stormwater Maintenance Division was the improvements to the Stormwater pond located on Biddle Street, in the Duffyfield neighborhood. City staff reconstructed the stormwater pond and enlarged it to four times it original size. In addition a single 1/2 HP pump was replaced with two 7 HP pump. 100% of the worked was completed by City staff.
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Contact Us

Avery Smith, Stormwater Superintendent
(252)636-1848 Fax