Heal Our Waterways


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Striving to Heal Bradley & Hewletts Creeks

Heal Our Waterways is a City of Wilmington-led initiative to restore Bradley Creek and Hewletts Creek through Stormwater Solutions, guided by the voluntary Bradley and Hewletts Creeks Watershed Restoration Plan. We all can help improve water quality in both creeks and we are here to show you HOW!

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For Individual Properties

In partnership with New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District, the HOWBMP program offers full funding and installation of stormwater solutions on properties located within the Bradley Creek and Hewletts Creek Watersheds.

What can I have installed? 

This program installs rain gardens, wetlands, cisterns, and trees.

*Permeable pavement is not available through this funding program.

Who can apply? 

Single-family residences, business owners, and HOA groups are welcome to apply. 

Take a look at how the process works in the video below!  

For Developments and HOAs

The HOW Program offers a cost-share program for the installation of large-scale stormwater solutions in the Bradley and Hewletts Creeks Watersheds. Each project can receive up to $10,000 in rebates! 

Who can apply? 

Commercial, mixed use, and high-density properties and HOA common areas located within the Bradley Creek, Hewletts Creek, or connected Drains to ICW Watersheds are eligible.

*Single-family residences are not eligible for the cost-share program. 

What can be installed?

Large-scale stormwater solutions, such as constructed wetlands, bioretention areas, infiltration basins, permeable pavement, and rainwater harvesting.

For more details and eligible project types, please see the HOW Cost-Share Brochure(PDF, 11MB).


See Our Impact: 


Nearly 6 Million Gallons of Stormwater Treated!

Projects installed by residents, businesses, local and state agencies, and the Heal Our Waterways Program are treating nearly 6 million gallons of stormwater runoff in the Bradley and Hewletts Creeks Watersheds every time it rains!


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