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How To:

Install and Maintain Stormwater Solutions

Get Help Paying For a Stormwater Solution

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).

Properties Outside of Bradley & Hewletts Creeks

Don't own property in the Bradley Creek, Hewletts Creek, Drains to ICW2, or Drains to ICW3 watershed areas? While you may not be eligible for funding through the HOW Program, you may be eligible for one of the funding programs offered by New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District. Visit their website to learn more and apply!

 New Hanover Soil & Water Conservation District Funding Programs

Monthly Rain Barrel Sales


Discounted rain barrels can be purchased through monthly sales coordinated by New Hanover Soil & Water Conservation District. The sale is co-sponsored between New Hanover Soil & Water Conservation District and City of Wilmington Stormwater. 

For full details and sale dates, please visit the link below. 

Monthly Rain Barrel Sale Information

Landscape with Native Plants


Bradley & Hewletts Creek Watershed Restoration Plan

Fiscal Year Annual Summaries

Educational Postcard Series

UNCW Annual Water Quality Reports

Other Publications

Make a Ripple: Ambassador Materials


Stories of the Creeks:

If you have a story of growing up and living near Bradley or Hewletts Creeks, we would love to include them! Email us at healourwaterways@wilmingtonnc.gov.