North Carolina Key Facts:
Water and Environment
- North Carolina’s dam safety program has 18 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 248.8 state regulated dams.
- North Carolina has 1,255 high hazard dams.
- 31% of the state regulated dams in North Carolina have an Emergency Action Plan.
- North Carolina’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $1,205,710.
- North Carolina has reported $10 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- North Carolina has 37 sites on the National Priorities List.
- North Carolina has approximately 46 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.
- North Carolina has reported $6.6 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- There are 112 public-use airports in North Carolina.
- 2,192 of the 18,165 (12.1%) bridges in North Carolina are considered structurally deficient.
- 3,296 of the 18,165 (18.1%) bridges in North Carolina are considered functionally obsolete.
- North Carolina received $110.4 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.
- North Carolina has 1,150 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 7th in the nation.
- North Carolina’s ports handled 10.7 million short tons of cargo in 2009, ranking it 33rd in the nation.
- North Carolina has 22 freight railroads covering 3,245 miles across the state, ranking it 18th by mileage.
- Driving on roads in need of repair costs North Carolina motorists $1.555 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $241 per motorist.
- 45% of North Carolina’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
- North Carolina has 105,103 public road miles.
- North Carolina’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 10,709 per capita, ranking it 17th in the nation.
- North Carolina’s gas tax of 37.8 cents per gallon has not been increased in 0 years.
- North Carolina has 59,616 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.
Parks and Recreation
- North Carolina has reported an unmet need of $1.44 billion for its parks system.
- Public school districts in North Carolina spent a total of $4 billion on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
- It is estimated that North Carolina schools have $9.8 billion in infrastructure funding needs.
- North Carolina produces 6.840 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 13th.
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