Public Notice

Public Notice

Information About New Flood Maps and Flood Ordinance Changes


Brunswick County is considering adopting new flood maps and amending the County’s Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

FEMA regularly updates Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) using studies to improve the maps and ensure their accuracy. The last maps FEMA approved for our area were adopted in 2006; since then, FEMA has worked to study and improve these maps. Now that FEMA has approved updated maps, Brunswick County can adopt them and continue to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

To view the current effective maps or the preliminary maps on the State’s website, visit the Flood Risk Information System (FRIS) – Flood Maps, which will automatically show the current effective maps. To view the preliminary maps, in the top right corner of the page, click on “Effective” and change to “Preliminary.” This will allow the viewer to see the maps being adopted on August 28, 2018.

Brunswick County will be scheduling a public hearing about these changes, and a public informational workshop will be held on July 10, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the County Commissioners Chambers, at 30 Government Center Drive in Bolivia, NC.

For more information about the proposed changes to the Flood Maps and the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, click here.

Statement on GenX, Water Quality Standards


A recent media report has touched on the presence of the chemical GenX in the Cape Fear River, from which Brunswick County Public Utilities (BCPU), Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and Pender County Utilities draw portions of their raw water supply. This chemical is made by a company named Chemours, located on the Cape Fear River upstream from Wilmington, where it is suspected the chemical’s presence in the river originates.

Water from BCPU meets all EPA and state standards regarding water quality, including monitoring for the presence and concentration of dozens of different chemicals and substances, with the results of more than 25 of those substances reported annually. The EPA has a process to evaluate new chemicals to determine their potential impact at different levels and to set quality and safety standards, if any are needed; currently, GenX and approximately 700 other chemicals are in this process and being monitored. At this time, data is not readily available on whether or not this is a chemical of concern, nor are commercial labs currently testing for the presence or concentration of this specific chemical. The EPA is in a better position, with greater resources, than Brunswick County to make these evaluations and set these standards and guidelines.

Brunswick County Public Utilities and other public utility providers are sharing information about this new chemical. Local utilities have requested additional information from the NC Department of Environmental Quality, and BCPU looks forward to receiving any additional information provided. BCPU will follow any additional information or guidance resulting from this inquiry or the EPA process.

Brunswick County Public Utilities takes seriously its commitment to providing safe, quality drinking water to its citizens and customers.