Flood Resiliency Blueprint DEQ’s Division of Mitigation Services is developing the first North Carolina Flood Resiliency Blueprint. The Blueprint is a statewide watershed planning effort to establish a framework and tools to assist local communities in decision-making related to reducing flood risk and increasing resilience. Working with interagency partners and stakeholders, the Division plans a comprehensive approach to identify problems, address barriers, and prioritize solutions. The Blueprint should: Identify sources and types of flooding: causes, frequencies, scale of damage, and statewide geographic distribution of risk; identify major watersheds affected by flooding Account for existing resilience programs, stakeholders and funding sources, as well as programs and funding established in the current budget; Inventory data for existing data and data gaps; Identify the appropriate scale and roles for potential future state funding to address gaps Develop appropriate visualization and decision-making tools for various stakeholders to quantify and map flood risk within a watershed; match appropriate resilience tools and tactics to areas of risk match available funding sources to specific actions, and prioritize specific actions Make recommendations for statewide implementation, including governance and decision-making structures, future Blueprint iteration management, watershed-scale stakeholder engagement, and stewardship of projects that receive state funding. As required by Session Law 2021-180, DMS will select an organization to develop the Blueprint and deliver an initial draft no later than December 31, 2023. Next Steps To inform the scope of the Blueprint, DMS invited interested parties, including vendors, stakeholders, nonprofits, and government entities, to provide input on the development of a statewide Flood Resiliency Blueprint via a Request for Information. Vendors were also able to provide their qualifications to complete the work of the Blueprint via an Invitation for Bid. Both procurement processes closed on February 24, 2022. DMS will invite pre-qualified teams to respond to a full scope of work via a Request for Proposal (RFP) in the spring of 2022. DMS expects to have an organization under contract by summer of 2022. Only pre-qualified vendors will be eligible to respond to the Blueprint RFP. For more information, please contact Kirsten Ullman.