Attorney General Josh Stein announced a major grant for Lumberton in Robeson County.
The $150,000 Environmental Enhancement Grant Program comes from funds won in a state settlement with Smithfield Foods. The money will allow Lumberton to restore wetlands and increase the water quality in Lumber River, according to The Robesonian.
Funds from the litigation will continue to be dispersed, including on other work in Robeson County.
The projects should help to relieve flooding in Lumberton, an area badly affected by flooding during Hurricanes Matthew and Florence.
The grant will improve water quality and ecological habitats, as well as restore floodplains, according to the press release from the Department of Justice.
“As Attorney General, my job is to protect North Carolinians – including the air we breathe and the water we drink,” Stein said in the press release.
According to the DOJ, Stein is set to distribute over $3.5 million to various projects in the state.