Swannanoa Floodbench and Constructed Wetlands Project SRP-SW-ARP-0026

In February 2023, the Town of Black Mountain received $5 million in ARPA LASII funding for the Swannanoa Floodplain Project identified in the Stormwater Master Plan Update. The LASH grant funding pays all costs associated with developing and constructing this project. The original project location included the North Bank of the Swannanoa River from Hwy 9 to 1-40 near the Community Gardens. In August 2023, the town solicited requests for qualifications for engineering firms to assist with the project scope and design. During the process, firms expressed varying concerns regarding the project scope and proposed time lines. Timelines are beyond the control of the town and all LASII construction projects in this grant must be completed and closed by the end of 2026. Failing to meet the required federal deadlines creates financial risk for the Town. 

Due to the timeframe of the funding and project deadlines required by the federal government, the granting authority and Town  determined pursuing this project at the original location was unachievable. In September 2023, both agreed to pursue an alternate project that is similar in nature which is also identified in the Stormwater Master Plan. The new project area will encompass two sites which are both located on town owned property and may be viewed in the Project Area tab below.  The entire Project Area Map may also be viewed in the Documents section below. 

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  1. Angela Reece, MPA, MMC, NCCMC

    Project & Facilities Manager
    Phone: 828-419-9300, ext. 315

  1. Project Timeline
  2. Project Area
  3. Funding
  4. Documents




RFQ/P Released



Mandatory Pre-Response Conference 

We will meet in the board room at Town Hall located at 160 Midland Ave., Black Mountain NC 28711

12:00 PM


Deadline for Questions (written)

2:00 PM


Town will Provide Final Response to Question(s) via Addendum(s) by this date. 

5:00 PM


Response Submissions DUE

2:00 PM 


Deadline for Town Approval of Design-Build Contract 



Execution of Design Build Contract

Within 7 days after Town approval of design-build contract.


Engineering Report Submittal to NCDEQ


The Engineering Report must be developed using the guidance found on NCDEQ Website: (https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-infrastructure/i-have-funding/engineering-reportenvironmental-information).

Milestone #2

ASAP after execution of design-build contract

Design Package Submittal due to NCDEQ

Milestone #4

ASAP after award 

Firm must be able to complete all the work and close the grant by the end of 2026.


ARPA Guidelines

December 31, 2026

*No reimbursements will be made after this date