Advocacy: Central Coast 

Cedar Point Completes Plan to Reduce Stormwater

The cistern at Western Carteret Fire Dept.

To demonstrate simple and effective ways to reduce the amount of stormwater flowing into the White Oak River, the federation worked with Cedar Point, a small town in Carteret County; a fire department; and a local business on a comprehensive project to reduce polluted runoff into the White Oak River.

The project included cisterns to capture and resuse water from rooftops, rain gardens and an artificial wetland and local ordinances in Cedar Point and neighboring Cape Carteret to encourage the use of low-impact development techniques to reduce stormwater.

A 3,000-gallon cistern was installed at the Western Carteret Fire Department. The cistern, installed next to the building, connects to a gutter system to capture rainwater from roof. An overflow pipe from the cistern connects to an existing stormwater pond in the event heavy rain exceeds the capacity of the cistern. The fire department intends to use the captured rainwater to wash vehicles.

Carteret Heating & Cooling Inc. installed a 1,500-gallon cistern to reduce stormwater that was directly entering the White Oak. The building is just a few feet from the river. Runoff had been running directly into the river. The cistern was installed behind the building and captures stormwater from the roof. The water will be used to wash vehicles, for irrigation and to control dust on the business’ gravel parking lot.

Another 3,000-gallon cistern was placed at the Cedar Point Town Hall to capture from the building’s rooftop. The rainwater will be used for irrigation and the overflow will be directed to a large rain garden that was built adjacent to Town Hall.

Grants for the cisterns came from the Community Conservation Assistance Program of the Division of Soil and Water Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Environmental Rainwater Solutions installed the cisterns.

The projects are among the recommendations in a plan to restore the lower White Oak. The federation worked with Cedar Point and other partners to devise the plan two years ago after determining that stormwater runoff was polluting shellfish beds in the lower river with bacteria. Cedar Point then received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to follow up on some of the clean-up recommendations.

Other steps to control stormwater that the town and its partners completed a wetland and three rain gardens at Western Park, a county-owned park near Cedar Point. Three stations to dispose of dog waste were also placed in the park. Measures to control runoff were also installed at a boat ramp in the Cedar Point Recreation Area in the Croatan National Forest.

PCS Phosphate Still Has Plans for Morehead City Port

After withdrawing its plans to build a sulfur smelter at the state port in Morehead City because of widespread community opposition, the Potash Corporation of Saskachewan now wants to import dry sulfur to the port. The company would then ship the sulfur by barge to its fertilizer plant on the Pamlico River where it would be melted.

The federation continues to work with the grassroots organization, the Clean County Coalition, which formed to oppose the smelter. The group is trying to evaluate the latest company proposal. The federation also continues to work with the Morehead City Planning Board as it studies whether to amend the zoning code for the port to prevent highly objectionable projects in the future.