Abandoned and Derelict Vessels

Added to the tons of debris along our coast are the many abandoned and derelict vessels (ADVs) that were scattered during hurricanes and tropical storms Matthew, Florence and Michael.  The N.C. Division of Coastal Management, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the federation have assessed and documented abandoned vessels targeted for removal through several funding programs.…

The Town of Pine Knoll Shores is working to reduce nuisance flooding by managing stormwater

OCEAN, NC — Heavy rains, on top of already saturated soils, frequently cause houses, yards and roads to flood. These flood waters then become polluted runoff, degrading coastal waterways. The Town of Pine Knoll Shores and the North Carolina Coastal Federation recently completed a project with support of the N.C. Land and Water Fund to tackle…

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North Carolina Coastal Federation Unveils Statewide Plan to Protect and Restore Oysters

OCEAN, N.C. – Today, the North Carolina Coastal Federation released the North Carolina Oyster Blueprint for 2021-2025, an action strategy created by more than 50 contributors across the state to advance restoration, protection and harvest of oysters. This is the fourth edition of the Blueprint, which was first issued in 2003. “Our ambitious vision for oysters in…

Permeable Parking Spaces Installed at Ward Shore Park to Capture Rainwater Runoff

OCEAN N.C. – The installation of pervious parking spaces is one of many projects recently implemented by the Town of Swansboro in partnership with the North Carolina Coastal Federation. Using funding from the EPA Section 319 grant program, project partners removed sections of asphalt and compacted turf, and replaced it with rock-filled permeable paving grids…

Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed Restoration Plan Virtual Meeting Set for April 15

WANCHESE, N.C. – Whether you live or farm within the Lake Mattamuskeet watershed, or visit the lake because you love to fish, hunt, or enjoy viewing waterfowl and wildlife, you can learn and ask questions about the latest actions to restore the lake from the comfort of your home.  A virtual public meeting will take place on…

Results and Reflections on the 2021 Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project

WANCHESE, N.C. – The Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project led by the North Carolina Coastal Federation in January, involved 60 commercial watermen and women who worked throughout the northeast and central coasts of North Carolina. Their efforts were focused on collecting lost crab pots as part of a marine debris removal effort to improve habitat, water…

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Three High School Seniors Honored by the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Expanded Awards Program

OCEAN, N.C. – The North Carolina Coastal Federation is honoring three graduating high school seniors with outstanding dedication to our coastal environment with the 2021 Coastal Stewardship Award. High school seniors from the 20 North Carolina coastal counties were invited to apply for the award and share their accomplishments and activities that make them a…