Living Shoreline Cost-Share for Homeowners

Living shorelines help control erosion and provide habitat for surrounding marine life. With assistance from various grant sources, the federation has had the opportunity to work alongside several homeowners to install living shorelines at private properties. Funding sources include the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Fish and Wildlife Service, N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund,…

Implementation of the Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed Restoration Plan Begins this Summer

SWAN QUARTER – Hyde County and East Carolina University contracted the North Carolina Coastal Federation to advance community engagement and implementation of the Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed Restoration Plan. This restoration plan outlines steps that need to be taken to maintain the way of life within the county and improve water management and water quality in…

Large Scale Wetland Restoration (NRCS)

Wetlands are replacing ditched and drained lands in several large-scale restoration projects being completed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service in coastal plain counties. Since 2017, the Coastal Federation has been working with the federal agency to assist in the survey, design and construction oversight at several of their coastal wetland restoration projects. Some of…

Soundfront Property Owners Construct Living Shoreline

WANCHESE—The North Carolina Coastal Federation is working with soundfront shoreline property owners to install living shorelines that reduce erosion and maintain valuable habitat. In order to encourage estuarine shoreline landowners to install living shorelines, the federation is administering cost-share grant funds from the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund. The grant allows the federation…

“Changing Minds On Climate Science”: A CRO series in partnership with the Pulitzer Center

Farmers, fishermen and residents in the easternmost regions of North Carolina are dealing daily with the effects of climate change, though they may have other explanations for what they experience. “Changing Minds On Climate Science” is a multipart series that goes beyond Coastal Review Online’s daily reporting on coastal environmental issues and the people here…

Living Shoreline Construction Begins at Oriental’s Whittaker Pointe

  OCEAN – After several years of planning, construction of the living shoreline at Whittaker Pointe in Oriental, NC has begun. The Whittaker Pointe peninsula serves as the primary defense for almost 300 town buildings, businesses and residences against the waves and surge from the Neuse River during storms and routine high wind events. Unfortunately,…

UNCW Parking Lot Absorbs Rain

The hard surfaces of parking lots usually contribute to polluted stormwater runoff and flooding by collecting rain and directing it to storm drains. But a new project at UNC-Wilmington funded by the EPA Section 319 program is reversing this course and reducing runoff. Engineering firm Coastal Stormwater Services, Inc. worked with the Coastal Federation to…

Coastal Federation Purchases Land on Bogue Sound in Partnership with Carteret County, State and Federal Agencies and Lawmakers

OCEAN– The North Carolina Coastal Federation partnered with Carteret County to acquire 76.25 acres of land in the community of Ocean on March 20, 2020. Located between the Morada Bay Subdivision and Red Barn Road, the property has a remarkable view of the Bogue Sound that will ultimately be shared with and accessible by the…

Three Grants Awarded to Advance the Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed Restoration Plan

Since the plan was officially approved, three grants have been awarded to advance the Lake Mattamsukeet Watershed Restoration Plan. 1)  The Clean Water Management Trust Fund awarded a grant to Hyde County. This project will allow stakeholders to consider developing a service district that would help to manage water levels in the watershed. It would…