2019 Legislative Roundup

In January, the North Carolina General Assembly completed its 2019 legislative session. With the 2020 session not expected to begin until April, now is an excellent time to review the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s 2019 state policy work. The federation had considerable success in Raleigh last year. Some of our most significant victories include: $1.8M…

North Carolina House approved legislation to provide relief to victims of Hurricane Dorian

Last week, the North Carolina House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation to provide relief to victims of Hurricane Dorian – including a number of ambitious new investments to make the coast more resilient to storms and flooding. The House’s $280 million dollar package provides matching funds to draw down federal relief funding, as well as…

SELC challenges repeal of clean water protections on behalf of conservation groups

CHARLESTON, S.C. – On Oct. 24 the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of conservation groups challenged in court the repeal of clean water protections under the Clean Water Act, one of the nation’s bedrock environmental laws. The legal challenge, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, opens a major…

Federation achieves key policy goal

The North Carolina Coastal Federation achieved one of its key policy goals recently when the North Carolina General Assembly approved legislation that includes $3.3 million for the preservation of the Stroud Property on Bogue Sound in Carteret County. Protecting this property from development was at the top of the federation’s to-do list for the 2019…

Federation joins organizations in opposing WOTUS repeal

On Sept. 12, 2019, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency (“agencies”) announced a final rule (“Repeal Rule”) that changes the definition of the “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. Effectively, this rule repeals the 2015 rule in which the Obama administration expanded the definition of waters covered…