Federation submits comments on 300-acre park expansion

The North Carolina Coastal Federation sent a comment letter Monday to Sara Burroughs of Sage Design, the Wilmington-based firm leading the planning process for developing the 300-acre addition to the mainland access of Hammocks Beach State Park. Todd Miller, the executive director of the federation and Sam Bland, a coastal specialist with the federation and…

Federation coastal scientist talks living shorelines on radio show

As part of a growing effort to improve habitat and water quality on the coast, the North Carolina Coastal Federation has partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to construct oyster reefs in estuaries throughout North Carolina. The federation has been busy over the past few months constructing an oyster reef at Trinity Center…

Q&A with Ellen Gilinsky of the EPA Office of Water

  On Sept. 26, a group from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) visited coastal North Carolina by invitation from the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuary Partnership (APNEP). The group included officials from EPA headquarters and EPA Region 4. During their tour, ­­the North Carolina Coastal Federation had the opportunity to give them ­a tour of North River Wetlands Preserve…

Reducing stormwater runoff in Cedar Point

New stormwater runoff projects installed in Cedar Point last week will reduce the volume of polluted runoff that flows into the White Oak River. The best management practices (BMPs) broke ground in the Croatan National Forest and a nearby neighborhood as part of the White Oak watershed restoration plan for impaired waters. Funding for these projects comes from the…

Celebrating NC Estuaries Week and National Estuaries Week

Estuaries do it all — they serve as nurseries for juvenile fish, help support the economy, filter polluted stormwater runoff, preserve centuries-old cultures and traditions and serve as unique educational resources. Sept. 17-24. is National Estuaries Week, which is hosted by Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) and its member organizations. Since 1988, this week has celebrated the…