Watershed workshop draws in wide variety of stakeholders

The North Carolina Coastal Federation hosted a workshop on March 8 that trained local water quality professionals, planners and managers on coastal watershed restoration planning. The workshop, titled “Watershed Planning: Strategies and Tools to Protect and Restore Coastal Water Quality,” was organized in partnership with the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership (APNEP) and the North Carolina…

Living shorelines needs assessment for Southeast released

On Dec. 15, the Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance released its living shoreline needs assessment that was developed by experts to identify what gaps exist in living shoreline research and practice in the Southeast U.S. The GSAA is a formal collaborative between the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. The alliance received funding from…

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Figure Eight Island homeowners reject proposed terminal groin

Figure Eight Island homeowners rejected a proposal for a terminal groin on Thursday. A majority of voters did not respond or voted “no” on the proposed project in a special assessment mailed to property owners in October from the Figure Eight Island Homeowners’ Association. “With this decision by the property owners at Figure 8, this…

Partnership advances living shorelines in the Southeast

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is teaming up with coastal colleagues from Florida, Georgia and South Carolina to advance the use of living shorelines across four Atlantic coast states. The Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance, a formal collaborative between the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, received funding from the Environmental Protection Agency to…

Milestone achieved in campaign for an improved Industrial SUP

UPDATE: On Nov. 3, there will be a New Hanover County Planning Board Public Hearing from 6-8 p.m. The hearing will determine the Special Use Permit recommendation the planning board will make at the Nov. 14 Board of Commissioners Public Hearing. Please attend and make your voice heard! On Nov. 10, North Carolina Coastal Federation…

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…