Federation hosts coastwide cleanup to kick off 2019

The North Carolina Coastal Federation hosted a series of land based cleanups along the coast this past weekend in conjunction with the kick off of the Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project, an effort to remove lost crab pots from North Carolina sounds. The North Carolina General Assembly appropriated funding to this project to facilitate and…

Living shorelines recommended for effective and lasting shoreline management as storm repairs continue

Hurricane Florence damaged many docks along the coast. The soil behind some bulkheads was also scoured out and many of these hard structures failed. Living shorelines on the other hand weathered the storm, outperforming more traditional shoreline management techniques like bulkheads.   Living shorelines include planted salt marsh grasses and low profile sills or marsh…

EPA hosts community engagement event on GenX

Hundreds of people attended the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) PFAS Community Engagement Event on Tuesday, Aug. 14, in Fayetteville. PFAS are a group of man-made industrial chemicals – perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances – that include GenX. Although research on the potential effects of these emerging compounds is limited, scientific evidence associates these compounds with adverse human…

Volunteers help complete 8.8-acre salt marsh restoration project

On Oct. 12, the North Carolina Coastal Federation completed a salt marsh restoration project at the headwaters of Williston Creek at the North River Wetlands Preserve. Nine volunteers and four staff members participated in the volunteer salt marsh restoration event, where they planted 2,006 plugs of Spartina alterniflora (smooth cordgrass), Spartina patens (saltmeadow hay) and…

Take a coastal cruise around Hammocks Beach State Park

The North Carolina Coastal Federation coastal cruises are an exciting way to explore the maze of salt marsh islands in the estuarine waters behind Bear Island, which is part of Hammocks Beach State Park. This year’s cruises, which dive into the local wildlife and natural resources of the estuary, kicked off on June 14. Spots…