Federation awarded $1.1M to help North Carolina coastal counties

OCEAN – On Thursday, Nov. 8, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and partners awarded a $1.1 million grant to the federation for the ‘Living Shorelines for North Carolina Coastal Communities’ project that will benefit communities in Carteret and Pamlico counties. Federation Coastal Scientist Dr. Lexia Weaver will lead the two large-scale living shoreline projects. For…

Don’t burn pressure treated wood

OCEAN – Hurricane Florence’s big storm surge destroyed many docks, walkways and bulkheads along our coast. “There are large, mangled piles of chemically preserved lumber and poles from docks and bulkheads washed up all along our shorelines,” said Todd Miller, executive director of the North Carolina Coastal Federation. “Now people are asking what they should…

Updated: Federation urges the public to stay out of the water after Florence

OCEAN – Officials with the North Carolina Coastal Federation and the state of North Carolina advise residents and tourists that it’s not yet safe to swim and wade in coastal waters. Massive amounts of polluted runoff are still flowing into coastal waterways all along areas of our coast impacted by heavy rains from Hurricane Florence.…

North Carolina Coastal Federation awarded with $110,000 grant

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation has awarded the North Carolina Coastal Federation a $110,000 grant. The federation plans to use the grant to support its community-based education, restoration and advocacy programs in 2018. The federation works with coastal communities in all aspects of its work, and these partnerships create a healthier, more resilient coast. The…

New resource gives guidance to those facing costly bulkhead repairs

OCEAN — Storm surge caused by Hurricane Matthew in October caused widespread destruction of bulkheads and other supposedly stabilized shorelines along coastal creeks, river and sounds throughout coastal North Carolina. “Matthew proved that building seawalls and other hard erosion control structures to protect waterfront property provides a false sense of security for waterfront property owners,”…

Blockade Runner project will reduce runoff flowing into Banks Channel

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — On Friday, Dec. 2, construction crews will break ground on a stormwater reduction project at Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach that will redirect runoff from recreational waters to a new system that will infiltrate and reuse runoff for irrigation. The North Carolina Coastal Federation is partnering with the resort for…

Commercial fishermen needed to help recover lost fishing gear

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is currently accepting applications for “on-water” cleanup assistance related to its annual Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project. This project is open to commercial watermen in North Carolina. Watermen are selected to participate in this program annually to help the federation and the North Carolina Marine Patrol remove lost fishing gear…

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…

31 local governments received Pelican Awards for role in preventing offshore oil drilling

The North Carolina Coastal Federation awarded 31 local governments Pelican Awards for passing resolutions against offshore oil and/or seismic surveys, which involve the use of sonic waves to search for oil and gas beneath the ocean floor. With the exception of three inland local governments, all are located in coastal towns and counties. These local…