NC Agriculture Agents tour living shoreline

On Thursday, June 28, the North Carolina Coastal Federation gave a group of North Carolina Association of County Agricultural Agents (NCACAA) a tour of the living shoreline at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. NCACAA helps communities learn about research and resources that help benefit their livelihoods. These agents were interested in agriculture…

Lower Cape Fear River Blueprint unveiled at open house

The North Carolina Coastal Federation and partners unveiled the Lower Cape Fear River Blueprint on Tuesday at the UNC-Wilmington Center for Marine Science. Approximately 120 people attended the Lower Cape Fear River Blueprint Open House, where they learned more about the goals of the blueprint, current research and programs focused on the Lower Cape Fear…

New Hanover County towns, businesses reduce stormwater runoff

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — The North Carolina Coastal Federation is working with the Town of Wrightsville Beach, the City of Wilmington and community partners to implement projects that will reduce the volume of polluted stormwater runoff affecting these neighboring coastal communities. These projects are funded by the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) and…

Wanchese staff talk about rain gardens, oysters at three Saturday events

Several events across northeastern North Carolina involved the North Carolina Coastal Federation on Saturday, March 24, providing opportunities for people to learn about low-impact development, stormwater runoff, oysters and more. Ann Daisey, community conservationist at the federation’s Wanchese office, presented at the Tri-County Home Landscaping and Gardening Workshop in Barco in Currituck County. This event…

Federation secures more than $384,000 for stormwater projects

Polluted stormwater runoff is a big problem along our coast. That is why the North Carolina Coastal Federation is partnering with several coastal communities to try and reduce it. In the last year, the federation has secured more than $384,000 in grant funding from the Environmental Protection Agency Section 319 grant program, which provides funding…

Workshop offers “wealth of information” on watershed planning

Over 50 town managers, planners, engineers and watershed professionals attended a watershed restoration planning workshop on May 25 to learn about how to reduce polluted stormwater runoff and restore coastal water quality. The workshop, entitled “Watershed Planning: Strategies and Tools to Protect and Restore Coastal Water Quality” was put on by the North Carolina Coastal…

Dare County residents participate in rain harvesting workshop

A small group of Dare County residents joined the North Carolina Coastal Federation on March 25 to learn about rain harvesting and to exchange ideas about how they can get creative with reusing stormwater in their yards. Those who participated in the rain harvesting workshop learned about how stormwater runoff impacts our water quality and…

The “Napa Valley” of oysters and the “Silicon Valley” of aquaculture

A two-day summit held in Raleigh last week brought together appointed and elected officials, business leaders, scientists, academics, economic developers, tourism leaders and shellfish growers from North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland to discuss and plan for North Carolina’s opportunities for economic development through oyster aquaculture and coastal environmental restoration. The summit, titled Sound Economic Development:…

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…