Economic summit, March 22-23, to convene diverse group of speakers

Investment in coastal restoration is critical to improve and protect the long-term success of North Carolina’s coastal economy. On March 22-23 in Raleigh, the North Carolina Coastal Federation will host a summit titled Sound Economic Development: Creating a Rising Tide for the North Carolina Coast. The summit will convene elected and appointed officials, academia, businesses,…

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…

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…

Rain gardens bring “excitement and relevance to learning”

The federation has been busy at work the past few weeks using rain gardens to teach students about water quality and stormwater, the number-one polluter of coastal waters. Check out how we’ve been keeping busy in these living classrooms! Manteo Middle School students help out at the new Wanchese office Students from Mary Ann Hodges’ eighth-grade…

New Hanover “A-Team” tours Wrightsville Beach stormwater retrofit sites

Local officials from New Hanover County joined the North Carolina Coastal Federation in Wrightsville Beach on Sept. 27 for a Walk the Loop for Clean Water tour, which highlights low-impact development (LID) techniques that collect and infiltrate stormwater runoff along the John Nesbitt Loop. Tim Burgess, assistant county manager of New Hanover County, took a group of department heads…

Oak Island Community Project Seeks to Reduce Polluted Runoff

The North Carolina Coastal Federation, in cooperation with the Town of Oak Island and the Oak Island Citizens’ Environmental Advisory Committee, is undertaking a community project to reduce the flow of polluted stormwater into the creeks and sounds around Oak Island. The project involves the construction of low-cost, relatively simple swales and vegetated landscapes, such…