Tyrrell County easements successfully protect water, habitats

The North Carolina Coastal Federation holds two conservation easement sites in Tyrrell County. Federation staff monitored the easements by air on Dec. 21, and results from the flyover indicated that they are successfully protecting habitats and water quality of the Scuppernong River, as intended. Federation member and volunteer Charles Hardy piloted the monitoring trip conducted by Erin…

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…

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…

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…

Reef and shoreline assessments show growth, many living organisms

Staff from the Wrightsville Beach office finished the last of three reef monitoring events on Nov. 8. Volunteers came out twice in October and once in November to evaluate the progress of living shorelines built at Morris Landing Clean Water Preserve in Holly Ridge and at Waterway Park in Oak Island. The living shorelines included…

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…