Model Industrial Development Special Use Permit Process

December 2015 Update Over the last 12 months, the Project Team convened at the New Hanover County Executive Development Center for sessions on Jan. 16, March 31, June 26, and Sept. 18, 2015. The directive for this committee was to find common ground and solutions by evaluating New Hanover County’s existing SUP procedures, identifying regulatory…

Southeast N.C. Water Supply Summit Opens Up Discussion on Sustainable Water Supply

The federation along with the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors and the UNCW Masters of Public Administration Program teamed up to host the first regional Water Summit, “Insights & Actions for SE North Carolina” in Wilmington Wednesday, Oct. 28 which was attended by more than 155 people. The three partners formed the “Three Star Alliance”…

AmeriCorps Coastal Community Engagement Specialist

Positions available in Manteo Office and Wrightsville Beach Office (one position at each site) The Conservation Trust for North Carolina is the host organization for AmeriCorps Project GEOS, a ten-month national service program in environmental education and outreach. Project GEOS stands for Growing Environmental Opportunities through Service. Project GEOS has four goals: 1. Make environmental education more accessible…

National Estuaries Week Events Not Dampened by Joaquin

Environmental organizations around the country recently celebrated National Estuaries Week. The North Carolina Coastal Federation hosted several events from Manteo to Wrightsville Beach to celebrate our spectacular coastal waters and wetlands. In the wake of a Nor’easter and with hurricane Joaquin looming, staff and steadfast volunteers from each region braved the elements to showcase the…

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…

New Hanover County Special Use Permit Process Update

The N.C. Coastal Federation, in partnership with the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, area business leaders and local government officials, is working to create a model for the county’s approval process for industrial development to help ensure better compatibility of new land uses with existing neighbors. The effort to improve New Hanover County’s special-use permit, or…

Remembering Joe Kilpatrick’s Rich Contributions to Our Coast and Our Lives

I met Joe Kilpatrick in 1983 during my first visit with the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem. He provided a warm, friendly greeting, and gave me strong encouragement as the fledgling North Carolina Coastal Federation was just getting its footing. Thus began a friendship that lasted more than three decades. Joe helped the federation…

North Carolina Coastal Federation Annual Pelican Awards Winners Announced

Fowler Awarded Lifetime Achievement Honors Ocean— The winners of the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s annual Pelican Awards have been announced. The awards recognize exemplary work of people, organizations and groups to protect and enhance the N.C. coast. The awards were presented today at the North Carolina History Center in New Bern. “These awards recognize the…