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…

Local businesses, groups participate in Work on Wilmington

On April 30 the North Carolina Coastal Federation hosted 37 volunteers at the Bradley Creek Elementary School rain garden for Work on Wilmington, a communitywide event to promote partnerships and community service. During the event, volunteers worked in the rain garden mulching, weeding and performing overall maintenance. One group put on waders and removed cattails,…

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…

Volunteers fill 1,552 bags for shoreline in Sunset Beach

This story has been updated with additional numbers from the April 19 bagging event in Wilmington. A total of 87 volunteers worked with the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Wrightsville Beach staff for two oyster bagging events in April. The bags of recycled oyster shells and gravel granite will be used on a future living shoreline…

Lending a hand for Realtor Action Day 2018

On Tuesday, April 3, 14 volunteers from Cape Fear Realtors volunteered with the North Carolina Coastal Federation in the rain gardens at Alderman Elementary School for Realtor Action Day. Volunteers performed maintenance on the rain garden, which typically consists of removing invasive plants, pulling weeds, removing debris and spreading mulch. The 2018 event marked the fourth year…

Walk the Loop website revamped with more resources

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — The North Carolina Coastal Federation recently revamped its Walk the Loop for Clean Water website, walktheloop.org, which serves as tour guide of projects in Wrightsville Beach that reduce the volume of stormwater runoff flowing into nearby waterways. Walk the Loop for Clean Water is a 1-mile, self-guided walking tour of innovative stormwater projects…

Cleaning up the coast in 2018

The North Carolina Coastal Federation hosted three marine debris cleanups in January to kick off its 2018 marine debris work and to celebrate the Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project, a statewide effort to pick up lost crab pots from North Carolina sounds during the no-potting period. From 2014-2016, the federation received funding from NOAA to…

2017 volunteer appreciation parties celebrate accomplishments

The North Carolina Coastal Federation staff members ended 2017 on a sweet note after getting to spend time with volunteers and project partners at the annual volunteer appreciation parties. Each regional office hosted their own party featuring food, desserts and a celebration of the year’s accomplishments. The Wanchese office staff hosted theirs on Nov. 17…

State Farm Youth Advisory Board grant enables 449 students to engage in service learning

For the last year, the North Carolina Coastal Federation has been able to increase its capacity to engage more students from underserved communities in coastal stewardship through service learning because of a grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. The 12-month, $38,000 grant, which wrapped up in November, enabled the federation to increase its…