RBC volunteers helped plant 200 native wetland plants on Blue Water Day

Five employees from RBC Wealth Management helped plant 200 native wetland plants at the Glen Meade subdivision in Wilmington last week on RBC Blue Water Day. Along with staff from the North Carolina Coastal Federation and the City of Wilmington, these RBC employees and one other volunteer helped install native plants in a bioretention site…

A look back at the federation’s May marsh grass plantings

Morris Landing A large group of volunteers joined North Carolina Coastal Federation staff at Morris Landing Clean Water Preserve in Holly Ridge on May 17 for marsh grass planting, monitoring and oyster bagging. The event brought in 50 volunteers, including 21 students from Eugene Ashley High School’s Marine Science Academy, the Green Team at the Blockade…

Catching up with AmeriCorps members Erica and Nina

Erica Connery and Nina Quaratella are ending their AmeriCorps terms with the North Carolina Coastal Federation at the end of the month. Connery and Quaratella each spent more than a year at the federation’s Wanchese and Wrightsville Beach offices, respectively, where they helped coordinate educational activities and assisted with restoration projects. They worked at the federation…

Wrightsville Beach stormwater runoff projects win regional award from EPA

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The North Carolina Coastal Federation, on behalf of a collaborative team, including the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve (NCNERR), is the recipient of a regional 2017 Rain Catcher Award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 for various innovative stormwater runoff infiltration projects in Wrightsville Beach. The federation is accepting the…

High schooler focuses senior project on coastal education

Over the past few months, a senior at Eugene Ashley High School in Wilmington has used her senior project as an opportunity to focus on marine science education in schools, with a special focus on underserved audiences. Rachel Piedmont completed her internship with the North Carolina Coastal Federation in April. Piedmont joins the federation from…

Blockade Runner stormwater project now complete

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — Construction is now complete on a stormwater retrofit project at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach that is designed to redirect polluted runoff from the nearby recreational waters. The resort partnered with the North Carolina Coastal Federation on the project as part of implementation of the Bradley and Hewletts Creeks…

Local realtors protect the coast for Realtor Action Day

Thirteen local realtors joined the North Carolina Coastal Federation at Carolina Beach State Park for living shoreline maintenance and a shoreline cleanup on April 4 for Realtor Action Day, a large volunteer event organized by Cape Fear Realtors. They helped straighten oyster bags on a reef that was displaced by Hurricane Matthew last fall. They also…

BRC students pretend to be engineers during stormwater lesson

Students with the Blue Ribbon Commission for the Prevention of Youth Violence (BRC) pretended to be engineers and raindrops during a stormwater lesson with staff from the North Carolina Coastal Federation last Friday. Staff resumed programs with BRC on March 3 after working with them late last year. BRC provides after-school and summer opportunities for students in the…