fishing boats © Jenny Crofton

Working Together for a Healthy Coast

For Now and the Future

Since 1982, the North Carolina Coastal Federation has worked to protect and restore the coastal water quality and habitats of North Carolina. We engage people from all walks of life, both residents and visitors, who are committed to preserving the North Carolina coast for current and future generations.

Whether you live and work on the coast, visit on occasion, or just dream of walking along our beautiful beaches, the well-being of your world depends on healthy oceans and coastal ecosystems.

The North Carolina Coastal Federation works to protect and restore coastal water quality and habitats throughout the North Carolina coast by collaborating with and engaging people from all walks of life who are committed to preserving the coast for now and for the future.


Our Priorities & Goals

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Water Quality

Cleaner & More Productive Coastal Waters by Facilitating the use of Nature-Based Stormwater Strategies that Improve Water Quality and Reduce Flooding 

Salt Marsh

Salt Marsh

Protect and Restore Salt Marshes to Foster Thriving Human and Natural Coastal Communities

Oyster Roast © Daniel Pullen

Oysters

Abundant Oysters that Support the Environment and Economy

Marine Debris

A Coastal Environment that is Free of Marine Debris

Save Rich Inlet

Coastal Management

Coastal Management that Protects and Restores

Education

Bringing the Science of the Coast to Life

Our Approach

The Federation delivers educational opportunities, restoration efforts, advocacy, and news and information on issues affecting our coast.

We offer a wide range of programs and projects to support the restoration and preservation of healthy waters and habitats along our coast. We hope to not only engage but to provide opportunities and guidance to partners, communities, and individuals who seek to preserve the quality of our coast and strengthen our coastal economies.

Through our daily presence in the General Assembly, we advocate on behalf of the coast. We have a contract lobbyist, Rob Lamme, who works the halls of the legislature, moving our agenda forward.

With your support, the Federation continues to make the coast a better place to live, visit, work and play. We engage people from all walks of life, both residents and visitors, to help us protect and restore the coast for current and future generations.

Seek Environmental Justice

Lead by Example

Incorporate Coastal Resiliency

Promote Economic and Environmental Connections

Form Partnerships

Educate

Advocate

Restore and Protect

Coastal Review

CoastalReview.org is the Federation’s award-winning, daily, news service covering the environmental news of the North Carolina coast. Coverage includes science breakthroughs, government, and regulatory actions, and education, as well as the environment, culture, and history of the state’s 20 coastal counties. Written by professional journalists, Coastal Review strives to provide thorough coverage of coastal issues and meet the highest standards of fairness and accuracy. Editorial decisions are made independently of the publisher and any other persons or interests. Launched in 2012, Coastal Review has been a member of the North Carolina Press Association since 2015. In 2021, the press association recognized Coastal Review with a first-place award for public service, along with a first-place award for appearance and design and second-place awards for community coverage and general excellence.

Invest in the Future

Help us protect and restore coastal water quality and habitats throughout the North Carolina coast