Lake Mattamuskeet
The Watershed Restoration Plan for Lake Mattamuskeet was developed through a partnership between the Hyde County Government, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The North Carolina Coastal Federation was retained to develop the plan for approval by the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s 319 Program. The initial priority actions of this watershed restoration plan stem around establishing active water-level management capabilities on Lake Mattamuskeet and improve water management within the watershed.
State of the Oyster Report 2021
This annual State of the Oyster Report, provides a brief overview and highlights the activities and accomplishments of the diverse partners involved in this work for the year 2021.
Offshore wind farm at sunset
Through this summit, we are bringing together leading resource experts from across North Carolina and the country to better understand solutions and best practices that will guide regulators, wind developers, and other stakeholders to a shared pathway for responsible offshore wind development.
Our Coast Summer 2022
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This edition of the Coastal Federation's Our Coast publication covers the Federation's 2022 Pelican Awards Ceremony. There are winners from the central, southeast, and northeast regions of the coast as well as coastwide and lifetime achievement winners.
Stop, Check, Enjoy! A Guide to Safe Fish Consumption
Fish provide many dietary benefits as a source of lean protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and other essential nutrients. However, some types of fish can also be sources of harmful contaminants.
Our Coast Spring 2022
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This edition of the NC Coastal Federation's Our Coast contains information on the history and creation of the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund, now known as the N.C. Land and Water Fund, and the people behind it. Summaries of the Federation's work regarding water quality in the Newport River, living shoreline installations, lost fishing gear removal, and oyster shell recycling are covered in this edition. The feature of the Spring 2022 Our Coast tells the story of marine debris on the coast of North Carolina and how the Federation, in partnership with many others, is working to tackle the issue.
The North Carolina Marine Debris Action Plan provides a strategic framework for prevention and removal of marine debris along the North Carolina coast. In 2021, it inspired strategic coordination, focus and direction for the organizations and communities that address marine debris on many levels.
The completed Oriental living shoreline
The North Carolina Living Shoreline Steering Committee brings together federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations and universities to communicate and collaborate on education and outreach, research, and implementation of living shorelines. education and outreach, research, and implementation of living shorelines.
Retail Sources for Coastal NC Native Plants (updated Feb 2022)
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This resource, prepared by partners of the Coastal Landscapes Initiative, will help you find retail nurseries that carry North Carolina coastal native plants.
Our Coast Winter 2022
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This edition of the Our Coast summarizes the NC Coastal Federation's goals for the 2022 year. The feature of this edition explores the historic state budget investment in coastal restoration that was taking place at the time. The winter 2022 edition of the Our Coast also showcases samples of the award-winning journalism produced by Federation's publication
NC Oyster Blueprint
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The site is designed to keep all things oysters in one convenient location. Learn more about our oyster steering committee, the oyster blueprint, or the history of oysters in the state. Find ways to get involved with oyster restoration through events and the Oyster Trail!
Marine Debris K-12 Educator Resources Developed by UNCW Marine Quest
As part of the NOAA grant, a robust stakeholder group comprised of engineers, regulators, and scientists developed recommended standards for the design and construction of residential docks and piers. 
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Following Hurricane Florence, state and federal agencies worked with the North Carolina Coastal Federation to remove storm debris from public trust waters and islands in the central and southeastern part of the state. Over 1,914,000 lbs. of storm debris was removed from Feb. 2019 to Aug. 2021.
Oyster Blueprint 2021-2025
This fourth edition of the Blueprint identifies eight strategies and corresponding actions needed to rebuild the state’s oyster resources. The work outlined advances strategies toward a shared vision that fosters collaboration among partners, ensuring oysters in North Carolina perpetuate a healthy and robust environment and economy.
Watch a recording of the 2021 Coastal Microplastics Forum
Wanchese Demonstration Oyster Lease
The Coastal Federation’s half-acre demonstration oyster lease (also known as an oyster farm) is located in Broad Creek, near their Wanchese office.
Oyster farmer working on oyster lease
This study identified ways to reduce barriers for those interested in becoming active in mariculture, those currently in the industry, and those interested in business expansion.
In 2021, the Atlantic Beach Town Council unanimously approved a Watershed Restoration and Stormwater Resiliency Plan created in partnership with the Town, LDSI Engineering, the Coastal Federation, and the Eastern Carolina Council of Governments.
Atlantic White's Point Living Shoreline
This 3-part training series is presented by the N.C. Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve, the North Carolina Coastal Federation and Sea Grant.
Our Coast (1983 - 2021)
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View past edition of Our Coast from 2017-2021 or view the UNCW Our Coast Archive (1983-2009)
Living Shoreline Benefits Video Playlist
Watch this video playlist to learn more about the benefits of living shorelines.
This recording is part of the 2020 Forum on Emerging Contaminants in NC waters that took place on 10/22/2020.
Wanchese Marine Industrial Park Living Shoreline Demonstration
The Federation partnered with the Wanchese Marine Industrial Park to protect 500 feet of shoreline through their living shoreline restoration projects.
living shoreline | photo © Vance Miller
The Living Shorelines Academy provides targeted outreach and training to homeowners, contractors, design professionals and regulators, to advance the appropriate use of living shorelines and enhance collaboration among all shoreline stakeholders.
Beaufort Watershed Restoration Plan
The Beaufort Stormwater Advisory Committee collaborated with the Coastal Federation, UNC Wilmington and Eastern Carolina Council to develop a watershed restoration plan to steer stormwater reduction efforts and lead implementation strategies to reduce polluted runoff and flooding in the town.
Pine Knoll Shores Watershed Plan
The North Carolina Coastal Federation teamed up with the Town of Pine Knoll Shores, University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Environmental Science Department and East Carolina Council (ECC) to create a watershed restoration plan for the small coastal community in Carteret County. The Plan sets a framework and strategy for targeting stormwater reduction techniques to reduce runoff and improve water quality. The primary goal of this plan is to improve water quality in Pine Knoll Shores and reduce permanent shellfish closures in Bogue Sound.
Morris Landing Living Shoreline
Living Shorelines are innovative techniques that protect soundside shorelines from erosion, while simultaneously preserving natural ecosystems. During the Virtual Open House, local professionals and contractors were on hand to share information and answer questions on how you can build a living shoreline on your property.
The Federation's Living Shoreline Cost-Share Program for Public and Private Property Owners
The North Carolina Coastal Federation has acquired grant funding to help homeowners build living shorelines.
Stormwater rain garden
This stormwater activity sheet is quick and simple way to engage your child or student in the world of stormwater runoff and pollution. Through three colorful interactive mazes this resource illustrates the movement of stormwater and the ways in which rain gardens can reduce pollution in our waterways.