Private shorelines a priority for federation in 2017, 2018

Throughout 2017, staff members have been focused on designing, permitting and building more than 1,700 linear feet of living shorelines on private properties. These private shorelines are being installed through the federation’s cost share program, which is funded by the half a million dollar Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.…

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Federation secures more than $384,000 for stormwater projects

Polluted stormwater runoff is a big problem along our coast. That is why the North Carolina Coastal Federation is partnering with several coastal communities to try and reduce it. In the last year, the federation has secured more than $384,000 in grant funding from the Environmental Protection Agency Section 319 grant program, which provides funding…

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Federation receives $1.088 million NOAA grant for oyster restoration

OCEAN — The North Carolina Coastal Federation received $1.088 million in funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to continue its oyster restoration work in Pamlico Sound. Construction on the second phase of the project is slated to begin next January. This is the second year the federation has received funding from NOAA’s Community-based Restoration…

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Wilmington artist creates special 35th anniversary print

Wilmington artist David Starbuck of DStarbuck Gallery has teamed up with the North Carolina Coastal Federation to produce “Harkers Island Orientation,” the federation’s special 35th anniversary print. This bright, colorful print depicts a pelican painted over a U.S. Geological Survey map of the Harkers Island are of the North Carolina coast. Prints are available for purchase…

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EnviroKids and The Bridge Downeast help with coastal restoration, education

In late July, the North Carolina Coastal Federation worked with two education-based groups on living shorelines and a shoreline cleanup. The students also learned more about estuaries and the importance of coastal stewardship. “We love working with students to do service projects and teach about coastal stewardship,” said Rachel Bisesi, coastal education coordinator at the…

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Teachers learn about estuaries, living shorelines during ExPLORE NC

Teachers from the Albemarle-Pamlico region learned about estuaries and living shorelines during a presentation on July 20 at the ExPLORE NC professional development workshop at Trinity Center. Rachel Bisesi, coastal education coordinator for the federation’s Ocean office, and high school volunteer Taylor Rutter, presented several lesson plans to the fourth- and fifth-grade teachers in attendance.…

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Invasive species experts discuss ways to address Phragmites in North Carolina

On July 17, various groups joined together for a working meeting to discuss the growth of the non-native Phragmites australis, or Common Reed, in North Carolina’s coastal marshes. The workshop, organized by the North Carolina Coastal Federation, was held at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lab in Beaufort, in partnership with the N.C.…

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Bland Simpson’s 35th Anniversary Toast

Bland Simpson, distinguished professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and award-winning musician and writer, delivered a toast to the coast at the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s 2017 Pelican Awards and 35th Anniversary Soundside Soiree on Aug. 5 in Morehead City. Simpson is a member of the federation’s board of directors. North Carolina Coastal Federation 35th Anniversary Toast…

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