UNCW Rain Garden Will Reduce 1 Million Gallons of Runoff

The hard surfaces of parking lots usually contribute to polluted stormwater runoff and flooding by directing it to storm drains or surface waters. However, a new project at UNC-Wilmington is reversing this course and reducing runoff The North Carolina Coastal Federation partnered with engineering firm Coastal Stormwater Services, Inc., Flora Landscapes, UNC-Wilmington and the City…

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Federation and State partner on large scale marine debris removal project

North Carolina Coastal Federation and North Carolina Division of Coastal Management partner on large scale marine debris and vessel removal project WILMINGTON –The N.C. Division of Coastal Management, in partnership with the North Carolina Coastal Federation, received nearly $2 million dollars in funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Emergency Watershed Protection Program for the…

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Northeast AmeriCorps Achievements

The North Carolina Coastal Federation would like to congratulate the accomplishments of Rahdiaz “Ray” Delvillar, for completing his second AmeriCorps quarter-time term. In partnership with the federation and River City Community Development Corporation, during the past year Ray contributed over 460 volunteer service hours. AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, made up of…

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Federation Receives Marine Debris Removal Grant from NOAA

The North Carolina Coastal Federation will be removing large-scale marine debris in the Albemarle-Pamlico Sound with a grant award from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Program. The federation will coordinate the project in partnership with Dare County and the N.C. Division of Coastal Management. The major goal of this NOAA Marine…

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Large Scale Living Shoreline Construction Reducing Erosion

The end of summer marked the completion of construction of a 2,460-foot granite sill living shoreline at the town of Oriental’s Whittaker Pointe peninsula. The federation worked with the town, Quible & Associates P.C., Carolina Marine Structures, Restoration Systems and local residents to construct the large-scale living shoreline that now helps protect the nearly 300…

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N.C. Coastal Federation Restaurant to Reef Oyster Shell Recycling program up and running

Wanchese, N.C.—From a tasty supper to the sound, the North Carolina Coastal Federation recently built its first oyster reef entirely from oyster shells collected by local restaurants. The creation of this reef kicks off the group’s Restaurant to Reef Oyster Shell Recycling program that turns oyster shells collected from dining establishments into new habitat for…

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Plans for 15 Additional Acres of Oyster Reef Construction in Pamlico Sound Underway

Baby oysters and many coastal species will soon have a new home in the Pamlico Sound. The North Carolina Coastal Federation, in partnership with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries (division), has been recommended for funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to add 15 acres of new oyster reef habitat in Pamlico…

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Seismic Survey Objections

There is no doubt that seismic blasting to explore for oil and gas off our coast will have negative effects on fish and marine mammals and will limit public access to ocean waters for recreational and commercial fishers. Because of this, the Coastal Federation joined the State of North Carolina in objecting to WesternGeco’s proposal…

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Implementation of the Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed Restoration Plan Begins this Summer

SWAN QUARTER – Hyde County and East Carolina University contracted the North Carolina Coastal Federation to advance community engagement and implementation of the Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed Restoration Plan. This restoration plan outlines steps that need to be taken to maintain the way of life within the county and improve water management and water quality in…

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Soundfront Property Owners Construct Living Shoreline

WANCHESE—The North Carolina Coastal Federation is working with soundfront shoreline property owners to install living shorelines that reduce erosion and maintain valuable habitat. In order to encourage estuarine shoreline landowners to install living shorelines, the federation is administering cost-share grant funds from the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund. The grant allows the federation…

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“Changing Minds On Climate Science”: A CRO series in partnership with the Pulitzer Center

Farmers, fishermen and residents in the easternmost regions of North Carolina are dealing daily with the effects of climate change, though they may have other explanations for what they experience. “Changing Minds On Climate Science” is a multipart series that goes beyond Coastal Review Online’s daily reporting on coastal environmental issues and the people here…

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Living Shoreline Construction Begins at Oriental’s Whittaker Pointe

Local geologist, Jim Blackerby, and Towndock.net brought forth the issue and the need for a solution to the attention of Town officials, residents and businesses, as well as the North Carolina Coastal Federation. Mr. Blackerby had worked previously with the federation to build a living shoreline to address erosion along several areas of Oriental waterfront.…

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UNCW Parking Lot Absorbs Rain

The hard surfaces of parking lots usually contribute to polluted stormwater runoff and flooding by collecting rain and directing it to storm drains. But a new project at UNC-Wilmington funded by the EPA Section 319 program is reversing this course and reducing runoff. Engineering firm Coastal Stormwater Services, Inc. worked with the Coastal Federation to…

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Coastal Federation Purchases Land on Bogue Sound in Partnership with Carteret County, State and Federal Agencies and Lawmakers

OCEAN– The North Carolina Coastal Federation partnered with Carteret County to acquire 76.25 acres of land in the community of Ocean on March 20, 2020. Located between the Morada Bay Subdivision and Red Barn Road, the property has a remarkable view of the Bogue Sound that will ultimately be shared with and accessible by the…

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Three Grants Awarded to Advance the Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed Restoration Plan

Since the plan was officially approved, three grants have been awarded to advance the Lake Mattamsukeet Watershed Restoration Plan. 1)  The Clean Water Management Trust Fund awarded a grant to Hyde County. This project will allow stakeholders to consider developing a service district that would help to manage water levels in the watershed. It would…

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