“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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Coastal Federation Receives Orton Foundation Grant for Coastal Resilience

WILMINGTON – The North Carolina Coastal Federation is pleased to announce a generous grant from the Orton Foundation to mitigate pollution, restore coastal habitats and water quality, and strengthen coastal resilience in the Lower Cape Fear River estuary. Coastal Federation efforts will include a multi-pronged approach to enhancing the region’s natural defenses against extreme weather, supporting living shorelines…

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North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Marine Debris Removal Project Underway

WILMINGTON – Under the leadership of the North Carolina Coastal Federation, over 45 tons of trash and debris was recently removed by local watermen from the coastal marshes and waters around Topsail Island. Funded through by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Program’s Community- Based Marine Debris Removal Grant Program, the two-year grant…

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Southeast staff hosts Valentine’s Day oyster bagging event

The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s southeast region along with 37 volunteers including our southeast coastal ambassadors, Marines from Camp LeJeune, SERVPRO of New Hanover, Rhea Engineers & Consultants, Inc, and Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar, Surf City created 552 bags of recycled oyster shells, approximately 5 tons, and 600 bags of marl, approximately 9 tons. These…

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Leadership Carteret learns about reducing stormwater runoff

The Leadership Carteret class of 2020 learned about stormwater runoff at this year’s visit to the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Ocean office. Leadership Carteret is an annual program that brings together some of Carteret County’s top decision-makers and business leaders. During the 10-week program, members attend Wednesday presentations at organizations throughout the county. This year’s…

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2019 Legislative Roundup

In January, the North Carolina General Assembly completed its 2019 legislative session. With the 2020 session not expected to begin until April, now is an excellent time to review the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s 2019 state policy work. The federation had considerable success in Raleigh last year. Some of our most significant victories include: $1.8M…

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The federation visits the Beaufort Garden Club to explore stormwater techniques

Last week, staff from the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s central office gave a presentation on rain gardens at the Beaufort Garden Club’s January meeting. The Garden Club, which celebrated its 60th anniversary on Jan. 9, is a volunteer group that works to maintain public gardens, promote good gardening practices and conserve the natural beauty of…

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Federation receives highest rating for its financial health and accountability

OCEAN — For the sixth year in a row, the North Carolina Coastal Federation has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator — the highest possible rating from the nonprofit evaluator. According to Charity Navigator, only nine percent of charities receive a 4-star rating six consecutive years. In addition to the highest rating, this year the federation actually earned the…

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Volunteers build a living shoreline to reduce erosion along Bogue Sound

Recently, the North Carolina Coastal Federation, community volunteers and students from Croatan High School worked together to build a living shoreline along Bogue Sound. The group hauled and stacked 1,125 bags of recycled oyster shells to create the structure’s foundation. Living shorelines are an environmentally friendly way to reduce sound side erosion. They provide habitat…

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