River City YouthBuild take fall trip to Outer Banks

Students from Elizabeth City-based River City YouthBuild recently spent time at the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Wanchese office and the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island for a fall field trip. Sara Hallas, coastal education coordinator, and Reilly Kelly, the AmeriCorps member at that office, hosted 14 students and staff from River City YouthBuild. Hallas…

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Federation teams up with Manteo for annual Fall Litter Cleanup

The North Carolina Coastal Federation teamed up with the Town of Manteo on Nov. 18 for the town’s annual Fall Litter Cleanup. The federation has helped with multiple litter pickups by providing support for the water-based portion of the cleanup. Erin Fleckenstein, coastal scientist and northeast office manager, and Reilly Kelly, AmeriCorps member, had help…

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Fourth graders make art out of plastic bottles at Hyde County event

Fifty students, teachers and adults gathered to enhance their environmental knowledge by participating in the Environmental Education Field Day at the Ponzer Community Building in Hyde County on Oct. 26. Debbie Cahoon, administrator for the Hyde County Soil and Water Conservation District, organized the all-day learning experience. This annual field day is for the county’s…

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Oysters and rural economic development in North Carolina

Recently, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper charged Susi Hamilton, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, with helping lead his administration’s efforts to assist the state’s rural counties. That’s good news for the North Carolina Coastal Federation and its oyster efforts. Hamilton, a former state representative from New Hanover County, has…

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Recreational fishing and oyster reef habitat being enhanced in the Cape Fear River

CAROLINA BEACH — Construction began last week on a one-acre artificial reef meant to enhance recreational fishing and create oyster reef habitat in the lower Cape Fear River. The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, with support from Carolina Beach State Park and the North Carolina Coastal Federation, is leading the construction of Artificial Reef…

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College groups volunteer at Wanchese office in October

In October, students from Appalachian State University and Roanoke College visited the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Wanchese office for cleanups on an adopted 2-mile stretch of N.C. 345. Sara Hallas, coastal education coordinator for the Wanchese office, as well as Reilly Kelly, Wanchese AmeriCorps member, led these two programs. The first group to visit was…

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Stormwater projects in Wrightsville Beach to begin this week

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — The North Carolina Coastal Federation is teaming up with the Town of Wrightsville Beach and the Hanover Seaside Club to clean up the swimming and fishing waters around Wrightsville Beach. The phased project, which is funded by a grant to the federation from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, will include stormwater…

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Wilmington area events benefit federation

The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Wrightsville Beach office staff have stayed busy this fall with two fun events that supported the federation’s clean water initiatives. At the end of September, the Low Country Boil & Brew brought together approximately 300 people at Wrightsville Beach Brewery in Wilmington for an afternoon of good music, yard games,…

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Volunteers help complete 8.8-acre salt marsh restoration project

On Oct. 12, the North Carolina Coastal Federation completed a salt marsh restoration project at the headwaters of Williston Creek at the North River Wetlands Preserve. Nine volunteers and four staff members participated in the volunteer salt marsh restoration event, where they planted 2,006 plugs of Spartina alterniflora (smooth cordgrass), Spartina patens (saltmeadow hay) and…

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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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