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North Carolina Coastal Federation unveils statewide roadmap to curb flooding and water pollution

Plan offers resilience solutions for roadways, buildings, farms and communities   Ocean, N.C. – On the heels of 2020 becoming North Carolina’s second wettest year ever, the North Carolina Coastal Federation is releasing a plan to address more frequent and intense rain events that cause communities to flood, and pollute waterways across the state. The…

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The North Carolina Coastal Federation earns seventh consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator

OCEAN — For the seventh 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, this is a level of consistent excellence that only 7% of charities achieve. “Being one of the top environmental non-profits is something…

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One hundred and twenty-three acres of Atlantic White Cedar trees restored

Formerly, Atlantic white-cedar was a well-established ecosystem in the peatlands along the Alligator River and in the Great Dismal Swamp. The trees thrived in the waterlogged, peat-rich soil, which is made up of partially decayed plant material. However, in the 1700s these lands were ditched and drained for timber and access.  Ultimately, many of these acres were converted…

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Efforts Launch to Protect Water Quality and Oysters in Stump Sound

Chefs and diners covet what they consider to be the “Cadillac” of oysters that grows in Stump Sound in Onslow County. The clean fresh and salt water that mix together in the sound is perfectly balanced to produce large, firm and tasty oysters. Now thanks to a $75,000 grant to the North Carolina Coastal Federation…

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Swansboro and Coastal Federation Continue Partnership to Tackle Polluted Runoff

OCEAN – This year, the Town of Swansboro and the North Carolina Coastal Federation will continue their partnership to work for clean coastal waters. Plans are in the works to reduce polluted runoff entering Ward Creek from an existing street end outfall. The team will design and install an infiltration chamber at the public right-of…

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Annual project cleans up waterways and employs watermen and women during a slower time of the year

WANCHESE – The North Carolina Coastal Federation is set to begin its seventh year of the Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project this week. Thirty-one commercial watermen along the northern and central coast will set out into the sounds to collect lost crab pots. With the help of various partners, commercial fishermen and women are hired…

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Challenging Year Doesn’t Stop Efforts to Protect and Restore our Magnificent N.C. Coast

OCEAN, N.C.—Given that 2020 was such a difficult year, the North Carolina Coastal Federation is pleased to share some really remarkable and encouraging accomplishments. Thanks to the significant contributions of many partners and supporters, the federation has continued protecting and restoring the state’s coast this year. The federation overcame many challenges and tested out new…

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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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