Lake Mattamuskeet public meeting set for Aug. 8

SWAN QUARTER — On Aug. 8, the Hyde County community is invited to attend the first of six public meetings to discuss long-term solutions for Lake Mattamuskeet’s watershed, its declining water quality and changing lake levels. Hyde County, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have come together to support…

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‘Not off our coast’ — Gov. Cooper comes out strong against offshore oil and seismic blasting

Today Gov. Roy Cooper announced his opposition to offshore oil drilling and seismic blasting. At an event at Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach, he said he was proud to stand with organizations, local governments and individuals that galvanized public opposition to offshore oil drilling. During his statement, the governor spoke about North Carolina’s…

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Teachers get lessons on living shorelines on Ocracoke

Teachers from across the state traveled to the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) on Ocracoke for a three-day seminar, part of which included hands-on activities with the North Carolina Coastal Federation that were focused on a variety of coastal topics. Sara Hallas, coastal education coordinator for the federation’s Wanchese office, led…

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Ocracoke volunteers, N.C. Coastal Land Trust and federation plant marsh grass at Springer’s Point

This June, the North Carolina Coastal Federation and North Carolina Coastal Land Trust staff, as well as volunteers from Ocracoke, planted Spartina alterniflora marsh grasses to create additional marsh at Springer’s Point Nature Preserve. In total the 14 volunteers planted 1,000 marsh grass plugs in an area of the preserve that has been stabilized with…

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Muddy boots, clean water

This is the second blog post as part of our Dibblers’ Diaries blog, which offers first-person stories from our interns. Summer Rich is a coastal policy and restoration intern.  By Summer Rich As it has just been over a month into our summer internship, the coastal restoration and policy interns have dived into their individual projects.…

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Dare County fifth-grade winners selected from stormwater bookmark contest

The Dare County Soil and Water Conservation District had its eleventh-annual fifth-grade bookmark contest recently, in which students use artwork to show their understanding of conservation work in Dare County. Each year, fifth-graders learn about the importance of conservation of natural resources and environmental stewardship in Dare County. Students illustrate what they have learned, whether that…

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Workshop offers “wealth of information” on watershed planning

Over 50 town managers, planners, engineers and watershed professionals attended a watershed restoration planning workshop on May 25 to learn about how to reduce polluted stormwater runoff and restore coastal water quality. The workshop, entitled “Watershed Planning: Strategies and Tools to Protect and Restore Coastal Water Quality” was put on by the North Carolina Coastal…

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A look back at the federation’s May marsh grass plantings

Morris Landing A large group of volunteers joined North Carolina Coastal Federation staff at Morris Landing Clean Water Preserve in Holly Ridge on May 17 for marsh grass planting, monitoring and oyster bagging. The event brought in 50 volunteers, including 21 students from Eugene Ashley High School’s Marine Science Academy, the Green Team at the Blockade…

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River City YouthBuild takes field trip to Durant’s Point

Staff at the Wanchese office recently took a field trip with students and staff from River City YouthBuild out to Durant’s Point in Hatteras, where they learned about living shorelines, marine debris and explored the marsh. Sara Hallas, coastal education coordinator at the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Wanchese office, said they’ve done a trip with…

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Catching up with AmeriCorps members Erica and Nina

Erica Connery and Nina Quaratella are ending their AmeriCorps terms with the North Carolina Coastal Federation at the end of the month. Connery and Quaratella each spent more than a year at the federation’s Wanchese and Wrightsville Beach offices, respectively, where they helped coordinate educational activities and assisted with restoration projects. They worked at the federation…

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Soundside Discoveries and Trash Talk — our summer OBX programs

AmeriCorps member Madison Douthitt will be leading two programs on North Carolina’s sounds and on marine debris this summer on alternating Thursdays in the Outer Banks. Douthitt works with the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Wanchese office as a coastal community engagement specialist. Learn more about the two programs — Soundside Discoveries and Trash Talk — below. Soundside Discoveries…

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