Mano al Hermano students enjoy day at Jockey’s Ridge

The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s northeast staff ended last week with a treat — spending the day with more than 50 students who participated in Mano al Hermano’s summer reading program. This is the federation’s second summer partnering with Mano al Hermano. The Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership provides funding for the federation to purchase books related…

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31 local governments received Pelican Awards for role in preventing offshore oil drilling

The North Carolina Coastal Federation awarded 31 local governments Pelican Awards for passing resolutions against offshore oil and/or seismic surveys, which involve the use of sonic waves to search for oil and gas beneath the ocean floor. With the exception of three inland local governments, all are located in coastal towns and counties. These local…

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Federation submits comments on proposed Rich Inlet terminal groin

The North Carolina Coastal Federation submitted its comment letter on the Army Corps of Engineers’ final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Aug. 1 regarding the proposed terminal groin at Rich Inlet near Figure Eight Island. The comment letter points out several flaws in the Corps’ analysis, including its failure to comply with parts of the…

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Federation partners with Mano al Hermano

Last summer, the North Carolina Coastal Federation partnered with Mano al Hermano for its Summer Literacy Project. Through funding from the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, the federation provided three books with coastal themes to students. Volunteers in the community spent time reading to them and going through the books with them. In August, students joined federation staff…

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NOAA grant will fund living shoreline cost share program

Waterfront property owners with eroding shorelines along our coastal sounds, bays, rivers, tidal creeks and waterways may soon be eligible for financial assistance to naturally control their erosion while increasing fish habitat at the same time. The North Carolina Coastal Federation recently received grant funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Ecosystem…

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NOAA recommends federation receive $1.275 million grant

The North Carolina Coastal Federation has been recommended to receive $1.275 million for oyster restoration in the Pamlico Sound by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with the potential to receive a total of $4.275 million over a three-year period. NOAA announced Wednesday the 17 coastal and marine habitat restoration projects it is recommending to…

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YouthBuild visits Jockey’s Ridge living shoreline

Eight students and two staff from River City YouthBuild visited the Northeast office on July 14 for a field trip to explore a living shoreline at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Despite the weather — the hottest day of the year so far — the group had fun and learned about living shorelines and estuaries. River City YouthBuild is a community organization from Elizabeth…

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Discovering the sounds on the Duck Boardwalk

Our sounds are a delicate and important part of our coastal environment — their waters are calmer than ocean waters and provide critical habitat for oysters, fish and other animals. Every Thursday, visitors and residents alike can join the North Carolina Coastal Federation on the Duck Boardwalk to learn more about these important waters. Erica Connery,…

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Comment letter submitted on Ocean Isle Beach’s terminal groin application

The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) submitted a comment letter Thursday to the Division of Coastal Management (DCM) on Ocean Isle Beach’s application for a terminal groin at Shallotte Inlet. The SELC wrote the comment letter on behalf of the North Carolina Coastal Federation. In the letter, the SELC argued the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) submitted in support…

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