Federation attends meeting about the proposed seismic surveying and oil and gas exploration

The League of Women Voters of Dare County hosted a public meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 27 to discuss the current activity associated with seismic surveys and the development of the 2019-2024 National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program. Craig Merrill, the Natural Resources Committee Chair, welcomed the attendees and introduced Bob Woodard, Dare County Commissioner…

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Two alerts about offshore oil

The North Carolina Coastal Federation and partner organizations filed a motion for a preliminary injunction on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2019 to block seismic surveys from beginning in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf until a separate lawsuit is resolved. The initial lawsuit filed on Dec. 11, 2018 outlines that the decision to issue incidental harassment authorizations (IHAs) violates…

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Groups seek court order blocking Atlantic seismic blasting

Press release via Oceana CHARLESTON, SC – A group of conservation organizations today asked a federal judge to block the start of harmful seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean, a precursor to offshore drilling, until the case can be fully heard in court. The motion for a preliminary injunction filed in federal court in…

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Clean Water Act comment period now open

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking feedback on its plan to remove clean water protections that have been in place for generations. The administration recently released a proposed rule that will break down the Clean Water Act. If adopted, this proposed rule will open the doors to pollution into southern rivers, streams, lakes and coastal waters.…

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2019 Hatteras Oyster Roast sees record breaking attendance

The sixth annual Hatteras Island Oyster Roast at Oden’s Dock hosted by the North Carolina Coastal Federation on Saturday, Feb. 2 saw record breaking attendance of over 400 oyster enthusiasts, making the event a sold out affair. Guests traveled from up to six hours away to enjoy unlimited oysters, chowder and corn bread. The federation…

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Federation hosts coastwide cleanup to kick off 2019

The North Carolina Coastal Federation hosted a series of land based cleanups along the coast this past weekend in conjunction with the kick off of the Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project, an effort to remove lost crab pots from North Carolina sounds. The North Carolina General Assembly appropriated funding to this project to facilitate and…

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Federation gives educators a tour of the Lake Mattamuskeet watershed

A cohort of dynamic and innovative teachers of grades K-12 participated in their first weekend field experience at the Pocosin Lakes and Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuges as part of a fellowship program offered by North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences to facilitate project-based learning (PBL) in the classroom. The educators visited the Pocosin Lakes on…

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Federation participates in Outer Banks Distillery’s oyster roast

New friendships were formed at the Toast to the Coast Oyster Roast hosted by Outer Banks Distilling, the makers of Kill Devil Rum, in downtown Manteo this past weekend.  Following the release of their winter spiced rum, staff and volunteers from the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s northeast office were excited to participate in the distillery’s…

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Federation receives a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator

The North Carolina Coastal Federation has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. This award is given to non-profit organizations that are accountable, transparent and financially healthy. This is the federation’s fifth year in a row earning a 4-star rating which is a long-term dedication to fiscal best practices that only 10% of nonprofits achieve.…

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General Assembly approves Hurricane Florence disaster recovery appropriations

With the November election over, the North Carolina General Assembly returned to Raleigh after Thanksgiving for one, last lame duck session before the new legislature is seated in January. Among other legislation, the General Assembly approved a new round of Hurricane Florence disaster recovery appropriations. Included in this legislation was $250,000 for the NC Department…

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Federation hosts second Living Shoreline Open House to educate homeowners

On Nov. 27, the North Carolina Coastal Federation hosted their second Living Shoreline Open House at the central office. The open house allowed waterfront homeowners to learn more about what they can do to prevent shoreline erosion and damage on their property. Several of the homeowners in attendance had experienced damage to their bulkhead after…

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Groups sue feds to stop seismic airgun blasting in Atlantic Ocean

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Leading environmental groups sued the federal government today to prevent seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean. This extremely loud and dangerous process, which is used to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean’s surface, is the first step toward offshore drilling. If allowed, seismic airgun blasting would harm marine life,…

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Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed Restoration Plan revealed at Public Symposium

Photo by Jennifer Allen Final draft submitted to N.C. Division of Water Resources following public symposium The final draft of the Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed Restoration Plan was presented to an audience of nearly 100 during a public symposium that was held at Martelle’s “Feed House” Restaurant in Engelhard on Dec. 3. The final draft and…

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Chemours signs consent order with state to study and reduce GenX contamination

UPDATE 12/27/18: State environmental officials have extended the public comment period for the proposed consent order. The new deadline for submitting comments on the draft order is Jan. 7, 2019. For more information, please review the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Fact Sheet.  Since news broke in June 2017 that GenX had been detected in…

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Intern reflects on time spent with the federation

Jennifer Allen is a junior environmental studies major at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. During her fall semester, Allen interned with the North Carolina Coastal Federation at our Wanchese office. The following is written by Allen as she reflected on her time spent with the federation: This semester I participated in the University…

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