Coastal Federation Receives Orton Foundation Grant for Coastal Resilience

WILMINGTON – The North Carolina Coastal Federation is pleased to announce a generous grant from the Orton Foundation to mitigate pollution, restore coastal habitats and water quality, and strengthen coastal resilience in the Lower Cape Fear River estuary. Coastal Federation efforts will include a multi-pronged approach to enhancing the region’s natural defenses against extreme weather, supporting living shorelines…

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North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Marine Debris Removal Project Underway

WILMINGTON – Under the leadership of the North Carolina Coastal Federation, over 45 tons of trash and debris was recently removed by local watermen from the coastal marshes and waters around Topsail Island. Funded through by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Program’s Community- Based Marine Debris Removal Grant Program, the two-year grant…

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Southeast staff hosts Valentine’s Day oyster bagging event

The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s southeast region along with 37 volunteers including our southeast coastal ambassadors, Marines from Camp LeJeune, SERVPRO of New Hanover, Rhea Engineers & Consultants, Inc, and Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar, Surf City created 552 bags of recycled oyster shells, approximately 5 tons, and 600 bags of marl, approximately 9 tons. These…

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Leadership Carteret learns about reducing stormwater runoff

The Leadership Carteret class of 2020 learned about stormwater runoff at this year’s visit to the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Ocean office. Leadership Carteret is an annual program that brings together some of Carteret County’s top decision-makers and business leaders. During the 10-week program, members attend Wednesday presentations at organizations throughout the county. This year’s…

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2019 Legislative Roundup

In January, the North Carolina General Assembly completed its 2019 legislative session. With the 2020 session not expected to begin until April, now is an excellent time to review the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s 2019 state policy work. The federation had considerable success in Raleigh last year. Some of our most significant victories include: $1.8M…

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The federation visits the Beaufort Garden Club to explore stormwater techniques

Last week, staff from the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s central office gave a presentation on rain gardens at the Beaufort Garden Club’s January meeting. The Garden Club, which celebrated its 60th anniversary on Jan. 9, is a volunteer group that works to maintain public gardens, promote good gardening practices and conserve the natural beauty of…

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Federation receives highest rating for its financial health and accountability

OCEAN — For the sixth 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, only nine percent of charities receive a 4-star rating six consecutive years. In addition to the highest rating, this year the federation actually earned the…

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Volunteers build a living shoreline to reduce erosion along Bogue Sound

Recently, the North Carolina Coastal Federation, community volunteers and students from Croatan High School worked together to build a living shoreline along Bogue Sound. The group hauled and stacked 1,125 bags of recycled oyster shells to create the structure’s foundation. Living shorelines are an environmentally friendly way to reduce sound side erosion. They provide habitat…

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Federation and Pine Knoll Shores awarded Clean Water Management Trust Fund Grant

PINE KNOLL SHORES — The North Carolina Coastal Federation and Town of Pine Knoll Shores are beginning an innovative project in Pine Knoll Shores to reduce flooding and protect local water quality. Portions of the east end of Town have historically flooded after heavy rains. The area’s high water table coupled with roads and driveways…

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Federation hosts educational events during fall season

The months of October and November were bustling with student programs for our central coast educators. Through a series of outreach events and service opportunities, students learned about coastal environments and stewardship.  In early October, Rachel Bisesi, North Carolina Coastal Federation educator at our Ocean office, had the opportunity to participate in NC Seafood SMART!…

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Federation joins Outer Banks’ Surfrider Foundation for annual Beach Sweep

The North Carolina Coastal Federation was pleased to act as Avalon Pier’s zone captain for the Outer Banks’ Surfrider Foundation’s annual Beach Sweep and TrashFest last month, where 120 volunteers gathered at multiple beach accesses to remove trash from the beach. Other organizations including the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island, Jennette’s Pier, Kitty Hawk…

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SELC challenges repeal of clean water protections on behalf of conservation groups

CHARLESTON, S.C. – On Oct. 24 the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of conservation groups challenged in court the repeal of clean water protections under the Clean Water Act, one of the nation’s bedrock environmental laws. The legal challenge, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, opens a major…

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