Federation hosts several Coastal Discovery Field Trips throughout the spring and summer

Throughout the spring and summer, North Carolina Coastal Federation educators in our central region led eight Coastal Discovery Field Trips, which reached a total of 128 students and 29 chaperones. Community partners and student groups included: Boys and Girls Clubs of Beaufort, Bogue Sound Elementary School, Brad Sneeden Science Academy, Morehead City Childcare Network, The…

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Federation joins organizations in opposing WOTUS repeal

On Sept. 12, 2019, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency (“agencies”) announced a final rule (“Repeal Rule”) that changes the definition of the “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. Effectively, this rule repeals the 2015 rule in which the Obama administration expanded the definition of waters covered…

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Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed Restoration Plan approved

The locally developed watershed restoration plan designed to clean up Lake Mattamuskeet was approved by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality on Aug. 7. The Department’s Nonpoint Source Program staff says that the plan’s recommended projects to restore water quality are now eligible to apply for restoration funds administered by the State. “This approval helps…

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10 coastal stewards honored at the 2019 Pelican Awards

On Saturday, Aug. 3, the 2019 Pelican Award recipients were honored at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City for their outstanding contributions to protecting the North Carolina coast. Joe Ramus, president of the federation’s board of directors, served as the Master of Ceremonies and welcomed a sold-out crowd of 500 to the awards…

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North Carolina teachers spend time with the federation during summer workshops

This summer, the northeast office and the central office each hosted a teacher workshop. Teachers across North Carolina were immersed in the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s work and they learned how to connect their students to the coast. NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching In late June, Sara Hallas, coastal education coordinator for the…

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Groups of all ages spend their summer with the Wanchese staff

Even though school is out for summer, the North Carolina Coastal Federation staff in the northeast has been hosting a variety of community groups at their office and in the field for hands-on learning. Jennette’s Pier came by the office with some of their youngest summer participants of their “Small Fry” camp. The tiny campers…

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Volunteers help complete Moor Shore Road living shoreline project

Last week, multiple volunteer groups joined the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s northeast staff for the planting of marsh grasses at the Moor Shore Road living shoreline project site. The plantings of black needlerush, Juncus romerianus, is the final step in the completion of the project. The project has been a culmination of multiple moving parts…

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Summit discusses the future of North Carolina’s coastal resilience

A crowd of nearly 300 gathered in Havelock on June 11 and 12 for the North Carolina Coastal Resilience Summit. The North Carolina Coastal Federation and North Carolina Division of Coastal Management hosted the event to solicit ideas and potential strategies for inclusion in the North Carolina Resiliency Plan. In October 2018, Governor Roy Cooper…

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Federation hosts public forum on Emerging Contaminants in Cape Fear Region

The North Carolina Coastal Federation, PFAST Network and UNC–Wilmington hosted Emerging Contaminants in the Cape Fear Region: University Collaborations on Environmental, Drinking Water Supply and Human Health Effects on Friday, May 31 in Wilmington. Composed of research presentations and a live Q&A, the forum served to provide a public conversation about the North Carolina PFAS…

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2019 Coastal Stewardship Scholarship winner selected

OCEAN – In the spring of 2019, the North Carolina Coastal Federation launched its first scholarship opportunity for students making a difference along our coast. The Coastal Stewardship Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship for graduating high school seniors with outstanding dedication to our coastal environment. High school seniors from the 20 North Carolina coastal counties…

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LID Basics Program a success in the Northeast

Real estate professionals, homeowner associations and property owners recently convened to learn the economic and environmental benefits of applying low impact development (LID) techniques when developing coastal property. The two-day workshop, hosted by the North Carolina Coastal Reserve Coastal Training Program, was held at the Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese. The Coastal Training Program, North…

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Northeast office spends time with First Flight Middle School

The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s northeast office has been busy leading outdoor educational experiences with sixth grade students from First Flight Middle School. With support from the Outer Banks Community Foundation, nearly 250 students and their teachers embarked on a full day field trip to Jockey’s Ridge State Park earlier this month. The federation’s staff…

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May Legislative Update

The month of May typically marks the home stretch of the North Carolina General Assembly’s long session, so it’s a good time to take stock of the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s 2019 legislative agenda. Here’s a quick rundown: Oysters Earlier this year, the UNC Collaboratory released a strategic plan that included regulatory reforms and new…

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Elementary school students build “living shorelines”

The North Carolina Coastal Federation teamed up with fourth grade students from Bogue Sound Elementary School to create living shoreline models demonstrating their value to the coastal environment. Rachel Bisesi, federation coastal education coordinator, worked with students and art teacher Emily Wikoff to kick off the project and teach the eager students about the importance…

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