Blockade Runner stormwater project now complete

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — Construction is now complete on a stormwater retrofit project at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach that is designed to redirect polluted runoff from the nearby recreational waters. The resort partnered with the North Carolina Coastal Federation on the project as part of implementation of the Bradley and Hewletts Creeks…

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Dare County residents participate in rain harvesting workshop

A small group of Dare County residents joined the North Carolina Coastal Federation on March 25 to learn about rain harvesting and to exchange ideas about how they can get creative with reusing stormwater in their yards. Those who participated in the rain harvesting workshop learned about how stormwater runoff impacts our water quality and…

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Local realtors protect the coast for Realtor Action Day

Thirteen local realtors joined the North Carolina Coastal Federation at Carolina Beach State Park for living shoreline maintenance and a shoreline cleanup on April 4 for Realtor Action Day, a large volunteer event organized by Cape Fear Realtors. They helped straighten oyster bags on a reef that was displaced by Hurricane Matthew last fall. They also…

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Ohms for Oysters raises money for federation

Twenty-four people helped raise money for the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s oyster projects while participating in a morning yoga class on Sunday, April 2. Jenna Livernois led the class, called “Ohms for Oysters,” at Outer Banks Yoga Studio as part of her yoga instructor certification. Each week, the studio offers a Sunday Karma class and chooses a…

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The “Napa Valley” of oysters and the “Silicon Valley” of aquaculture

A two-day summit held in Raleigh last week brought together appointed and elected officials, business leaders, scientists, academics, economic developers, tourism leaders and shellfish growers from North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland to discuss and plan for North Carolina’s opportunities for economic development through oyster aquaculture and coastal environmental restoration. The summit, titled Sound Economic Development:…

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Three cheers for 4 stars from Charity Navigator

The North Carolina Coastal Federation has once again received the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, demonstrating our strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. We are proud to have received this highest possible rating for the third year in a row, indicating that we continue to exceed industry standards with our efficiency…

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College students spend spring break volunteering at the coast

We had such a great time with the students from East Carolina University, Ohio State University and Ithaca College who spent their spring breaks with us! A big thanks goes out to these students who spent their spring break working on coastal restoration and education here in North Carolina. [View the story “College students spend…

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Watershed workshop draws in wide variety of stakeholders

The North Carolina Coastal Federation hosted a workshop on March 8 that trained local water quality professionals, planners and managers on coastal watershed restoration planning. The workshop, titled “Watershed Planning: Strategies and Tools to Protect and Restore Coastal Water Quality,” was organized in partnership with the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership (APNEP) and the North Carolina…

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BRC students pretend to be engineers during stormwater lesson

Students with the Blue Ribbon Commission for the Prevention of Youth Violence (BRC) pretended to be engineers and raindrops during a stormwater lesson with staff from the North Carolina Coastal Federation last Friday. Staff resumed programs with BRC on March 3 after working with them late last year. BRC provides after-school and summer opportunities for students in the…

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Gov. Cooper’s proposed budget includes oyster, crab pot investments

The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s efforts to expand investment in the state’s oyster industry are picking up speed in Raleigh. Recently, Gov. Roy Cooper released his proposed budget for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 bienniums. Cooper’s budget includes all of the federation’s priority oyster investments. Those include $1.35 million to rebuild sanctuary oyster beds in the…

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Federation, aquarium partner on oyster bagging workday

Last week, on an unseasonably warm February morning, staff and volunteers with the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and with the North Carolina Coastal Federation were hard at work bagging and loading oyster shells at the federation’s headquarters office in Ocean. That Friday morning oyster shell bagging event was the fifth group of the…

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