Q&A with Ellen Gilinsky of the EPA Office of Water

  On Sept. 26, a group from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) visited coastal North Carolina by invitation from the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuary Partnership (APNEP). The group included officials from EPA headquarters and EPA Region 4. During their tour, ­­the North Carolina Coastal Federation had the opportunity to give them ­a tour of North River Wetlands Preserve…

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New Hanover “A-Team” tours Wrightsville Beach stormwater retrofit sites

Local officials from New Hanover County joined the North Carolina Coastal Federation in Wrightsville Beach on Sept. 27 for a Walk the Loop for Clean Water tour, which highlights low-impact development (LID) techniques that collect and infiltrate stormwater runoff along the John Nesbitt Loop. Tim Burgess, assistant county manager of New Hanover County, took a group of department heads…

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Commercial fishermen needed to help recover lost fishing gear

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is currently accepting applications for “on-water” cleanup assistance related to its annual Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project. This project is open to commercial watermen in North Carolina. Watermen are selected to participate in this program annually to help the federation and the North Carolina Marine Patrol remove lost fishing gear…

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Figure Eight Island terminal groin application is incomplete, inaccurate

The North Carolina Coastal Federation submitted a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers Thursday requesting that the agency return the terminal groin permit application submitted by the Figure Eight Homeowners Association (HOA) as incomplete and inaccurate. The federation contends that the application does not comply with the Corps’ regulations or its application form instruction. It…

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Federation releases stance on wind energy

The North Carolina Coastal Federation developed its position on wind energy this month following two public hearings about the proposed Wind Energy Area (WEA) off the coast of Kitty Hawk. “The North Carolina Coastal Federation generally supports projects that produce clean non-polluting energy,” the position summary document said. “At the same time, the federation strongly believes…

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Update on the New Hanover County SUP

More than 55 supporters attended the New Hanover County (NHC) Planning Board’s Sept. 8 public hearing on proposed revisions to the county’s Special Use Permit (SUP) process submitted by the NHC Planning Staff. The North Carolina Coastal Federation presented several improvements to the county’s proposal to specifically address and identify heavy polluting industries. These proposed improvements…

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Northeast staff hosted tour of new Wanchese office

  The North Carolina Coastal Federation welcomed the Outer Banks community to its new office in the Wanchese Marine Industrial Park at its Wanchese Office Grand Opening on Thursday. At its new location, the federation office is now working alongside commercial fishermen, recreational boat-builders and fishing suppliers — some of the people and businesses that most…

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Southeast office partners with Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence

The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s southeast office in Wrightsville Beach has been expanding its community outreach by beginning a partnership with the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence (BRC). One of the federation’s priorities is to reach underserved communities through education and outreach programs.  Ted Wilgis, the southeast region’s coastal education coordinator,…

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Celebrating NC Estuaries Week and National Estuaries Week

Estuaries do it all — they serve as nurseries for juvenile fish, help support the economy, filter polluted stormwater runoff, preserve centuries-old cultures and traditions and serve as unique educational resources. Sept. 17-24. is National Estuaries Week, which is hosted by Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) and its member organizations. Since 1988, this week has celebrated the…

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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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