WILMINGTON – The North Carolina Coastal Federation is asking the public for help in its mission to prevent stormwater runoff.
Volunteers are asked to help the federation staff Thursday, Aug. 15, and Friday, Aug. 16, work to maintain the rain garden and stormwater wetland projects at Alderman and Bradley Creek elementary schools.
Both rain gardens are part of the Bradley and Hewletts Creeks Watershed Restoration Plan, which aims to reduce the amount of polluted runoff that makes its way into the creeks. Rain gardens and wetlands help filter polluted runoff, protecting water quality and preventing swim advisories and shellfish closures. Rain gardens and wetlands also help to reduce hazardous flooding and provide wildlife habitat, according to the federation.
Volunteers are asked to remove invasive plants, pull weeds, prune trees and spread mulch in the existing rain gardens and wetlands at the schools. All project supplies and equipment will be provided as well as snacks and refreshments. The event is open to the public and best for ages 8 and older.
The workday Thursday, Aug. 15 will take place at Alderman Elementary from 9 a.m. to noon, and the event on Friday, Aug. 16 will take place at Bradley Creek Elementary from 9 a.m. to noon.
Registration for both events is required. To register, visit nccoast.org/events. Contact Bonnie Mitchell, coastal outreach associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 910-509-2838 with questions.
The federation publishes Coastal Review Online.