Hundreds of native coastal plants will be available Saturday at the N.C. Coastal Federation’s 11th annual Native Plant Sale.
LID Draws a Packed House in Raleigh
A conference on low-impact development drew hundreds of people to hear about promising techniques to control runoff that is poisoning the state’s waterways.
A Spring for the Birds
Ungainly brown pelicans, stately blue herons and boldly patterned oystercatchers are just some of the birds you can see on cruises sponsored by the N.C. Coastal Federation this spring.
Spreading the Word About Runoff Control
Burrows Smith, a Wilmington developer, will be one of the attendees at a conference next month who will be preaching about new methods to control poisoned runoff to protect coastal waters.
Joining Forces to Help Troubled Creeks
Two non-profits, a couple of universities, a local business and a city have been working together to bring two Wilmington creeks on the road to recovery.
Coastal Sketch: Veronica Carter
Though she’s on the board of an environmental group, Veronica Carter won’t go camping if she can help it. But try to put a landfill in her neighborhood and she’ll be quick to call you out.
A New Approach to Polluted Waters
The N.C. Coastal Federation will soon publish a new guidebook that will offer cheaper, simpler methods for restoring our polluted coastal rivers and streams.
Coastal Sketch: The Unseen Pilot
Steve Stone, Brunswick County’s deputy manager, is described in this second half of a personality profile as “steering the ship from under the deck.” His unseen hand guided the county to its leadership role in stormwater controls.
Coastal Sketch: Steve Stone
The farm boy became deputy manager in Brunswick County, one of the fastest-growing in the country, and championed low-impact development to improve water quality.
Teaming Up for Clean Water
Volunteers helped the N.C. Coastal Federation and Habitat for Humanity build rain gardens and install cisterns at a Habitat house in Brunswick County to help control stormwater.
Reviving the Heartbeat of Sunset
The rhythmic, thumping sound that cars made crossing the old pontoon bridge was called the heartbeat of Sunset Beach. Though the old bridge has been replaced, the heartbeat remains.
Glimpse Behind the Fish Tanks
The state aquarium at Fort Fisher offers behind-the-scenes tours that bring you nose-to-nose with all kinds of sea critters, like this porcupine puffer.
Sandie Cecelski: Pelican Award Winner for Education
E.H. Ashley High School science teacher Sandie Cecelski exemplifies great teaching, getting students up close and personal with all that marine science has to offer. We gave her a Pelican Award, to thank her for her invaluable service to children.
Building Simple While Building Green
There will come a day when low-impact development is simply development. When that day comes it may look something like the house that Toni and John Cornelius built in Wilmington.
Pelican Award: Winding River Plantation
The Winding River Plantation Property Owners Association in Brunswick County won a Pelican Award from the N.C. Coastal Federation for developing model community landscaping guidelines that promote environmentally friendly yards.
Smart Yards Can Be Smart Investments
A free booklet, “Smart Yards,” offers inexpensive ways to cut polluted runoff from your property to protect water quality and save money.