Thank You for Protecting Coastal NC

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Together, we protect the quality of water and quality of life in coastal NC.

We cannot do it without YOU!

The primary goals of Coastal Carolina Riverwatch are:

  • Elevate the voices from the coastal fishing community about specific water quality concerns that impact fisheries.
  • Increase coastal ecology and water quality knowledge and educational opportunities for under-served coastal communities.
  • Advocate for sustainable farmers and fisheries that support water quality improvements, while monitoring potential pollution sources and reporting results of studies that implicate polluters to the proper agencies.
  • Facilitate the collaborative development of long-term solutions that prevent water quality pollutants including:
    • Factory Farming and Industrial Agriculture Pollution
    • Stormwater Pollution
    • Industrial Pollution
    • Plastics Pollution
    • Wastewater Pollution
Please help us reach our goals

by becoming a member,

renewing your membership, or making a donation today!

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With Gratitude,

the Staff and Board at CCRW

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Water Quality for Fisheries: Wastewater Pollution

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Water Quality for Fisheries:

Wastewater Pollution

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Coastal Carolina Riverwatch and the Industry Working Group (made up of commercial and recreational fisheries representatives) have identified wastewater pollution as one of the top five water quality concerns that impact coastal NC fisheries.

Wastewater treatment systems are one of the most widely-used pollution control technologies in the US. These systems’ treatment process includes sewers collecting wastewater, transporting the water to treatment plants, completing a cleaning process, and finally discharging the wastewater. Municipal wastewater treatment plants, also referred to as publicly owned treatment works (POTWs), filter physical, chemical, and biological pollutants from the wastewater received from households, businesses, and industries.

Differing from municipal wastewater treatment facilities, about 50% of homes in North Carolina use on-site wastewater systems, or septic systems (EPA, 2017). They generally have a tank, a distribution box, and subsurface absorption lines with perforated pipes laid in a gravel bed. On-site wastewater systems provide an alternative, natural way to treat and dispose of domestic waste without being connected to a centralized municipal sewage treatment system.

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Action Alert: Gibbs Creek Needs Your Voice  

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Action Alert: Gibbs Creek Needs Your Voice

Join us to make comments regarding Salt Wynd at the Town of Beaufort Planning Board Meeting Tonight at 6pm.

Salt Wynd is a development proposal on the banks of Gibbs Creek in Beaufort, NC. The Preliminary Plat for Salt Wynd Preserve Phase I is on the Planning Board agenda.

Our March 16, 2022 public comments detail the ecological significance and high water quality of Gibbs Creek, which make it the last creek in Beaufort not permanently closed to shellfishing!

Our comments raise concerns with the efforts of the proposed development on the Creek’s ecological integrity and water quality.

Please read our comments submitted prior to the meeting tonight and join us this evening to make your voice heard.

Click here for meeting agenda.

Read our comments here.

READ MORE ABOUT GIBBS CREEK: CLICK HERE
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Pure Farms Pure Waters: Sustainable BBQ

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Sustainable BBQ

This Saturday!

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Support Local and Sustainable Farmers at this Fun Event!

Saturday, May 14th

Come for the food and stay for the music, lawn games, and learn from farmers at 34 North Bar in Cedar Point, NC. This is a family-friendly community event.

Your plate purchase goes directly to support local efforts that protect the quality of water and quality of life in coastal NC.

Purchase your ticket by clicking here.

Food is sourced locally, plates and wares at this event will be certified compostable, and 34 North Bar in Cedar Point features several Ocean and Eco Friendly practices.

Learn more about sustainable farms in our area: Click Here

Learn more about Pure Farms, Pure Waters: Click Here

Learn more about Water Quality for Fisheries: Click Here

Meet our BBQ Partners

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34 North Bar in Cedar Point is the host venue for our community BBQ. 34 North is a Platinum Business Member and generous supporter of CCRW’s work. They go above and beyond to protect our waterways by reducing plastic and commitment to sustainable business practices. 34 North offers a huge selection of craft beer and delicious cocktails, as well as fun for the whole family with lawn games, cornhole tournaments, and live music.
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Shenk Family Farm is sourcing our local pork for the BBQ. Shenk Family Farm is located in Newport, NC. Shenk Family Farm prides themselves on providing quality meat and eggs in a way that ensures happy and healthy animals, community, and farmers. They strive to serve our community with integrity and transparency and value nature and good stewardship of land and animals.
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Island Produce is helping us to source NC vegan BBQ options for the event. Located in Atlantic Beach, Island Produce is a local go-to for sustainable produce and meat stocked from local, ethical, eco-friendly farms. You’ll also find lots of NC specialty items, great coffee, ice cream, goodies, and vegan options! IP works hard to build connections with farmers all across NC to bring a little bit of everything here to our community. This season, look out for more options than ever before. Island Produce is a 5-star Ocean Friendly Establishment for their commitment to reducing plastic and protecting our waterways.
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Coastal Community Market is helping provide US grown, organic produce for the BBQ. Located in Beaufort, NC Coastal Community Market offers local, organic produce, responsibly raised meats, vegan and gluten free items, organic bulk teas and spices, as well as a variety of tinctures and homeopathic essential oils, health and beauty items and more. CCM is a 5-star Ocean Friendly Establishment committed to reducing plastic and protecting our local waterways.
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Garner Farms is sourcing local cabbage for our coleslaw at the BBQ. Garner Farms is located in Newport, NC and has been a staple in our community for some time. The farm was established in 1942 and has been open to the public for over 30 years! They provide main crops of strawberries, Sweet Corn and Bogue Sound watermelon, and a variety of seasonal produce. Their market at also features a plant stand and Garden Patch Kitchen. They offer a variety of activities at the farm including a strawberry picking patch, pumpkin patch, and a corn maze. They strive to provide family fun and produce shopping all in one.
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Pure Farms Pure Waters: Sustainable BBQ

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Support Local and Sustainable Farmers at this Fun Event!

Saturday, May 14th

Come for the food and stay for the music, lawn games, and learn from farmers at 34 North Bar in Cedar Point, NC. This is a family-friendly community event.

Your plate purchase goes directly to support local efforts that protect the quality of water and quality of life in coastal NC.

Purchase your ticket by clicking here.

Food is sourced locally, plates and wares at this event will be certified compostable, and 34 North Bar in Cedar Point features several Ocean and Eco Friendly practices.

Learn more about sustainable farms in our area: Click Here

Learn more about Pure Farms, Pure Waters: Click Here

Learn more about Water Quality for Fisheries: Click Here

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Local Partnership to Prevent Plastic Pollution

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Local Partnership to

Prevent Plastic Pollution

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Coastal Carolina Riverwatch partnered with the City of Jacksonville Stormwater Department and installed a “Trash Trout” litter collection device on Scales Creek this week.

This device floats on the surface of the water and collects floating debris (including single-use plastics).

This is part of a statewide microplastics research and pollution prevention infrastructure project sponsored by Waterkeepers Carolina and funded through the NC Environmental Enhancement Grant.

This is a community collaborative effort that:

  1. Prevents plastic (anything larger than a post it note), and other debris from continuing downstream to the ocean;
  2. Offers citizen science participation opportunities;
  3. Collects data to further improve prevention efforts; and
  4. Showcases how local governments and grassroots water quality protection nonprofits can work together to engineer long-term and expandable pollution prevention measures.

Collecting this data will engage our community in plastic reduction advocacy, identify additional research needs, and help in establishing the need for future plastic policies. We are so grateful for all our partners on this project. Though plastic pollution is an incredible challenge, through collaboration we believe we can make meaningful change.” – Rebecca Drohan, Coastal Carolina Waterkeeper

What’s next for CCRW and plastic pollution prevention? Next week, we are hosting the Duke Policy and Law Clinic, and collaborators, at the Duke University Marine Lab for the NC Plastic Policy Workshop. For agenda and registration info: https://www.ncmarinedebrissymposium.com/

Also, learn more about plastic pollution and it’s impacts on local coastal fisheries here: https://coastalcarolinariverwatch.org/water-quality-for-fisheries/

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Hear from Plastic Policy experts in North Carolina.

Learn how local government planners, solid waste representatives, and local elected officials can help create change in their community with ready-to-adapt-and-adopt binding and non-binding policies.

DRAFT AGENDA CLICK HERE.

When: April 29th, 2022 from 1-5pm

Where: Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort and Virtually through Zoom

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Action Alert: Belgrade Quarry

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Action Alert:

Belgrade Quarry Development

Martin Marietta, Inc. has proposed an expansion of the Belgrade Quarry in Jones County, NC. This project would involve adding new road crossings, expanding impervious surfaces, and mining within wetland areas.

Coastal Carolina Riverwatch has requested the Army Corps of Engineers not approve this proposal as it stands.

Learn more about local impacts and review our comments HERE.

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When: April 29th, 2022 from 1-5pm

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Pure Farms, Pure Waters: Bio Gas Update

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Pure Farms, Pure Waters:

Bio Gas Update

Make your voice heard at the virtual comment meeting on April 21st at 6pm.

Sign up HERE.

Written comments will also be accepted through May 2nd. Email publiccommentsDWR

Learn more and find talking points HERE.

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When: April 29th, 2022 from 1-5pm

Where: Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort and Virtually through Zoom

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Water Quality for Fisheries: Plastic Pollution

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Water Quality for Fisheries:

Plastic Pollution

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Coastal Carolina Riverwatch and the Industry Working Group (made up of commercial and recreational fisheries representatives) have identified plastic pollution as one of the top five water quality concerns that impact coastal NC fisheries.

Each year, between 4.8 and 12.7 million tons of plastic ends up in the world’s ocean. Plastics can absorb and release toxins in the marine environment and can have impacts to fisheries and humans.

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When: April 29th, 2022 from 1-5pm

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Support for Clean Water: Honoring Rick Kearney

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Support for Clean Water

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Honoring

Rick Kearney, Ph.D

Coastal Carolina Riverwatch

Board President

Rick Kearney, Board President, was born and raised inland, in Memphis, TN. Early on Rick developed an interest in nature, exploring woods and fishing in lakes and streams.

After graduating from Mississippi State, he entered the Navy as an officer candidate. Rick served as communications and legal officer aboard a ship that did a tour in the Gulf of Tonkin, offshore Vietnam. There, Rick developed an appreciation of the beauty (and hazards) of blue water.

Following Rick’s Navy service, he found his way to graduate school at the University of Oklahoma. Rick taught and headed up programs at universities along the east coast, including the University of South Carolina, University of Connecticut, East Carolina University, and NC State University. At USC and U.Conn, Rick developed and taught their first courses in environmental politics and policy.

“My connection with CCRW came when my wife and I began spending the majority of our time in retirement at our house Down East, on Ward’s Creek in Otway. Watching and fishing the Creek, I am acutely aware of water quality issues, particularly those related to runoff from upstream, at Open Ground Farms.

CCRW’s mission to protect the quality of our coastal waters is critically important, and the main reason I agreed to serve as Board president of this amazing nonprofit organization. My commitment to CCRW keeps me engaged with our amazing staff, board members, and the broader environmental community.

Our work is important in meeting the challenges to our coastal ecosystem and the quality of our fisheries.”

Thanks Rick Kearney, and to all the CCRW volunteers, members, and donors!

Whether you have strong roots to the coast, lived here your entire life, or just moved here to enjoy the salt air, we need your support to protect the quality of water and quality of life. Regular donors, members, and volunteers are vital to continue the growth of service that Coastal Carolina Riverwatch provides to the coastal community.

Together, we protect the quality of water and quality of life in Coastal North Carolina.

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NC Plastic Policy Workshop

Hear from plastic policy experts in North Carolina.

Learn how local government planners, solid waste representatives, and local elected officials can help create change.

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April 29th, 2022

1-5pm

Where:

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