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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
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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.
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.
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Meet our BBQ Partners
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.