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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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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 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.

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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

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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

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

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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

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Water Quality for Fisheries: Factory Farming Pollution

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Water Quality for Fisheries:

Factory Farming Pollution

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

In the last three decades, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (factory farms) became a large component of the state’s agricultural industry. North Carolina went from the 7th to the 2nd greatest swine-producing state in a matter of 5 years during the 1980s.

The excess nutrients, from these facilities, cause eutrophication, habitat destruction, and algal blooms that block sunlight from reaching aquatic vegetation. Algal blooms may contain toxic microorganisms such as a Pfiesteria which has contributed to public health issues and fish being plagued with large sores. These factors have caused massive fish kills in freshwater including species such as minnows, gar, largemouth bass, striped bass, and flounder.

CAFO runoff can also lead to the presence of fecal bacteria or pathogens in surface water. Fecal bacterial pathogens that can cause human health problems and may lead to shellfish collection restrictions.

READ MORE about CAFO impacts to water quality and what coastal fishing communities have prioritized as solutions.

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Water Quality for Fisheries: Film Access

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Water Quality for Fisheries Film Release

Tidal Alert: The State of Water Quality and its Impacts on Coastal Fisheries

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Gibbs Creek Update and Planning Board Comments

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Gibbs Creek Update
The Southern Environmental Law Center submits comments to the Town of Beaufort Planning Board regarding the proposed “Salt Wynd Preserve” along Gibbs Creek, on behalf of Coastal Carolina Riverwatch.

Comments were submitted to the Planning Board on March 16th, 2022. Coastal Carolina Riverwatch is encouraging the coastal community in joining us to request that the Planning Board consider denying the Preliminary Plat approval request.

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Introducing Duke Student Collaborators

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Meet María

María Cecilia Pertuz is a Political Scientist and Masters in Public Policy and currently a student of Coastal Environmental Management at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.

María hails from Colombia, and has worked as a research assistant in a think tank, as a coordinator in the Colombian National Government, and as a WWF consultant.

She had the incredible opportunity to work in national public policies such as Colombia as a Bioceanic Power 2030 and National Protected Area System.

María is an avid scuba diver and ocean enthusiast, having participated in Reef Check and Reef Repair expeditions. Her love for the ocean and passion for public policies is an asset to Duke and CCRW in contributing to protecting water quality in Coastal NC.

María is assisting CCRW in diversity planning to ensure our work equitably represents our community environment. Maria is also assisting CCRW with grant research in order to sustain and expand our work for NC waters.

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Meet Alex
Alex Risius is a Master of Environmental Management Candidate at Duke University. She is assisting CCRW with our education, outreach, and social marketing projects to increase our community’s awareness of water quality issues.

Alex is in her first year of graduate school and is specializing in Coastal Environmental Management. Prior to returning to school, Alex worked as the Assistant Director of Reef Relief, a non-profit organization focused on coral reef conservation.

During her time at Reef Relief, she taught thousands of students about coral reef ecosystems, worked with community stakeholders to solve local environmental issues, and assisted in hiring and managing staff and interns. Alex now sits on the board of directors at Reef Relief and helps guide policy decisions on water quality and environmental issues in South Florida.

Alex is very excited to be working with the team at Coastal Carolina Riverwatch to improve the quality of water and quality of life through outreach and marketing initiatives.

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Join CCRW on World Water Day for the premiere of our new documentary, “Tidal Alert: The State of Water Quality and its Impact on Coastal Fisheries”, on Facebook Live and Vimeo on March 22, 2022 at 6:00pm EST.
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Water Quality for Fisheries: Stormwater Pollution

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Water Quality for Fisheries:

Stormwater Pollution

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

Due to rapid growth in coastal areas, increased construction, and the draining of wetlands, the amount of impervious surfaces has increased tremendously in coastal North Carolina.

Contaminants from Stormwater include, but are not limited to sediment, nutrients, and bacteria.

READ MORE about Stormwater impacts to water quality and what coastal fishing communities have prioritized as solutions.

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Program Update

Film to be Released on World Water Day,

March 22, 2022. Watch the Trailer below:

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

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