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Check Bacteria Levels Before You Swim and Fish

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Swim Safe, Summer isn’t over yet!

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Make a Splash into Wetlands Wednesdays

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Make a Splash into Wetland Wednesdays
We are passionate about water quality, in our oceans, rivers, streams and even our wetlands. Wetlands often get a bad rap with being muddy, buggy and stinky. However, they are also beautiful, wonderful places rich in biodiversity and evolved to fulfill many important ecological roles and functions. Stay on the lookout every Wednesday for Wetland Wednesdays and we hope you enjoy!

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Mark Your Calendars!

Please join us on August 25 in Beaufort for the screening of “Tidal Alert”. The screening will be taking place at Mill Whistle Brewing in Beaufort. Have some brewskies and meet the cast of the documentary. Hope to see you there!
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Together, we protect the quality of water and quality of life in coastal NC.

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Welcome Kelly to the CCRW team!

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Welcome Kelly Burke to the CCRW Crew!

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Hello all! I am so proud to be a part of the CCRW team as the new administrative assistant and I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Kelly Burke, and I am the proud momma bear of five grown girls, quite a few grandkids and I have lived in Carteret County for nearly 15 years now.

I decided late in life to pursue a B.S. in Natural Resources and happy to say I am near the home stretch! My interests in riparian and wetland ecosystems and the protections they require and deserve have been lifelong passions of mine. I am excited to be a part of the CCRW team and look forward to a future working within this impressive organization.

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A Message from the White Oak Waterkeeper

“As I enter my final week as White Oak Waterkeeper, I am reflecting on the work Coastal Carolina Riverwatch has done to protect the quality of water and the quality of life in coastal NC.

Below are some of my favorite memories over the last few years.”

– Becca Drohan, White Oak Waterkeeper

Advocacy
CCRW serves the White Oak River basin through strong advocacy. We have worked collaboratively with East Coast residents, non-governmental organizations, local governments, and researchers to achieve a moratorium on offshore drilling. We have worked to mobilize our community to impede destructive coastal development, and to protect maritime forests. We have expanded our networks to address state level and federal level policies and actions.
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Education and Outreach
We have reached thousands of White Oak River basin residents through community outreach. This includes environmental programming at The Bridge Down East, field days at East Carteret High, tabling events, sustainable farm visits, and the Ocean Friendly Establishment certification process.
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Watershed Monitoring
CCRW reinvigorated our CAFO monitoring program, identifying targeted sample locations and collecting consistent data on bacterial contamination. We have begun pilot programs to sample for the presence of PFAS and micro-plastics, as well as conducted regular aerial monitoring of CAFOs. We have responded to countless citizen concerns regarding water quality and proceeded with investigations and advocacy.
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Cleanups
In the last four years, the CCRW crew along with volunteers and community partners, removed over 20,000 pounds of litter and marine debris across our river basin. We installed a Trash Trout to catch debris before it reaches our oceans, and are studying results to better inform local plastic advocacy.
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Though we are up against formidable challenges, CCRW will continue to tirelessly advocate for our waterways. I extend my deepest gratitude to our community, volunteers, and members.

Without your support, none of this would be possible. Together, we are working towards a more sustainable and equitable future for residents in our watershed, and beyond.

I am so honored to have been part of this endeavor and look forward to the future of CCRW and the White Oak River basin.

-Rebecca Drohan, White Oak Waterkeeper

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PFAS Pollution

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What is PFAS?
PFAS stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. PFAS are a group of chemicals that have been widely used in manufacturing since the 1940s. They are commonly found in water/grease-resistant products such as non-stick cookware, food wrappers, household products, and clothing, as well as in fire-fighting foams, and industrial processes.

PFAS are known as a “forever chemical” because they do not break down in the environment. They can travel through air, soil, surface water, and groundwater, and can accumulate in people, wildlife, and aquatic life.

According to the EPA, health complications associated with PFAS exposure can include cancer, liver and kidney disease, reproductive issues, immunodeficiencies, and hormonal disruptions.

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PFAS Update in NC

At the recent National PFAS conference, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Elizabeth Biser announced the formation of the DEQ Applied Research Fellowship in partnership with the North Carolina Collaboratory to address PFAS. CCRW Board Member and Duke University Associate Professor, Dr. Lee Ferguson, will serve as a 2022 fellow to assist DEQ with PFAS-related laboratory methods, data analysis, and field sampling, along with Dr. Jamie DeWitt from East Carolina University

“The Faculty Fellowship program is an outstanding collaboration between the NC Policy Collaboratory and the NC DEQ. It represents an opportunity for direct and substantive collaboration between academic researchers and state agency scientists and regulators, with the express goal of improving drinking water quality for all North Carolinians. The inaugural class of fellows includes internationally recognized leaders in the field of PFAS fate, effects, and analysis, and I’m honored to be included among these outstanding researchers. I look forward to working closely with Secretary Biser and her team in the fall as we strive to make NC’s drinking water the cleanest in the nation.”

-Dr. Lee Ferguson, Duke University Associate Professor, CCRW Board of Directors

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In the field, students from the Duke University Engage program joined White Oak Waterkeeper, Becca, in sampling the White Oak River for PFAS in a new pilot program. CCRW is participating in this program through a partnership with Waterkeeper Alliance and Cyclopure. In this unprecedented initiative, over 130 US waterways will be tested for PFAS and posted to study reports.

CCRW will also be participating in PFAS monitoring and programming on the state level in collaboration with Waterkeepers Carolina.

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To reduce impacts, try choosing alternatives to PFAS-contaning products. Advocate to your representatives for comprehensive water testing, legislative action and enforcement of PFAS sources, investment in research, technologies, and treatment.
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