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First Clean Water Week Begins June 1

WILMINGTON — Nonprofit groups have organized a series of free, family-friendly events as part of the first Clean Water Week set for Friday, June 1, to Thursday, June 7.

Clean Water Week recognizes the year anniversary of the report that GenX and other chemicals were detected in the Cape Fear River and in the area’s drinking water supply. The week of events explores emerging contaminants in the Lower Cape Fear River, and the renewed threat of offshore oil drilling, according to the event’s Facebook page.

Cape Fear Chapter of Surfrider Foundation, Cape Fear River Watch, North Carolina Coastal Federation, Cape Fear Sierra Club and Plastic Ocean Project are offering the educational programming throughout the week.

Clean Water Week Schedule: 

  • Friday, June 1: Outdoor screenings of “Shore Stories” and “If the Ocean Could Talk” at Tidal Creek, 8-10 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 2: Cape Fear River Watch Saturday Seminar 9 a.m. with Dr. Roger Shew, free pancake breakfast begins at 8 a.m. at 617 Surry St.
  • Sunday, June 3: Hike around Greenfield Lake with Cape Fear Sierra Club. Meet at the boathouse parking lot at 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 6: Coastal Cleanup at Carolina Beach State Park, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with North Carolina Coastal Federation. Meet at the marina. Register here.
  • Thursday, June 7: What’s in Our Water? A panel of water quality experts will discuss from 6:30-8:30 p.m. what’s been learned in the last year at the Union Station Auditorium at Cape Fear Community College, 502 N. Front St.

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