• Swansboro Church Goes Green

    The N.C. Coastal Federation will help Swansboro Methodist Church incorporate green designs to control stormwater at its new Family Life and Ministry Center.

  • Wilmington School Will Get Green Award

    Bradley Creek Elementary School’s work to control runoff and provide an outdoor classroom of flowers,insects and amphibians will be honored today as an outstanding achievement in sustainable building.

  • They Deserve a Break Today?

    McDonald’s request for an exemption to the state’s stormwater regulations illustrates how confusing the rules can be, especially when different regulators seem to enforce them differently. It all has one small-town mayor scratching his head in confusion.

  • A New Way to Control Stormwater

    It took a couple of years of busting up concrete, moving dirt around and digging holes for plants, but the first saltwater wetland in the state that’s designed to treat polluted runoff is now open in Manteo as a town park.

  • River’s Residents Are a Little Crazy

    It’s fair to say that some of the folks who live along the Lockwoods Folly River in Brunswick County are a little crazy — about clean rivers and sounds, native plants and healthy oysters and fish.

  • McDonald’s Seeks Exemption From Runoff Rules

    McDonald’s wants to build a new restaurant in Swansboro and is seeking to take advantage of a loophole in state rules that would allow the company to do nothing to control polluted stormwater.

  • New Dealership Going Green

    Stevenson Toyota in Jacksonville has a new dealership under construction and the federation is congratulating them, because they’re designing the site as a showcase of low-impact development.

  • When It Rains, It Pours

    That’s what it’s done all summer in Nags Head, where a 50-year-old network of ditches, culverts and pipes dramatically showed its age after more than 3 feet of rain.

  • Pesticide-Laden Runoff Kills Blue Crabs

    Thousands of crabs died after a pesticide sprayed on a cotton field washed into a canal near the Pamlico River, causing state officials to wonder what these deadly chemicals are doing to aquatic life. They don’t know because no one really keeps track.