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  • Coastal Reserves Serve to Preserve, Educate

    Rachel Carson Reserve is part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, which was established by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 as amended, and is administered under NOAA’s National Ocean Service by the Estuarine Reserves Division that works in partnership with the states or territories where the reserves are located. The NERRS is […]

  • Everyday Ways To Reduce Single-Use Plastic

    Founder of Ocean Friendly Establishments Ginger Taylor recommends the following ways to reduce single-use plastic: Go Strawless. Skip the straw and say, “no straw please,” when ordering beverages. Bring your own reusable straw. Bring your own reusable bag when shopping, especially at the grocery store. Bring your own reusable water bottle or coffee mug. Bring […]

  • Newest GenX Lawsuit Attacks DuPont Science

    Reprinted from North Carolina Health News DuPont downplayed its own animal research regarding potential risks from the chemical GenX that the company released into the Cape Fear River for decades, a new lawsuit alleges. And the company prolonged exposure to GenX and other compounds by not disclosing their release into the river, which feeds public […]

  • Enviva Pledges to Protect Forests

    BETHESDA, Md. – Enviva, the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, says the company is committed to protecting forests and environmentally sensitive areas in the region. Through its subsidiaries, Enviva Holdings, LP, owns and operates plants in the Southeast that produce nearly 3 million metric tons of wood pellets annually for export to power plants […]

  • Scientists Push Ahead With GenX Research

    Published in partnership with North Carolina Health News Water filtration effectiveness, effects on human health, persistence in river sediments, and bioaccumulation in eastern oyster beds are among a new set of studies driven by public concern over GenX and the dearth of science surrounding it. Scientists and regulators are mapping out how to monitor and […]

  • What Else Is In the Water? Study to Begin

    WILMINGTON – The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority announced Monday that it had contracted with the University of North Carolina Wilmington to conduct a yearlong study of raw and treated drinking water to identify unregulated compounds and chemicals and provide a scientific basis for regulatory controls. The $64,607.88 contract, to be billed in 12 monthly […]

  • GenX Pollution: What Happened? And When?

    Reprinted from North Carolina Health News Although extremely serious on its own, contamination by the industrial chemical GenX in the Cape Fear River is significant beyond potential risks to the public drinking water downstream. Public scrutiny of how the industrial chemical got there in the first place is raising awareness of scientific concerns about potential […]

  • What About Solar Power During An Eclipse?

    Duke Energy manages energy from more than three quarters of the roughly 3,200 megawatts of solar power in North Carolina, but because the company has a diverse mix of energy sources and a plan in place, representatives say they expect to meet customer demand during the Aug. 21 eclipse. 

  • Clean Cape Fear Plans GenX Discussion

    The group, Clean Cape Fear plans to host a community discussion on GenX and other contaminants 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, at the Coastline Conference and Event Center in Wilmington.

  • Oysters, Aquaculture, Gear Cleanup Funded

    RALEIGH — The Senate budget approved Thursday includes several provisions related to recent efforts to expand the state’s oyster and aquaculture programs. The spending plan adds $1 million each year for oyster sanctuaries, bringing the total annual spending to $1.4 million. The state’s cultch planting program to rehabilitate shellfish beds also gets a boost in […]