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NC - Federation Shares 2020 Accomplishments

Because of the significant contributions from many partners and supporters during this difficult year, the North Carolina Coastal Federation, which publishes Coastal Review Online, has been able to continue its work to protect and restore the state’s coast.

While the federation had to adapt to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit organization was able to restore thousands of acres of wetlands, reduce millions of gallons of polluted runoff, install more than a mile of living shorelines, build oyster reefs, remove hundreds of tons of marine debris from coastal estuaries, and work to promote management decisions and policies that maintain a healthy coastal economy and environment, according to the federation.

“Our staff held many virtual meetings and worked directly with paid contractors to accomplish most of the things we set out to do in 2020,” said Todd Miller, executive director of the federation said in a statement. “This year’s tangible, long-term accomplishments make a difference not only now but for decades to come.”

Some of the federation’s accomplishments include installing rain gardens and porous parking stalls on the University of North Carolina Wilmington campus, which will absorb 4.5 million gallons of rain a year and restored more than 2,700 acres of wetlands on coastal farms and forests.

The federation worked with local, state and federal agencies and Hyde County residents to implement the Lake Mattamuskeet watershed restoration plan to improve water quality and reduce flooding.

“This work reaffirms my faith in our ability to work cohesively and productively for the good of coastal communities and environment, despite any challenges we may face,” said Joe Ramus, the federation’s board president.

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