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Goal: Advocate for compatible land and water uses that protect clean water, critical habitats, and public access to the coast 

The federation works to equip strong advocates for the coast and to hold decision-makers responsible for their actions. Our advocacy work takes many forms, as we tailor solutions to the problem at hand.

How we work:

  • Recruit all possible partners, including non-traditional stakeholders who don’t normally join environmental causes.
  • Provide internal leadership, technical assistance and management.
  • Secure funding to support critical issues.
  • Disseminate information necessary for informed decision-making.
  • Applaud significant accomplishments by stakeholders.
  • Hold decision-makers accountable for their actions.


Join/Renew or Donate

This list is just a few of the current things your support has made possible:

Championing LID

Low-impact development (LID) is a better method of land planning and stormwater engineering that protects or replicates natural watershed hydrology to prevent polluted runoff. It is used when land is developed as a practical and cost-effective way to protect coastal shellfish and swimming waters from pollution. The federation has partnered with many local and state agencies to secure funding to devise LID programs and tools for new development. It is working with private developers and engineers to help devise residential, commercial and industrial land uses that incorporate LID practices to protect water quality.

Preventing unwise industrial development

Your support has helped us in the ongoing fight to stop Titan America’s plan to build a huge cement kiln and massive strip mine along the Northeast Cape Fear River north of Wilmington. We also worked with local citizens to prevent the building of a Sulfer Smelter at the Port of Morehead City.

Promoting beach protection

With your support, we are working to prevent the armoring of beaches that protects private property at the expense of public beaches. The federation works to ensure that we always have beautiful recreational beaches in N.C.

Protecting public access

With your help we are working to provide for good access to coastal lands and waters. A recent project at Manns Harbor provides for commercial and recreational fishing access to Croatan Sound. We are providing access to the shellfish waters of Stump Sound at Morris Landing by providing a waterfront park for the Town of Holly Ridge. The federation has made thousands of acres of new Gamelands available by donating protected and restored coastal forests and wetlands to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

promoting and enforcing laws and rules for the coast

The federation watches over the coast and calls attention to regulatory concerns that need added attention. In the past year, we have worked with the Pamlico County Board of Commissioners to seek enforcement of wetland safeguards for a 4,600 acre property that is being ditched and drained near vital estuaries. We have asked federal agencies to examine how unauthorized ditching is also occurring within the 70,000 acre Hofmann Forest in Onslow and Jones counties. The federation routinely connects concerned citizens with government agencies when regulatory concerns arise. We are also part of numerous stakeholder teams working to improve coastal rules and permitting procedures related to water quality and habitat protection.

Promoting Living Shorelines

The federation is working with federal, state and local agencies, private marine contractors, and waterfront landowners to promote new federal and state permit standards that encourage the use of more natural methods of controlling shoreline erosion around our state’s 12,000 miles of estuarine shorelines. We are seeking to do away with regulatory disincentives that allow for more damaging and less effective stabilization methods to be commonly used even when better, more environmentally sound and cost-effective alternatives are available.