The past few weeks have been tough for rivers and the communities that depend on them for drinking water, jobs and recreation. Since January, we’ve witnessed the catastrophe in West Virginia where a chemical spill left 300,000 people unable to drink or even bathe in their water; the 3.5 million gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Haw River, a major tributary of the Cape Fear and the drinking water supply for nearby Burlington, illegally hidden from the public by officials with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources; and most recently, a massive spill of coal ash into the Dan River near Eden, N.C., from ponds just like those at the Duke Energy’s Sutton Steam Plant here in New Hanover County.
What do these events say about the recent actions by the N.C. General Assembly to weaken environmental regulations and hamstring the agencies responsible for enforcing the regulations that we have left?
It is going to take a lot of hard work to get these devastated areas recovered. Will you help us clean up coal ash ponds in the Cape Fear river and throughout NC? Please consider supporting our work with a $5 monthly donation.
Photo by: Appalachian VoicesPosted in Uncategorized | February 24, 2014
Cape Fear River Watch is hosting “Community Rain Garden Day” at Lock & Dam #1 on the Cape Fear River Saturday, March 29th at 9am. This is an approved North Carolina Science Festival event! Bring your family and friends for this fun event, which will feature fun, educational activities for kids while others get their hands dirty installing native plants for the first time in our interpretive rain garden. Activities will be led by the CFRW education committee and the New Hanover and Brunswick County Cooperative Extension Office.
A rain garden is a shallow, planted depression in the ground that captures stormwater runoff from parking lots, driveways and roofs and allows it to soak into the ground, rather than running across roads, capturing pollutants and delivering them to a stream. Plants and soil work together to absorb and filter pollutants and return cleaner water through the ground to waterways, like the Cape Fear River. This rain garden will include an interpretive trail throughout.
Come be a part of the North Carolina Science Festival on Saturday, March 29th to help CFRW actively protect the health of our river!
The NCSF link:
http://www.ncsciencefestival.org/2014_event/community-garden/Posted in Uncategorized | February 24, 2014
Looking for a fun way to volunteer your time back to the community? We are developing a group of folks that can help spread the word about this wonderful organization, its mission and what folks can do to help. We are looking for people, like you, that are willing to take some time to learn more about the organization through a training session with the staff and some board members and then go out to some of the many functions around the area to help at the CFRW table. Join the CFRW Table Brigade! If you would like to join please email email@example.com.Posted in Uncategorized | January 22, 2014
Thank you Wilmington for voting CFRW your best Environmental Group THREE YEARS IN A ROW! We are thrilled each and every time we win. We are planning now for the best year yet!Posted in Uncategorized | May 14, 2013 Uncategorized | May 8, 2013
f you have information about pollution being spilled, dumped or discharged into the storm drainage system, which includes storm drains, ditches, swales, creeks, lakes, ponds, streets, or directly into a waterway, please
CALL THE CITY OF WILMINGTON HOTLINE 910.341.1020 or REPORT ONLINE!Posted in Uncategorized |