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FREE YOGA CLASS TO CFRW MEMBERS

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Exhale Yoga and Wellness Studio is offering a FREE yoga class to CFRW Members on September 27th at 9:30am at their studio at 16 South Front St. We hope you are able to take advantage of this free class! If you would like to attend please email exhaleyogaandwellness@aol.com so that they can know how many to expect.

For more information call 910-769-2461

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The Art Brownell Fellowship Fund

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As many of you may know, we have lost one of our most dedicated and passionate members of our Cape Fear River family. In April, we lost Arthur W. Brownell, a champion of the Cape Fear River and a driving force behind the restoration of our river’s fishery. Art was an exceptional man. His deep understanding of the importance of environmental conservation was developed throughout a lifetime of work and experience in the field.

He grew up in the Boston area, and his love of the outdoors and fishing began at an early age. He joined the Massachusetts Department of Natural Resources and worked his way to the top of that organization in just eighteen years. He then worked in governmental affairs for International Paper and was that organization’s interface with Congress on environmental issues for over twenty years.

His lifetime accomplishments are extensive and include helping to establish the Cape Cod National Seashore, working on the clean-up of Boston Harbor, forming numerous conservation commissions, serving as Vice President and President of Cape Fear River Watch, serving as Treasurer and President of the Cape Fear Men’s Club, and being elected to the New Hanover County Soil and Water Conservation Board of Supervisors in 2012.

Art took a love of the outdoors and turned it into a lifelong commitment to protect and improve the waterways and forests that he knew were so important. Cape Fear River Watch benefitted enormously from his leadership over the years. He asked tough questions, gave wise advice, took calculated risks, was always there ready to help, and pushed us to be the best organization that we could be.

Art is survived by his wife of 51 years, Helen Brownell; two daughters, Sandra Brownell and Debra Bense, Debra’s husband Ron and daughter Juliana; as well as his nephew Paul Dunn.

Here at Cape Fear River Watch we individually and collectively find great inspiration by looking back at Art’s well-lived life. As a way of honoring Art’s commitment to conservation and his tireless efforts to restore the Cape Fear River fishery, Cape Fear River Watch is establishing The Art Brownell Fellowship. This fellowship will be funded as an annual internship at Cape Fear River Watch in support of fishery restoration in the Cape Fear River, and it will be awarded to an exceptional undergraduate or graduate student selected by the Cape Fear River Watch Board of Directors. The recipient will be announced each year at the StriperFest banquet.

We know that Art would be honored to see that his vision and work within Cape Fear River Watch to restore the fishery is being continued and improved with the addition of a fellowship dedicated to that goal. We are also confident that the students who are awarded this fellowship will benefit from a deeper understanding of the importance of conservation and fisheries just as Art did. Finally, we take comfort in knowing that “our” river and its fishery will continue to benefit from Art’s legacy for many years to come.

If you would like to contribute to the Art Brownell Fellowship Fund please click here.

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Coal Ash, your Riverkeeper and national news!

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On March 17th, 2014 The Rachel Maddow Show reported on the discovery by environmental activists of water being pumped from Duke Energy coal ash ponds into local waterways, and a new report that NC law has been changed to protect Duke’s coal ash pits. Our very own Riverkeeper Kemp Burdette is featured in this news report.
VIEW NEWS STORY BELOW!

As more and more details “leak” out about this statewide environmental issue we will be on top of it!
Get more information about Coal Ash HERE.
We need YOUR HELP to fight coal ash here in NC, help us HERE!
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Volunteer Opportunities with CFRW!

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Looking for a fun way to volunteer your time back to the community?  We have developed a group of folks that  helps spread the word about our 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 jen@cfrw.us.

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Annual Report!

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View our Annual report to see all of the wonderful things we have accomplished!

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REPORT STORMWATER Pollution!

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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!

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