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StriperFest Live Auction Sneak Peek!

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We have some awesome auction items this year! Check out our list of LIVE Auction items…  see you Friday bidders!

Andy Cobb
Copper Grouper Sculpture. Valued at $325

Plan 9 Charters
Half Day, Five Hour, Fishing Charter for up to 4 people.
Valued at $400

Patrol Flight with the Cape Fear Riverkeeper
Spread your wings with the Cape Fear Riverkeeper! One lucky person will get to ride along in a small plane out of Oak Island and up the Cape Fear River for a personal look at a day in the life of a Riverkeeper. Help Kemp spot  for pollution and get a bird’s eye view of the most breathtaking parts of our region. Priceless

SeaGate Boating: Carolina Breeze Sunset Cruise
Two hour sunset cruise aboard the 41 foot motor yacht, Carolina Breeze. Good for up to six passengers. Expires April 15, 2018. Valued at $650

Bridge Tender’s River Lodge Two Night Stay
Featured in Salt Magazine August 2017. Located on the Northeast Cape Fear River, nestled on the Bluff, will all the comforts of home.  Bring your boat & binoculars. Enjoy time on the water or hanging out on the 28X9 open porch, cantilevered over the river. Valued at $350

Captain Rick Croson
Full Day, Ten Hour Offshore Fishing Charter for up to 5 people. Valued at $1,100

Orion 65 Cooler
Easily transported by canoe, raft, truck, or even small planes, with capacity to hold quartered big game, larger fish or food for a week, the 65 is the right size for long adventures. Bear resistant, lockable, and includes 6 tie downs and four -bottle openers. Valued at $500

Silver Spoon Charters
Half Day, Four Hour, Light Tackle Fishing Charter for one or two anglers. Valued at $400

Bald Head Island Vacation House 
Spend three nights/four days at the ‘Morning Light’ Craftsman style Bald Head home. This Japanese inspired home has four bedrooms, 4 and a half baths plus a treehouse with sleeping accommodations for two. Includes two electric carts and bicycles. Not eligible for the “Pick of the Run” Raffle.  Valued at $2,800

Wilmington Water Tours
Private Cruise for up to 40 people.
Valued at $1,250

Cape Fear River Adventures
Guided Paddle Tour through the 3 Sisters Swamp on the Black River to visit the ancient cypress trees for up to 6 people. Expires 12/1/2018. Valued at $600

Schroeder’s Mountain Cabin Getaway
One week getaway to a two bedroom, one bathroom mountain cabin close to Linville Gorge, Grandfather Mountain and the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information, visit Currently available May 5-May 12, but the owners will work with the winners if they would like to choose different dates in the spring.  Valued at $1,100

Circle H Charters
Half Day (Four Hours) Fishing Charter for one or two anglers. Valued at $350

14.5 Foot Native Tandem Kayak
Custom rigged 65 pound blue lagoon tandem kayak with dual anchor trolleys, two stern rod holders, one track mounted Scotty powerlock roof holder on rear head adapter. Manufactured in Fletcher, NC. Paddle with the same kayak used by the Cape Fear Riverkeeper on their eight days down the Cape Fear, featured in Our State Magazine. Can be used as a two person tandem kayak or for a single paddler with lots of room for gear! Valued at $1,300

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Calling CreekKeeper Volunteers!

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We are looking for volunteers to help out with a cool program that keeps an eye on the tributaries of the Cape Fear in our area!  We are looking for folks that can attend one training session and monitor a creek in our area 6 times per year. This is an easy and fun way to get out in your community and directly impact the water quality in our community. If you are interested please email Kay Lynn Hernandez at and let her know you want to be a CreekKeeper!


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Thank you!

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Dear volunteers, interns, sponsors, donors and attendees,

THANK YOU! We had the biggest and best event we have ever had and that is all thanks to you. We already looking forward to StriperFest 2018!



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Cape Fear Floodwaters After Matthew

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Hurricane Matthew was, without a doubt, one of the worst flooding events in recorded history for southeastern North Carolina, and the Cape Fear River Basin in particular. All three of the major sub-basins, the main stem of the Cape Fear River, The Black River, and the Northeast Cape Fear River, saw all-time high levels of flooding at some gauging sites.

The environmental impacts from this kind of flooding are enormous. The Cape Fear Riverkeeper, along with fellow Riverkeepers on the Waccamaw and Lumber River, the White Oak and New River, The Neuse River, and the Pamlico-Tar River, made several flights in small planes to get an idea of the impacts. What we saw was troubling.

Concentrated animal feeding operations (a.k.a. CAFOs or Factory Farms) were significantly impacted. Barns full of animals (both swine and poultry) were flooded, drowning animals in those barns. The waste within those flooded barns was swept up by floodwaters and carried downstream. Across North Carolina there were numerous hog lagoons that were buried beneath flood waters, their waste washed into communities downstream. Massive piles of poultry waste left in fields were washed into our rivers as well.

Coal ash ponds in the Cape Fear Basin did not see significant impacts, as the rainfall and flooding in New Hanover and Chatham Counties was less severe than areas in between. There were breaches of coal ash ponds in the Neuse River Basin at the Duke Energy Lee Plant, as well as a breach of the cooling pond there. As we have seen time and time again Duke Energy was late to catch the breach (they had to be told about it by the local TV station) and the NC Department of Environmental Quality has been reluctant to disclose the details of the spill.

To get a bird’s eye view of impacts across NC click here. To watch the WECT story click here. To read a Washington Post article about flooding impacts to CAFOs click here. The read about the coal ash spill click here. To read the Waterkeeper Alliance report on CAFOs and see the interactive maps click here.

Floodwaters are falling although many, many people are still out of their homes and or without power in areas of flooding. Clean-up of these impacted communities will continue for some time. The bottom line is that the Cape Fear still is likely to have high levels of bacteria that can make people very sick, Stay out of floodwaters, the river, and the ocean (remember the Cape Fear empties directly into the Atlantic). Stay tuned as more information about water quality will be forthcoming.

Shots from Lock & Dam #1 where our education center and rain garden were inundated:

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If you would like to make a monetary contribution for repairs to the rain garden and education center you can do so here!

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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


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