We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. We take this opportunity to rally for the Cape Fear River and advocate for it’s preservation.
We are citizens of the Cape Fear Community. We drink the water, play in the water, make livings from and eat what comes from the water. The Cape Fear flows through all of our hearts and bodies. Help protect where we eat, drink, make a living and play this year by giving to Cape Fear River Watch. It’s the gift that keeps on giving to all of your future generations. Invest in your future today – make a donation to the Cape Fear River here!Posted in Uncategorized | November 18, 2015
As you may know Cape Fear River Watch, along with our partners in the Stop Titan Action Network, and represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center challenged the NC Division of Air Quality issuance of Titan Cement’s air permit. We challenged it because the permit did not consider the human health impacts and environmental consequences of the enormous amount of pollution that Titan’s proposed facility would emit into OUR community’s air (and eventually water). Our state environmental protection agency, the NC Department of Environmental Quality sided with the polluter, again, as they have done so much lately. They argued that citizens did not have the right to challenge permits issued under the authority of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. You read that right – the state argued against its citizens and the environment and for polluters! And they are wrong. 100% dead wrong.
And we aren’t the only ones who know this. Recently the US Environmental Protection Agency warned the state in a letter that the ruling “cast serious doubt on whether North Carolina’s authorized NPDES and CAA/PSD programs can satisfy the minimum requirements for citizen access to judicial review of environmental permits going forward.” And further, “under section 402(c)(3) of the Clean Water Act, the EPA has authority the withdraw a state’s NPDES program authorization if the state is not implementing its program in accordance with federal statutory requirements.”
Check out the article below on this issue and as you read consider what it means when the state agency that is supposed to protect NC citizens and our environment is arguing against citizen input and for weakened regulations on the worst of the worst polluters in our state. Things need to change.
Check out the article here -http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article44892177.htmlPosted in Uncategorized | November 11, 2015
Our Daffodil Fundraiser for 2015 is in full swing!
All proceeds will benefit Cape Fear River Watch, this is a great way to support the river and beautify your neighborhood. Daffodils have been especially chosen to do well in the Wilmington area by a NC daffodil grower. We have several varieties and gift bags available for the perfect holiday gifts that keep giving each year! You can stop by the CFRW Office (617 Surry St) to purchase gift bag wrapped bulbs Monday – Friday from 9am-5pm.
Our contact for this fundraiser is: Jeannie Lennon, 910-794-8555 email@example.com, feel free to reach out to her with questions!Posted in Uncategorized | September 16, 2015
Thank you to Whole Foods for fundraising with cups of coffee for CFRW! They raised $693 for River Watch! Great job, thank you so much Whole Foods! Please consider Whole Foods during your holiday meal shopping!Posted in Uncategorized | September 2, 2015
Don’t miss the article in the September issue of Our State Magazine about Kemp Burdette, your Cape Fear Riverkeeper!Posted in Uncategorized | June 15, 2015
By Dana SargentPosted in Uncategorized | May 27, 2015
Congratulations to our very own Education Coordinator KayLynn Plummer who won in the YWCA’s Environmental Women of Achievement Award this year! We are very proud as Kay Lynn works tirelessly towards diversifying the education and outreach program here at CFRW.Posted in Uncategorized | March 2, 2015
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.
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