After the Titan fight and the Federation’s efforts to improve the Special Use Permit for NHC, we recognized while a lot of efforts from other groups have been and continued to focus on the upper river and the NE Cape Fear through land acquisition and the Cape Fear River Partnership for Migratory Fish Passage, there was not a lot of focus on the lower estuary except for some specific research at UNCW and our work at CBSP (which was part of the catalyst for this more concentrated effort).
Funding for the Blueprint was secured through a grant from the Moore Foundation and the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust last February. We put together a working group that consists of Federation staff, DMF, UNCW, NC Audubon, retired DEQ staff and identified these issues the Blueprint will address. Staff begin work on the blueprint in Feb. and continue to develop the plan. Overall coordination of the plan Mike’s while Ted and I concentrate on the specific project goals including oysters (Ted) Living shorelines/stormwater and Invasives (me) and water quality reclassification and writing the draft plan is on Mike and a graduate fellow Britt Sheinbaum.
Issues the Blueprint will address: