Environmentally Speaking

You don’t have to be big to catch a big fish. Teddy Wingfield, a 9-year-old from Lookout Mountain, Tenn., proved it with the scamp he caught on June 2 while fishing on a charter boat in waters off of Atlantic Beach. The scamp weighed in at 32 pounds, topping the former state record by nearly 5 pounds. It also outweighs the current world record scamp by 2 pounds, 6 ounces. The Division of Marine Fisheries has certified Wingfield’s scamp as a state record and he has applied for the world record title.

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Secretary van der Vaart recently visited Martin Marietta’s Benson quarry to learn about their ongoing expansion and to see firsthand one of the facilities that DEQ permits. Read about his visit in the Four Oaks - Benson News in Review: https://ncdenr.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/DENR/Sec%20visits%20to%20Ben...

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Kathleen Lance, the administrative secretary for the state Division of Waste Management, was recently named the division’s Employee of the Year for 2015. Lance was selected from among the division’s 253 full-time employees because of her hard work, professionalism and exceptional customer service, said Michael Scott, who directs the division. A ceremony was held earlier this year during the division’s annual training event in Raleigh.

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There were tangled lines, plenty of pinfish and a whole lot of smiles at the annual Take a Kid Fishing outing Tuesday. About 1,100 children and chaperones came to the coast to fish for the day. Employees from the Divisions of Marine Fisheries and Coastal Management, along with their family and friends, helped bait hooks, cast lines and reel ‘em in.

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By Jenny Kelvington Clean, affordable energy protects our environment, allows our state to attract and maintain job-creating businesses, and is a vital part of North Carolina’s all-of-the-above energy strategy. At the July meeting of the Energy Policy Council, representatives from companies across the state joined a panel discussion about energy costs and sustainability efforts. Members of the panel agreed that clean, reliable and cost-efficient energy is important to their businesses.

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Algal blooms can be a common occurrence in North Carolina water bodies during summer months, when hot weather and extended sunlight cause algae populations to rapidly increase, or “bloom.” So far this year, staff with the state environmental department have observed algal blooms in areas such as Edenton Bay in Chowan County, Fontana Lake in Swain County, and Pamlico Sound in Beaufort County. You can find information about observed algal blooms on our website.

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If the air seems clearer in North Carolina these days, it’s not your imagination. Scenic views are better than ever in North Carolina, thanks to statewide improvements in air quality over the past two decades. Cleaner air is benefiting public health as well as the economy, with better visibility increasing views and enhancing visitor experiences.

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