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The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI) is celebrating national Pollution Prevention (P2) Week and the 30th anniversary of the Pollution Prevention Act by hosting a four-day virtual conference to share pollution prevention and sustainability best practices. This week’s virtual conference gives ESI members and other business representatives an opportunity to learn about energy efficiency best practices, water reduction techniques, recycling markets and regulatory topics.

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                                            NCGS staff were able to use drone technology to identify the surface expression of fault movement, the dark line in the grass, from the August 9 earthquake in Sparta, NC.   North Carolina Geological Survey (NCGS) staff members visited the site of the August 9 5.1 magnitude earthquake that hit about 2 miles from Sparta, North Carolina. The purpose of the visit was to document the damage, collect data about the movement at the fault, and add information for inclusion in the NCGS database for the future preparation of landslide hazard maps.  

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Clark Purvis could not have known just how remarkable that striped bass he recently caught would turn out to be. Sure, it was a big fish – 40 inches long – given that it was caught in the Roanoke River. Most striped bass caught in North Carolina’s sounds and rivers range between 16 and 24 inches. But that’s not what made the fish so special. It was the information researchers with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Tagging Program got from the tag on the fish that showed how extraordinary it was.

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A state program helped make a historic building in Fayetteville, North Carolina safer for years to come with the removal of two underground storage tanks (USTs) in November of 2019. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Division of Waste Management worked with the Orange Street School Restoration and Historical Association to have two USTs removed from the property of the Orange Street School. Orange Street School is the oldest public education structure remaining in Fayetteville, and it serves as a reminder of the history of black education in the area. 

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The NC Air Awareness team has developed resources for teachers and students to complete from their homes and offices. Most years, the NC Air Awareness staff are busy working directly with students and the public at environmental field days, classroom visits, and public events and Earth Day Celebrations. As these events and invitations to participate evaporated with the COVID-19 crisis, the NC Air Awareness team turned our efforts into creating resources which can be done from home.   NEW – Introduction to Air Quality for Educators 

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Good air quality is often one of those things we take for granted.  It's not something that we can see, smell, or taste.  North Carolina’s air has been improving every year due to the efforts from a variety of groups and individuals.  Every day, three hundred and sixty-five days a year, the North Carolina Division of Air Quality (DAQ) works with the state’s citizens to protect and improve outdoor, or ambient, air quality for the health, benefit and economic well-being of all.

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