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Each of the 260 craft breweries in North Carolina have their own unique flavor in both the brew and the ambiance. There are a select few that have a distinct story to tell because they sit on abandoned, unused, old manufacturing properties that have been repurposed through the North Carolina Brownfields Program.

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Becoming a staple to the North Carolina business landscape are craft breweries as the state boasts the largest number of them in the American South. Each has its own unique flavor. The brew is exceptional as the environment. One thing that makes a select few craft breweries extra special is that they sit on abandoned, unused, old manufacturing properties that have been recycled into thriving businesses through the North Carolina Brownfields Program.

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(Part I: this is three-part series)  With 260 breweries and brewpubs, it’s no wonder North Carolina boasts the largest number of craft breweries in the American South according to the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild. That means there’s something for everyone in nearly every corner of the state. Each craft brewery has its own flavor in both atmosphere and pint. Some breweries reside on unused, old manufacturing properties that have sat for years but have been given new life through the North Carolina Brownfields Program.

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DEQ Secretary Michael Regan traveled to Burlington last Saturday to serve as a judge for the 2018 North Carolina Envirothon. Three teams of high school students competed in the final oral presentation demonstrating their knowledge of natural resource conservation and management. Envirothon is a national high school environmental education competition coordinated and supported by the N.C. Division of Soil and Water Conservation and the N.C. Association of Soil and Water Districts on the state level.  

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DEQ’s secretary, Michael Regan, made a visit to the Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District this week to present Lisa Pope with her environmental education certificate. Pope is the resource program support coordinator for the Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District and recently completed the department’s Environmental Education Certification Program. Secretary Regan took this opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of educators like Pope to science education and environmental stewardship.

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