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Planning a fishing trip to the North Carolina coast? Check out the new North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries Artificial Reef Guide. This new 131-page, full-color guide is printed on waterproof paper and provides detailed information about each of the state’s 62 reefs, including diagrams of each site showing all reef material, GPS coordinates, and material deployment dates.

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A study by the state environmental agency shows encouraging trends for North Carolina’s efforts to divert wholesome, uneaten food from landfills so it can be used to feed the hungry. The “N.C. Organics Recycling Study” revealed that last year 15,000 tons, of wholesome and perishable food was donated and fed to people. Most of that food was donated by grocery stores, restaurants, catering companies, farmers, and other businesses to food rescue organizations that delivered the food to soup kitchens and shelters, said Jorge Montezuma, the Organics Recycling specialist who conducted the study.

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Even if you aren’t a Pokemon Go player, chances are you have seen the stories on the news and noticed people playing in parks, on the street and in other public places. This augmented reality game fad has also caught the attention of North Carolina's environmental education providers. DEQ’s Office of Environmental Education is pitching in to help by offering resources and current research on the educational potential and other aspects of augmented reality games.  

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Read the Hendersonville Times-News to hear from our Director of DEQ’s Division of Waste Management describe how the state is cleaning up contaminated property across NC to protect the environment using risk-based remediation. Click here: http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20160810/OPINION/160819998?tc=ar

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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://files.nc.gov/ncdeq/DENR/Sec%20visits%20to%20Benson%20quarry.pdf

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