Environmentally Speaking

Calling all photographers! In celebration of national Nature Photography Day on June 15, DEQ is sponsoring a nature photography contest. Nature photography offers a way to connect with the outdoors and learn about complex ecosystem connections. Images captured through nature photography can also bring the wonders of the outside world to those who may not have access to parks, beaches, preserves and other natural areas. With North Carolina’s wealth of spectacular scenery, flora and fauna, there are endless photo opportunities statewide.

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Governor McCrory has awarded $75,000 in grants to five coastal cities and towns to help them lower flood insurance costs and prepare for future growth. A $15,000 grant was awarded to Morehead to assess flood vulnerability and help lower residents’ flood insurance premiums, and a $15,000 grant was awarded to each of the towns of Edenton/Chowan County, Ocean Isle Beach, Wrightsville Beach, and Shalotte to update their land use plans in order to prepare for future growth.

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“Extragalactic Exploration: Galaxies and the Universe” will kick off the next Lunchtime Discovery Series next week. Dr. Patrick Treuthardt, assistant director of the Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, will be the first featured speaker on Wednesday, May 25th at noon.

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The federal Environmental Protection Agency today released a health advisory for two perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) called PFOS and PFOA that are not regulated by the federal government. The newly announced health advisory level for these two combined chemicals is 70 parts per trillion for drinking water.  Prior to EPA’s announcement, the McCrory administration began working with water systems that would exceed the new levels to ensure that the drinking water they provide is safe.

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