Environmentally Speaking

Earth Day is Friday, April 22, and there are many environmental education events to mark the occasion throughout North Carolina. A wide variety of fun, family-oriented activities are planned that incorporate music, games and outdoor recreation. These opportunities are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and discover ways to care for our environment. To help you find events in your area on Earth Day and through April, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs compiles an online calendar on their website, eenorthcarolina.org.

Continue Reading

Many public universities and community colleges in North Carolina are improving their waste reduction efforts by better educating people and creating more recycling opportunities on campuses, according to a survey conducted by the McCrory administration’s environmental department. The survey asked publicly funded colleges to weigh in on their strategies for managing waste and recycling. The results of the survey were eye-opening: The 61 responding colleges recycled 19,000 tons of materials, or 34 percent of the waste they managed in fiscal 2014-15.

Continue Reading

The General Assembly should lift the state’s ban on placing electronics in landfills, as it will help to protect the environment and ease the financial burden on local governments, a leader with the state environmental agency said Wednesday. North Carolina since 2011 has prohibited placing televisions, computers, scanners, monitors, video displays and printer-scanner-fax machines in solid waste landfills. Since the ban went into effect, nearly all counties in North Carolina have implemented electronics recycling programs.

Continue Reading

The state environmental department today delivered a letter to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights thanking its members for giving the state an opportunity at the April 7 town hall meeting in Walnut Cove to share its accomplishments in cleaning up coal ash in North Carolina. At the town hall meeting, Assistant Secretary Tom Reeder discussed the McCrory administration’s commitment to cleanup up coal ash and announced a new initiative to ensure that minority communities are not negatively impacted by Duke Energy’s coal ash disposal sites.

Continue Reading

During a town hall meeting in Walnut Cove on Thursday, a Southern Environmental Law Center attorney acknowledged that Governor McCrory has done more to address the decades-old problem of coal ash than the previous North Carolina governor. In response to a North Carolina Advisory Committee member’s question on whether the McCrory administration has been more active than previous administrations to address coal ash, SELC Senior Attorney Chandra Taylor stated, “I think that this administration has done more than the previous administration.”

Continue Reading

DEQ is joining the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in a combined effort to control the spread of aquatic nuisance species in North Carolina’s inland and coastal waters. The goal is to provide officials with long-term tools that will improve their ability to monitor and control these species in North Carolina waterways while raising public awareness of how we can prevent the spread of these organisms.

Continue Reading

Catch a tagged fish in North Carolina’s coastal waters, and you could get more than just supper. That was the case with 12 lucky fishermen who each won $100 in a recent N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Multi-Species Tagging Program drawing. The tagging program randomly selected tag numbers from the 1,020 fish tags that were turned in by fishermen in 2015. Three tag numbers were selected from each of the four species that are tagged by the program. The winners are: Red drum: Alex Bissantz of Camp Lejeune, Daniel DeJong of Jacksonville and Raymond May of Troutman

Continue Reading

DEQ announced at a town hall meeting in Walnut Cove today that the agency will take extra steps to ensure minority communities are protected when it comes to coal ash clean up. The town hall was hosted by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Assistant Secretary Tom Reeder spoke about the pioneering steps the McCrory administration’s leadership has already taken in addressing the decades-old coal ash issue, and how under McCrory’s leadership, North Carolina has set an example for the federal government and other states in addressing the clean-up of coal ash.

Continue Reading

Michael Voytkowski of Waverly, PA has a fish tale to tell – and a state record to prove it’s true. Voytkowski reeled in a 32-pound false albacore while fishing on the charter boat Beagle at the Big Rock off Morehead City. He caught the fish on April 7, 2015, but only recently applied for the state record honor.

Continue Reading

Secretary van der Vaart last week visited Statesville to tour a wastewater treatment facility that recently completed renovations to upgrade and modernize its water and sewer infrastructure. Thanks to funds administered by the state, the Statesville facility was able to improve its system by expanding capacity, improving energy efficiency and replacing outdated infrastructure. For more information about the secretary’s visit, read his letter to the editor in the Statesville Record & Landmark: Water, sewer infrastructure improvements a priority

Continue Reading
Subscribe to