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Join us for the latest installment in our Advocacy Series. Larry Baldwin, Crystal Coast Waterkeeper, and guest Rett Newton, Mayor of Beaufort, NC, discuss municipal involvement in waterway protection. 

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Coastal Carolina Riverwatch is participating in a new microplastic study.

The study “Improving Human and Ecosystem Health through Microplastic Reduction” launched in February as a collaborative state-wide project amongst North Carolina Waterkeepers. Coastal Carolina Riverwatch will be collecting bi-monthly water and sediment samples from the New River for the period of two years. Project partners UNC-Wilmington, Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, and Plastic Ocean Project will collaborate to get the best scientific data for this project.

“Plastic pollution is visible to us everywhere we look on a daily basis.” said Larry Baldwin, Crystal Coast Waterkeeper. “Still, little is known about the amount of microplastics, particularly in our waterways, such as the New River. This study will help us quantify the amounts and learn more about the negative impacts of microplastics and plastics as a whole.”

For questions or more information contact Crystal Coast Waterkeeper, Larry Baldwin, at LarryB@coastalcarolinariverwatch.org

This week a small CCRW cleanup crew cleared over 200 pounds of trash around the Hibbs Road Convenience Center. Most of this was made up of plastic film and polystyrene. Thanks to Carteret Big Sweep for providing supplies and to Carteret County Sheriff Department for sending an Environmental Enforcement Officer for roadside safety. 

To join cleanup efforts, contact CCRW Program Coordinator, Rebecca Drohan, at RebeccaD@coastalcarolinariverwatch.org

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