The North Carolina Coastal Federation (NCCF) has created a way for folks to enjoy fresh air, exercise, and learn skills to help our ailing waterways all in one walk. The ribbon is being cut on Walk the Loop for Clean Water, a new Wednesday activity inviting folks to walk the Wrightsville Beach Loop with 7 special points of interest along the way. The journey begins at NCCF's home, the Stanback Coastal Education Center at 309 Salisbury Street in Wrightsville Beach. Sites along the walk include a rain garden, rain barrels, reversed stormwater inlets, and pervious pavement.
While these Wednesday walks will run from 10:00 am - 11:00 am, this kick-off walk is 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm on June 29th.
There was a time when it was safe to eat shellfish straight out of Hewletts and Bradley Creeks without a second thought. Not so anymore-it's not even safe to swim in Bradley Creek anymore. Why? Because of runoff, the top polluter of local waterways. Impervious surfaces like roads, buildings, parking lots, and driveways block the natural flow of water into the ground. Instead, water flows over roads, into drains, and straight into local bodies of water, without receiving the filtering the soil would provide. Learn more about runoff reduction for Hewletts and Bradley Creeks.
Education coordinator of NCCF Ted Wilgis spoke with us about the aims of Walk the Loop for Clean Water; listen above. He explains what runoff is and how small changes in homes and businesses can make a big impact on the health of local waterways.