Environment

The Battle for North Carolina's Coast

One thing that most North Carolinians share is a love for our coast. We know our coast is fragile, but do we love it enough to protect it and how can we know what is best to do? Retired East Carolina University professor Stanley Riggs talks to us about “The Battle for North Carolina’s Coast: Evolutionary History, Present Crisis, and Vision for the Future." Original Broadcast Date: 04/14/2013.

Lionfish

The lionfish is an invasive species that threatens the state's commercial fishing industry because they eat the foods that grouper and snapper eat, along with juvenile grouper and snapper. Lionfish have no known predators and have a rapid reproduction rate, which is why they are taking over the reef ecosystem.

Rain Catchers

Stormwater runoff is a major source of pollution in our streams and lakes. Those lakes are also a source of drinking water. State law requires cities and towns to cleanup the runoff, because it doesn't get treated in sewage plants - it goes right in the lakes and rivers. Durham is launching an innovative 5 year program called 'Raincatchers' in hopes of slowing down, reducing, and naturally cleaning up stormwater.

O2 Solar Power

O2 Energies focuses on developing and owning large scale ground-mounted solar power plants in the Southeast United States. O2 Energies customizes each solar project based on factors such as work opportunities for local contractors and training and educational opportunities for local residents.

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