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A beautiful sunset (and dusk) view across the Cape Fear River of the USS North Carolina from the Riverwalk in downtown Wilmington.
26
Feb
2016

Derb Carter: Supporting a New Vision for the Cape Fear Region

by Derb Carter Category:

Named for the treacherous shoals at its mouth that wrecked many ships, the Cape Fear River drains much of eastern North Carolina, entering the Atlantic Ocean below the historic port of Wilmington. Today, in the face of serious environmental challenges, there is an emerging consensus in the lower Cape Fear region around Wilmington that the best way forward is to protect and capitalize on its tremendous cultural and natural riches: its waterways and wetlands, its beaches and offshore waters, and the river that defines this area. In recent years, Wilmington itself has steadily redeveloped its waterfront with plazas, shops, restaurants, and public spaces—turning the city to embrace the river. With support from Louis Bacon’s Orton Foundation, the Southern Environmental Law Center is using its legal skills to help local citizen groups fulfill this vision for the region’s future. One of the challenges facing the Cape Fear region—and coastal communities all along the south Atlantic—is the Department of the Interior’s proposal to open the waters offshore to oil and gas drilling. The coastal communities that would bear the brunt... read more +