PAHs in Urban Waterways- new Extension fact sheet

Learn about sources of these toxic compounds, and management strategies to reduce risks of PAHs on aquatic habitats:

PAHs in Urban Waterways (PDF)


Rain Gardening in the South: Ecologically Designed Gardens for Drought, Deluge & Everything in Between

from another blog


The first book directed at the consumer/home gardener market on this important new gardening movement, Rain Gardening in the South is a colorful, readable how-to guide on creating beautiful gardens that capture and use water that runs off roofs, driveways, and other hard surfaces in our landscape.

Written by horticulturists Helen Kraus and Anne Spafford, Rain Gardening in the South helps gardeners use our most precious resource wisely. Rain gardens maximize rainwater, enhance the landscape, and promote environmental stewardship. Read more…

Sea Level Rise, Government Policy, and Economic Efficiency

An article in this month’s’ NC Economist, by

Andrew G. Keeler, Program Head for Public Policy and Coastal Sustainability at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute and Professor of Economics at East Carolina University

Sea level rise will likely significantly alter the underlying costs and benefits of living and working in coastal areas, and will do so in a difficult-to-predict and highly variable way. Adaptive responses will come from individual and collective responses to changing incentives. The public sector will be a key determinant of these incentives through its choices about infrastructure investments, risk management policies, and programs to compensate citizens for unfortunate outcomes. This review suggests that public sector policies are essential, but also difficult to craft in an environment of uncertainty and complex dynamic relationships between public and private decisions.

click for entire article


NPS reduction guide

From the recent edition of Journal of Extension – some brief and useful tips.
One of the authors, Jason Jolley of UNC, used to work with us here at WECO.

Nonpoint Source Pollution Reduction in Coastal Communities: An Extension Service Guide to Stormwater Management Practices

Managing nonpoint source (NPS) pollution is a crucial aspect of maintaining coastal water quality and ensuring viable estuarine habitats. This article provides a primer on promoting sustainable stormwater management techniques in local government, in the interest of reducing the impact of nonpoint source pollution in coastal areas.

G. Jason Jolley
Senior Research Director
Center for Competitive Economies (C3E)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Stephen Kleinschmit
Assistant Professor
Department of Public Policy
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Yard Map


Wild West: gardening for wildlife in the Avent West neighborhood, Raleigh, NC


You may remember us talking about YardMap

It seems it may be up and running now.

What’s a yardmap?


YardMap is a citizen science project designed to cultivate a richer understanding of bird habitat, for both professional scientists and people concerned with their local environments.

Deanna Osmond – Extension leader

From an article in Summer 2012 Perspectives Magazine

A Philosophical Approach

Date posted: August 6, 2012

Dr. Deanna Osmond
From her office, Dr. Deanna Osmond leads a national Environmental Protection Agency webinar on how to use public and private resources for better protection of water quality.

Deanna Osmond carries on the Extension traditions of improving lives and using science to help people make informed decisions.

To Dr. Deanna Osmond, the terms “Cooperative Extension” and “land grant” are synonymous.

“As Extension specialists, we take the most current information that has been developed through research and translate it into practice that improves people’s lives,” said Osmond, professor of soil science and department Extension leader. “To me, that’s what the land-grant mission is.” Read more…

5th grade poster contest on…..Stormwater !

to enter your 5th graders in the Wake Soil & Water Conservation District 2013 Conservation Poster Contest!

This year’s theme is “Water Cycle: The Cycle of Life”. The focus is on stormwater runoff and the innovative ways people are better managing stormwater and preventing water pollution. Read more…

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