Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Alamance 4-H’ers win state wildlife competition

Alamance 4-H'ers scored highest in the state WHEP contest. Pictured are, front from left, Nicholas Weidemann (junior division) and Emma Bailey; back from left, Zachary Weidemann, Courtney 	        Eckmann and Nathan Troxler.

A team of Alamance County 4-H’ers took first place in the state 4-H Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program competition in April and will move on to represent North Carolina at the National 4-H WHEP Invitational this summer.

Keeping beaches safe from runoff pollutants

The N.C. State engineers designed and built two hidden dune filtration systems in Kure Beach.

When it rains, untreated stormwater can sweep pollutants into coastal waters, potentially endangering public health. Now researchers and Cooperative Extension engineers from N.C. State University have developed low-cost filtration systems that are concealed beneath sand dunes and filter out most of the bacteria that can lead to beach closures.

Racing to stop the cankerworm

Undergraduate researcher Bobby Chanthammavong and technician Greg Bryant examine the remains of cankerworms stopped in their tracks by tape covered with a sticky paste. Without their efforts, the annoying pests might have killed the tree.

Controlling cankerworms is tricky, but on a foggy Friday, entomologist Steve Frank and his colleagues head out on their weekly mission: preventing the cankerworm, an annoying pest, from defoliating North Carolina’s urban deciduous trees. Read more in N.C. State University’s Bulletin.

13th worm conference attracts 120

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Rhonda Sherman’s vermiculture conference attracted 120 people this year from around the U.S. and five other countries.

Worms can recycle your garbage

Vermicomposting

Vermicomposting turns many types of kitchen food scraps into nutritious soil amendments or growth media for plants. When vermicompost is added to soil, it boosts the nutrients available to plants and enhances soil structure and drainage. Learn more in this newly revised publication (PDF) from North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Local ‘green development’ projects receive awards

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Four local land development projects received awards from the Greater Triangle Stewardship Development Awards Program (GTSDA). The event, in conjunction with the City of Raleigh Environmental Awards, was held at the brand-new Nature Resource Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh.

Beyond the yuck factor

Bill Fenner and Sushama Pradhan

Why do Americans continue to flush their toilets with drinking water? It’s a question that an N.C. State University team of soil scientists contemplates every day as they work to show that small-scale wastewater reuse can be a way to ensure a safe and plentiful water supply in the face of projected nationwide water shortfalls.

4,000+ Extension Master Gardeners help make N.C. a greener place

Darcey Martin and R.N. Harris Elementary School students.

With spring on its way, Extension Master Gardeners across the state are working in full gear, helping fellow gardeners – beginners and experts, young and old – enhance their landscapes, grow their own fruits and vegetables and learn about the science behind gardening.

Right as rain

Rain garden installation

When it comes to lessening the effects of water pollution, residential and commercial rain gardens are becoming increasingly popular in North Carolina, thanks in large part to N.C. State University and its Cooperative Extension Service.

Cooperative Extension helps educate citizens about natural gas leases

Ted Feitshans

Two years ago, Lee County Extension Director Susan Condlin and some local Cooperative Extension advisors began seeing paid advertisements in the local newspaper, inquiring about leases for mineral rights. Condlin discovered that the natural gas industry was knocking on Lee County’s door, and many landowners didn’t have the information they needed to make informed decisions on leasing their mineral rights.

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