Serving Southeastern North Carolina
 
                                   "I was extremely impressed with the professional level in which this project was conducted. Projects like this are extremely important for the progression of waste to energy and renewable energy in North Carolina."

Keeley Boggs- 

North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association


There’s so much this sewer line is going to do for our community.  No more backing up of raw sewage that posed a danger to the children.  This sewer has been a “blessing from on high” to me.  It’s been a long time in coming, but it’s been worth it.

 

Nathan Hand-
 Maple Hil Resident, Pender County

Completed Projects

Columbus County Landfill Gas-to-Energy System
Columbus County

Cape Fear RC&D worked cooperatively with Columbus County and Southeastern Community College to develop a methane gas capture and energy generation system at the Columbus County Landfill.


The gas-to-energy system uses a system of wells to capture methane gas from a closed portion of the landfill. The gas is then used to fuel a burner, which provides electricity to the region, as well as heat for a greenhouse that is used to propagate venus flytraps.


Due to habitat destruction and poaching of venus flytraps that grow naturally in the region, the carnivorous plant is being threatened with extinction. Rebecca Westbrooks, of Southeastern Community College, partnered with Columbus County and Cape Fear RC&D to design a greenhouse that could be used to micro-propagate venus flytraps. The plants are then sold in order to reduce the demand for stolen flytraps.


Cape Fear RC&D helped acquire and manage over $1 million in funding from NC Energy Office, as well as provided technical assistance for all preliminary work and contracting. Through the partnership between the County and Cape Fear RC&D, the project was completed, and now fosters pollution reduction and endangered species enhancement to the region.


Maple Hill Alternative Sewer System
Pender County

Maple Hill was a small, unincorporated community with major septic issues caused by a high water table, poor soils, and flood-prone lots.  The septic failures of 50% of systems in Maple Hill resulted in 36 straight pipe emissions into Holly Shelter Creek.  The community, which is located 20 miles from both Burgaw and Jacksonville, was unable to connect to nearby wastewater treatment facilities due to high connection costs and low household income. Despite high costs to establish a sewer system, local resident, community leader, and Cape Fear RC&D board member Bryant Shephard explained, "We cannot afford not to do it.  We need this system."

Cape Fear RC&D played a pivotal role in providing the community with reliable wastewater management.  The project eliminates 171 existing septic tanks with STEP systems. The project, which totaled over $4 million was funded in part by grants from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund and the NC Rural Center.  These grants, which were managed by Cape Fear RC&D provided the funding necessary to complete the project and provide wastewater treatment to Maple Hill. 

   
New Hanover Landfill Leachate Irrigation Equipment
New Hanover County

As one of only a few NC landfills that treats and handles its leachate on site, the New Hanover County landfill uses a constructed wetland to innovatively treat part of the leachate that it produces. The treated water is then land applied to grassed areas that are closed landfill cells. This system keeps all of the liquid in a closed system, and on site. The first phase of the irrigation system provided enough area to land-apply about 20% of the treated leachate.

New Hanover County asked CFRC&D to assist in securing funding to expand the irrigation area to another cell that had been closed. CFRC&D completed a grant application to the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund, that provided $155,000 for additional irrigation equipment. This expanded the capability to land-applying just over 40% of the leachate—getting the NH landfill closer to its goal of land-applying 100% of the treated leachate. The other 60% of the leachate is currently treated conventionally and is permitted to be discharged. Installation was completed during the fall 2006.


Bladen County No-till Drill
Bladen County

Cape Fear RC&D provided support for the acquisition of a 7.5’ grain drill being used by limited resource and historically under-served farmers in Bladen County.  The no-till drill helps prevent soil erosion and significantly cuts down on sedimentation and nutrient loading in streams and rivers.  Rental income will be used to maintain the grain drill and contribute to a replacement account.  Up to 20,000 acres per year will benefit from the program.


The Waccamaw River Debris Removal Project
 
Brunswick & Columbus Counties

This project removed storm debris and blockages from over 26 miles of the Waccamaw River in Columbus and Brunswick counties, through a $182,091 grant from the NC Division of Water Resources. CFRC&D, NRCS and the Columbus SWCD provided technical assistance to the project.

The work was done with hand labor and as little channel and canopy disturbance as possible ~ opening the river to recreational navigation and diminishing the extent and duration of flooding. Phase-1 was completed in March 2007. Phase-2, the next 26 miles, is to be completed during Fall 2007.


Alganomics- Algae to Biofuels
Brunswick County


Cape Fear RC&D has supported regional entrepreneurs whose work falls within our mission.  Dr. Kim Jones’ Alganomics is researching the production and harvesting parameters for various algae in southeastern NC.  She is taking algae from the test tube to full-scale biofuel production.

Eagles Island Coalition Land Acquisition

New Hanover County








CFRCD wrote and received a $255,000 Clean Water Management Trust Fund grant for the 242-acre purchase and assisted through closing.  The property is being held and managed by the New Hanover County Soil and Water Conservation District.


Composting System Technical Assistance
Pender County
In 2005, CFRC&D assisted the Pender Soil & Water Conservation District, providing financial and technical assistance to develop a forced-air composting system for on-farm disposal of swine carcasses. In 2007, Stoneybrook Farms in Pender County installed a full scale forced-air composting system to handle all of its mortality and allowing the farm to switch from incineration, with a fuel cost of $25,000 per year, to composting. Our earlier project contributed to the NRCS including this practice as part of the Environmental Quality Incentive Program which the producer was able to use for some of the installation cost.