Our newsletter has a new look this month. It’s part of our ongoing effort to make it easier for you to understand what’s going on in North Carolina and for you to take action on issues you care about.
Please enjoy this issue of Footnotes and thanks for all the work that you do to make our state a better place to explore, enjoy, and protect.
Your staff at the North Carolina Sierra Club
Take Action on Coal Ash
Legislators from the NC House and NC Senate will soon start working on the final details of the coal ash bill. We need you to write to legislators and let them know the final version of the bill must ensure that coal ash will no longer pollute our state’s waterways.
Every coal ash site in North Carolina is leaking. The only way to make sure all of North Carolina’s communities are protected from dangerous coal ash is for you to demand comprehensive action from legislators.
Speak Up for Clean Water!
Right now, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is accepting public comment on a proposed set of water quality standards meant to keep North Carolina in compliance with the Clean Water Act and adopt EPA standards for metals.
Federal law requires states to review and update water quality standards every three years. North Carolina last did it in 2007. And while DENR has proposed a number of updates for the first time in 7 years, there are still some things missing that North Carolinians deserve.
Solar is Rising
Right now, North Carolina has the second most solar capacity in construction in the country. And this isn’t anything new. For the past few years, our state has been a solar powerhouse, creating jobs and investment all across the state. However, the development that’s creating jobs and investment has been mostly limited to utility scale projects – large farms being clean energy online.
However, the NC Sierra Club is working to protect and expand policies that can make rooftop solar more practical. Putting power on roofs is how NC can become first in solar. Find out more about our campaign and how you can stay in the loop at FirstinSolar.org.
Wilderness Spotlight: Middle Prong
This month, we take a look at the Middle Prong Wilderness. This protected area was created by the 1984 Wilderness Act which celebrated its 30th anniversary in June.
Comprised of 7,900 acres in Western North Carolina, Middle Prong was once inhabited by the Cherokee and was settled by pioneers in the late 1700’s. Find a full description of this wilderness area, including pictures and maps, at the most recent blog post on OurWildNC.org.
Every summer, the NC Sierra Club is lucky enough to have interns help tackle the tasks related to protecting our air, water, and natural places. This year, we have two top notch interns helping on everything from legislative issues to wilderness and everything in between.
Please take a moment to learn about the great work being done by Brianna van Stekelenburg and Caroline Spence in their intern spotlight profiles and thank them for all that they do.
Upcoming Events and Outings
Note: The deadline to participate in the Wilderness Challenge has been extended to July 31. Click here for challenge details and to register!
August 22 – 24 – Outings Leader Training at Hanging Rock State Park
This training is for outings leaders who have taken Sierra Club OLT101 (basic outdoor leadership training) within the last 4 years. This training will prepare participants to lead overnight trips away from cars (Sierra Club Level 2 outings).
Join the Capital Group for a summertime walk in the woods and tree identification outing. Hike consists of 0.6 miles on the talking tree trail and 0.8 miles on the talking rock trail. Guests may want to bring your bird or tree guidebook or a bottle of water. This is not a backcountry hike and no special skills or equipment are required. Outing is free and open to the public, limited to the first 12 to sign up at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tree-id-walk-tickets-12243363229
This hike is part of the Our Wild North Carolina Celebration! This is a moderately strenuous 10-mile round trip hike that will cross Black Balsam Knob, Tennent Mountain, and Flower Knob to Shining Rock and be at altitudes above 6,000 ft. For more information, contact Joel Wooten at (336) 466-1314 before 9:00 pm, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Wilderness outings are limited to 10 hikers. Click here more information.
Did you know you can make a monthly gift to the NC Sierra Club? Find out how you can make a sustaining gift by visiting our website, or contacting the Chapter office at 919-833-8467.