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"Walk the Loop for Clean Water" opens in Wrightsville Beach

Published: Jun. 29, 2016 at 10:36 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2016 at 10:57 PM EDT
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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - The Town of Wrightsville Beach is partnering with the North Carolina Coastal Federation to take on stormwater runoff pollution in the area, the number one pollutant of our coastal creeks and sounds.

The "Walk the Loop for Clean Water" trail will highlight some of the prevention methods used here along the Loop walking path in Wrightsville Beach. The ribbon cutting ceremony was held Wednesday at the Coastal Education Center.

Polluted runoff can cause swimming advisories, shellfish harvest closures, and dangerous flooding. The Coastal Federation is hoping to educate people about these risks.They say that the trail may even inspire people to try to reduce runoff in their own homes and backyards.

"As they're walking of course we're surrounded by water in Wrightsville Beach so it's the perfect opportunity for people to learn something and so you get some exercise and at the same time you can learn something that you can take home to your own backyard," said Tracy Skrabal, coastal scientist.

You can take the tour with the Federation on Wednesday mornings, or do your own self-guided tour. More information on the tour can be found here.

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