N.C. Coastal Federation hires new coastal advocate

By on September 26, 2017

Michael Flynn

The North Carolina Coastal Federation has hired a new coastal advocate, Michael Flynn, whose first day on the job was Sept. 1.

Flynn will be working out of the Wanchese office and focused primarily on issues that affect the Outer Banks and surrounding region.

As a coastal advocate for the federation’s Wanchese office, Flynn will be working to increase public awareness of coastal issues that relate to the federation’s mission.

Some of his duties will revolve around building support to oppose potential offshore oil and gas exploration; helping to draft the Lake Mattamuskeet watershed restoration plan; advancing the federation’s oyster restoration; and living shoreline and stormwater management strategies.

“I am extremely excited to continue the next phase of my career with an organization that uses a very engaging and participatory approach to protect water quality, restore habitats and develop the economy of coastal North Carolina,” Flynn said in a press release from the Coastal Federation.

“I look forward to meeting with community members and actively listening to their concerns so that we may identify solutions to issues that arise and evolve over time.”

Flynn is a current Ph.D. candidate in coastal resources management at East Carolina University. As part of his research he partnered with the National Park Service at Cape Hatteras to evaluate how vulnerable the shoreline’s cultural resources sites are to various coastal hazards. He served as a coastal policy fellow for North Carolina Sea Grant and helped develop the North Carolina Coastal Atlas.

He has also worked as a surveyor in Kitty Hawk for Bissell Professional Group and as a coastal scientist in New Jersey for Michael Baker International. Flynn received a master’s degree in environmental science and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Stockton University in New Jersey.

Flynn resides in Waves. He first moved to North Carolina in 2013 to attend East Carolina University, and returned in 2017 to continue his dissertation research.

Flynn will be one of two coastal advocates for the federation. Mike Giles has been coastal advocate at the Wrightsville Beach office since 2006.

The federation’s coastal advocates are tasked with ensuring that the public voice is heard at state, local and federal levels when it comes to management issues that affect the health of the coast. Coastal advocates partner with other organizations and work to encourage policymakers to take actions that protect North Carolina’s coastal environment and economy.

For more information about the federation’s advocacy work, visit N.C. Coast Advocate,  email Michael Flynn, or call (252) 473-1607.

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is a nonprofit membership organization that works to keep the coast of North Carolina a great place to live, work and play. Through a variety of programs and partnerships, the federation provides for clean coastal waters and habitats; advocates to protect the coast, and provides information about the coast and what can be done to protect it.

The federation has offices in Ocean, Wanchese and Wrightsville Beach. To learn more, visit NC Coastal Federation  or call (252) 393-8185.

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