Dec. 12: Coastal Studies Institute to host “People, Water, and Septic: A Coastal Case Study” presentation

By on November 11, 2019

“People, Water, and Septic: A Coastal Case Study”

Thursday, December 12 at 2 p.m.
Coastal Studies Institute, 850 NC 345, Wanchese

Aerial View of Nags Head (Coastal Studies Institute)

ECU Integrated Coastal Programs and the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) are hosting the annual Capstone research project presentation from the students of the UNC Institute for the Environment’s Outer Banks Field Site (OBXFS).  The OBXFS is a semester-long, interdisciplinary residential learning experience for UNC Chapel Hill undergraduate students and is hosted by the ECU Outer Banks Campus. The 2019 Capstone research presentation is focused on septic systems in a changing coastal landscape and will be given by the students of the 2019 Outer Banks Field Site.

Each fall, students from the UNC Institute for the Environment spend a semester at the Outer Banks Field Site where they take classes, engage in internships and complete a Capstone research project. This year, the students concentrated their research on indicators of the separation between the groundwater table and septic drain fields in the Gallery Row sub-watershed and associated risks perceived by stakeholders.

2019 Outer Banks Field Site Students

Their presentation, entitled “People, Water, and Septic: A Coastal Case Study” will highlight their findings and debut their three-episode podcast, “Flushed”. The program will be held at 2:00PM on Thursday, December 12 at the Coastal Studies Institute located on the ECU Outer Banks Campus at 850 NC 345 in Wanchese, NC. The presentation is free, and the public is welcomed and encouraged to attend.

In their presentation, the students will present their study of wastewater, groundwater, and surface water interactions. The capstone research project is focused on better understanding what areas of the Gallery Row sub-watershed are susceptible to wastewater and ground water interactions, whether or not concentrations of elements from wastewater have decreased since the groundwater was lowered in the sub-watershed, and the public perceptions of the risks of ground and surface water contamination from wastewater.

This program will be streamed live at and the online viewing audience will be able to ask the presenter questions via an online chat room. The podcast and report will be accessible via the OBXFS website ( soon after the presentation.

Dare County Animal Shelter

Sealed bids for completion of the Dare County Animal Shelter will be received on February 11, 2020, in the Dare County Administration Building, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo, NC, for 01-Fencing, 03- Concrete, 04-Masonry, 05-Metals/ Steel, 06-Casework, 07-Roofing, 07-Caulking, 08-Glass and Glazing, 08-Doors, Frames and Hardware, 08-Overhead Doors, 09-Drywall, 09-Flooring, 09-Painting, 10- Specialties, 12-Furnishings, 21-Fire Protection, 23-Mechanical & Plumbing, 26-Electrical, 31-Sitework and 32-Landscaping.

This project will be bid and awarded in accordance with North Carolina law. Sealed proposals from Contractors will be received until 1:00 p.m. All bidders must submit for prequalification by 2:00pm on 2/3/2020. Bids submitted by non-prequalified bidders will not be considered. All bids will be opened and read aloud starting at 2:00 p.m. of the bid day. Bids must be delivered in person and on the supplied Bid Form and include a bid deposit worth 5% of the total bid value. Electronic and faxed bids will NOT be accepted or reviewed. All times are local prevailing times.

Information requests concerning the project shall be submitted in writing to: Alex Palagyi of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company via email (

Bidding material, prequalification material, and complete plans and specifications may be obtained from the Whiting-Turner Building Connected site and will be available until the bid due date. All subcontractors are responsible for emailing Alex Palagyi ( for access to the Building Connected site.

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and Dare County reserve the right to reject any and all bids, waive informalities and irregularities in bidding, and to accept bids which are considered to be in the best interest of the County. The Whiting Turner Contracting Company and Dare County also reserve the right to require any bidder to submit information needed to determine if said bidder is responsible within the meaning of N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-129.

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