Local honored for coastal preservation

Permuda Island

Lena Ritter was an integral part of efforts to protect Permuda Island in Stump Sound from development she said would have damaged water quality and to preserve the boat landing at Morris Landing.

Don Bryan / The Daily News
Published: Friday, October 11, 2013 at 13:54 PM.

For Onslow County native Lena Ritter of Tar Landing, it’s the greatest reward to come from the coastal preservation projects that she has had a part in over the years.

Future generations will know Stump Sound and the waters around Permuda Island as the productive shellfishing waters and prime coastal resource as she always has.

 “When I see the children out there in the water, I’m so thankful it is clean water for them to go swimming in and that when they get older they can get oysters in productive shellfish waters,” she said.

Ritter was an integral part of efforts to protect Permuda Island in Stump Sound from development she said would have damaged water quality and to preserve the boat landing at Morris Landing.

Her efforts have earned her a Lifetime Achievement Award from the N.C. Coastal Federation. The award was presented recently at the Coastal Federation’s annual Pelican Awards ceremony.

Ritter, a former Coastal Federation board president, said it is an honor to receive the award but it is not her own.



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