Coastal management

11.20.2014

Huge Sandbag Wall at N. Topsail Gets OK

Topics: Central Coast, Coastal management

The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission yesterday gave North Topsail Beach the green light to build a massive sandbag wall to protect beachfront houses. More >

11.17.2014

County May Help Pay the Mason Inlet Tab

Topics: Coastal management, Southeast Coast

Thanks to a new state law, New Hanover County may begin to consistently funnel money to help maintain relocated Mason Inlet. More >

11.03.2014

The Challenge of Living Shorelines

Topics: Advocacy, Coastal management, Living Shorelines

A new report confirms that these more natural ways to control erosion are better for the environment than bulkheads, but few waterfront property owners use them. More >

10.22.2014

CRC Won't Fill Science Panel Vacancies Yet

Topics: Coastal management, Politics, Sea-Level Rise

Uncertain of what an updated sea-level rise report would accomplish, two members of the N.C. Coastal Resource Commission's Science Panel resigned this year. The chairman won't fill any positions until the release of that report in 2015. More >

10.10.2014

The Tropical Reefs of North Carolina?

Topics: Central Coast, Coastal management, Energy, Marine Science, Southeast Coast

Prompted by the prospect of wind energy development off North Carolina's coast, researchers are finding reefs with tropical fish and corals right off our coast. More >

09.26.2014

Bulldozers and Turtles? Oh My

Topics: Beach Renourishment, Coastal management, Wildlife

Soon the public will have a chance to comment on a series of proposals aimed to change the way inlets are managed, such as extending the time "window" for dredging and beach re-nourishment into turtle and bird nesting seasons. More >

09.22.2014

What Will a Groin Do to Rare Birds at Rich Inlet?

Topics: Coastal management, Southeast Coast, Terminal groins

That's the million-dollar question. Though the federal review of the possible environmental effects of the proposed terminal groin on Figure Eight Island is nearing completion, federal agencies charged with protecting birds haven't yet started assessing what the groin might do to troubled bird species. More >

08.25.2014

Coastal Primer: 'Critical Habitat'

Topics: Coastal management, Wildlife

The federal Endangered Species Act requires the protection of habitat that listed species need to recover. But the creation of so-called "critical habitat" almost always leads to conflicts and usually lawsuits. More >

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