Coastal management

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 >

08.18.2014

Lawmakers Weaken Wetlands Protections

Topics: Coastal management, Legislature, Wetlands

In what has become an annual rite, the N.C. General Assembly Friday passed more regulatory changes that weaken environmental protections. Small pockets of coastal wetlands were in the crosshairs this time. More >

08.08.2014

Now You See It... Now You Don't

Topics: Budget, Coastal management, Outer Banks

Some controversial coastal provisions that were included in earlier versions didn't make it into the final state budget that Gov. Pat McCrory signed yesterday. More >

08.07.2014

Bald Head Seeks Permit for Terminal Groin

Topics: Coastal management, Southeast Coast, Terminal groins

Bald Head Island could become the first N.C. community to build a terminal groin since lawmakers reversed the ban on such structures. First, they must clear a number of hurdles. More >

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