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Aquaculture

NC - Farmed shellfish creates half of economic impact of shellfish in North Carolina

Cultivated, or farmed, shellfish now represent over half of the total economic impact of shellfish in the state.

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Energy

NC - North Carolina Governor Commits to Offshore Wind Power, Clean Energy Jobs

Executive Order No. 218 reaffirms North Carolina’s commitment to creating clean energy jobs, increasing economic opportunities, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the expansion of offshore wind power.

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Science

NC - Threats to seagrass could cost state's economy millions

Submerged aquatic vegetation, or SAV, also referred to as seagrass, provides critical ecosystem services in coastal waters.

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Federal

VA - Almost $10 million poured into Chesapeake Bay watershed restoration

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have awarded $9.6 million in grants to support the restoration and conservation of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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Tourism

AL - Alabama’s booming beaches lure record traffic, crowds. Is it ‘Worth the Wait’?

On a typical summer Saturday afternoon as beach tourists head north towards home from Gulf Shores or Orange Beach, it’s not uncommon to see Interstate 65 traffic heading into Birmingham backed up as far south as Alabaster, Lee Sentell says.

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Local

NC - Dare commissioners set tax plan for Avon beach project

As part of its 2021-22 fiscal budget, the Dare County Board of Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved the creation two municipal service districts (MSDs) in Avon that will be taxed to help foot the bill of a $12.68 million beach nourishment project that will pump roughly one million cubic yards of sand along 2.5 miles of beach in that community next year.

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Local

NC - Consensus builds for major flood mitigation legislation

A broad array of provisions aimed at flood prevention and resilience continues to move forward in this year’s session of the North Carolina General Assembly.

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Engineering

NC - Island Free Press: Public hearing set for Monday on Avon beach nourishment tax districts

The Dare County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing at 9:00 a.m. on June 7, 2021, to consider the proposed county service districts related to the Avon Beach Nourishment Project.

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Justice

SC - Climate change, coastlands and the most vulnerable who live there

A rising tide might lift all boats, but not everyone fares the same with rising seas.

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Science

LA - NOAA: Average-sized ‘dead zone’ likely off Louisiana

An average “dead zone” is likely in the Gulf of Mexico, where a large area of water holding too little oxygen to keep marine animals alive forms every summer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.

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Federal

NC - North Topsail Beach Awarded $13.69 Million for Beach Restoration After Hurricane Florence

The 2021 Hurricane Season officially begins today, but one local town is getting help for a hurricane that impacted the region three years ago.

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Local

NC - VIDEO: Nags Head Mayor Ben Cahoon update on 2022 beach nourishment, municipal service districts

Town of Nags Head Mayor Ben Cahoon discusses the town’s 2022 beach nourishment project and the creation of additional municipal service districts.

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Science

TEN - Breakdown: Why the Mississippi River constantly erodes its banks

The Mississippi River is remarkable because, every day, almost 20 million people in 50 cities depend on it for their drinking water. The rich soils within its vast watershed produce 90% of our country’s farm exports.

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Property

SC - SC Supreme Court overturns permits in latest battle over Captain Sam's Spit

Plans to build a wall that would eventually allow homes to be built on Captain Sam’s Spit — a teardrop-shaped isthmus at the end of this barrier island — have again been struck down by the S.C. Supreme Court.

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Engineering

NC - New framework in place for beach nourishment on national seashore

Dare County has two major beach nourishment projects under consideration.One is to replenish the beach area in Buxton. The second project is to nourish for the first time a beach area in Avon.

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Local

FL - Pinellas commission blocks developer’s plan for 273 homes on Tides Golf Club

County officials cited the land’s vulnerability to storm surge and flooding. The Tampa-based developer pledges to sue.

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Property

FL - EDITORIAL: Still waiting on answers regarding the Hill Tide Estates beach saga

I realize a lot of you have questions about who owns what land and beach down by Hill Tide Estates. Our story from last week that talked about security cameras and guards saying “none shall pass” along the beach that so many have walked for so long stirred up a lot of talk and, as I said, many questions.

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Federal

NC - Cape Hatteras National Seashore Crafts Beach Nourishment Plan

Turbulent seas long have created problems for Cape Hatteras, a long barrier island off the North Carolina coast that is home to the country's first national seashore. Pounding waves and storm surge related to hurricanes and nor'easters shift beaches around, and even erase them.

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Advocacy

NC - Conservation Corps NC plugs first living shoreline project

About 3,000 salt marsh sea grass plugs were planted recently as part of a large-scale living shoreline project in Bogue Sound by town hall.

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Property

SC - Inconsistent building codes leave some states vulnerable to hurricane damage

A strong building code is critical to reducing the damage and destruction caused by hurricanes each year. On the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) today released the 2021 edition of Rating the States, its signature report evaluating building codes and the administration of code provisions along the hurricane coastline from Texas to Maine.

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Local

SC - McMaster signs bill to boost free parking at SC beaches

Gov. Henry McMaster has signed a bill that would ensure free parking and state control along public roads in beach towns. The bill would allow some paid parking, but requires beach towns to provide some free parking to visitors as well.

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Science

SC - Enabled by NCCOS Response and Training, SC Responds to Cyanobacterial Bloom in Drinking Water Reservoir

A blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) bloom was detected in a reservoir used for drinking water for the City of Charleston, SC. NCCOS sampling, training and support allowed state officials to quickly evaluate the threat of cyanobacterial toxins in the reservoir. State health officials found no toxins after testing the water.

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Advocacy

FL - Manatees are dying in droves this year. The die-offs could spell trouble for Florida

Despite their portly frame and inherent meekness, Florida's manatees are survivors.

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