The eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) is an important proxy for examining historical trajectories of coastal ecosystems.
From Virginia to New York, residents of the Chesapeake Bay watershed were hit with a deluge of water in mid-July 2018.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, in partnership with the Virginia Resources Authority, has closed a loan with Hampton Roads Sanitation District to finance $100 million of their Capital Improvement Plan and Sustainable Water Infrastructure for Tomorrow (SWIFT) Program.
President Trump‘s order calling for agencies to use emergency powers to speed environmental review and permitting could fast-track Wilmington port project.
As if the post-traumatic stressed public doesn’t have enough threats to obsess about and agonize over, we are now informed Virginia’s world-class bass fisheries are under attack.
RALEIGH — State officials are looking into appealing to a federal court the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s decision to allow seismic surveying off the North Carolina coast.
NAGS HEAD, N.C. -- Congress is considering a bill that would provide funding to coastal communities for investment in ocean and coastal-habitat restoration.
Projects Funded Statewide for Improved Boating Access, Navigation, and Safety.
Cara Ellen Modisett fields the usual battery of questions every time she visits the doctor: Is she feeling well? Did she travel abroad? Has she been in contact with someone known to have the coronavirus?
BOGUE BANKS — State officials in early June completed a plan to improve resilience to severe weather and other climate stressors coastal communities have long experienced.
The $8 billion, 600-mile long Atlantic Coast Pipeline is dead.
Thousands of addresses in Beaufort County have been removed from the flood plain under new federal flood maps that went into effect earlier this month, but local officials are urging residents to consider their situation carefully before dropping their flood insurance.
The Carteret County Beach Commission should resist taking an apparent $44 million windfall from the Army Corps of Engineers as part of a proposed a long term beach nourishment program. It has liabilities that will wash out many of the possible benefits and in the process restrain local control of beach management.
State Senator Lynwood Lewis discusses preparing for floods in the commonwealth—and how new funding will help
EMERALD ISLE — It’s been about two months since the last Bogue Banks beach renourishment project ended April 29, but Carteret County officials are moving to go out for bids for the third phase of what’s known as the post-Hurricane Florence project.
The Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, or APNEP, is partnering with the state Commission of Indian Affairs, or NCCIA, to support tribal communities in the Albemarle-Pamlico watershed in considering climate resilience during community planning.
NThe C Coastal Review Online is examining how attitudes toward climate science in eastern North Carolina have changed during the past decade. Here is the entire series, "Changing Minds On Climate Science,"to date:
Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled plans Tuesday for a massive South Jersey wind energy project he said would create thousands of jobs, produce millions in investment and position New Jersey as a leader in the green energy industry.
Oil & gas development on Atlantic seaboard remains a battle
EMERALD ISLE — The Carteret County Beach Commission got a briefing Monday on the pros and cons of proceeding with a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 50-year master plan for Bogue Banks beach nourishment, but made no decision and willconsult with officials in the towns on the island.
Rising seas and worsening flooding are forcing many communities to plan their retreat from the coasts
Dominion Energy and offshore wind developer Ørsted have installed the first two wind turbines on a federal lease, a milestone in what backers hope is a first step toward arrays off Virginia producing up to 2.6 gigawatts of power.
In North Wildwood, a bad storm often spells beach destruction — large chunks of sand claimed by the ocean, reshaping the tourist town’s shoreline.
Virginia-based DLBA Naval Architects has developed a concept Service Accommodation and Transfer Vessel (SATV) for the US offshore wind market.
Since Superstorm Sandy devastated communities all over the state, storm resilience and shoreline restoration have become top priorities for shore towns and low-lying areas. But this process is difficult, largely because of limited resources and varying landscape challenges. Municipalities have to weigh parallel goals of repairing damage from past storms and strengthening infrastructure for future disasters, almost always with significant budget restrictions. It is not unheard of for a storm resiliency project to employ more short-term solutions due to financial constraints, even if doing so leads to greater damages and costs down the line. Meanwhile, the most efficient solutions may be untenable because of the physical setting limitations of a given town or city.
Ørsted manages the first offshore wind farm in the United States, which includes five turbines about four miles off Block Island, Rhode Island seen here. The same company is looking to develop 12 turbines as a Maryland project, about 19 miles off Bethany Beach. | PHOTO C/O BLOCK ISLAND TIMES
BOEM's supplement to the environmental impact statement for 800MW wind farm described as both positive and negative
Buffeted by breaking waves and a brisk ocean breeze, the town of Rodanthe balances on a precarious shard of land along the Outer Banks. From here, the eastern-most point in North Carolina, it is less than 45 miles to an expanse of the sea where energy corporations plan to puncture the ocean bed in search of oil and gas.
After many months of discussion, the Southern Shores Town Council unanimously decided to pursue a beach nourishment project at their meeting on June 16.
A recent report titled “North Carolina Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan” offered bleak news.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — As sea level rise has threatened homes and businesses in cities around the country, the philosophy has shifted from fighting the water to either living with it or retreating.
U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Orlando wants the federal government to start the hurricane season a couple of weeks earlier.
In Virginia Beach, sea level rise is a real and existential threat and the City of Virginia Beach is doing a lot to address it. However, city staff have steered clear of what most experts say is causing the tides to creep higher and higher. By design, they rarely, if ever, utter the words “climate change” — and they specifically avoid attributing any such change directly to humans.
North Carolina’s objection to WesternGeco’s proposed Bureau of Ocean Energy Management permit to conduct a geological and geophysical seismic survey for oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf has been overridden.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has awarded $9.5 million in America’s Marine Highway Program grants to eight projects.
Two of the four Dare County municipalities that are expected to partner on a 2022 beach nourishment project have given the green light for the Coastal Protection Engineering of North Carolina, Inc. to move forward with the critical design and permitting steps needed prior bidding and construction of the project.
Last year a federal court judge granted a motion to dismiss filed by the Town of Wrightsville Beach in the lawsuit brought against the town by a jet ski rental company.
When it comes to the type of guidance he wants from Gov. Phil Murphy about beach operations in the time of coronavirus, Lavallette Mayor Walter LaCicero is pretty clear: As little as possible.
“I’ve told people that money is earmarked for the beach, our most important resource,” Mr. Johnson said. “We need to maintain this for beach uses. We’ve told citizens we need to build up our (beach fund) reserves, and now we’re taking the majority for regular operating expenses (in the draft budget). It’s literally robbing Peter to pay Paul to take money from those funds for something else.”
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has been granted permission to use oversized sandbags to expedite construction of its temporary erosion control structure alongside a portion of N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island.
Room occupancy tax numbers in the Wilmington area sank in April, as expected, because of measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today it has reached its cap of 17,000 Delaware surf-fishing permits issued for the calendar year. With the cap figure attained, no more surf tag permits will be issued until December.
The Port of Baltimore will be continuing its expansion in 2020 under new leadership and with new operations.
The type of water being worked in and gear used by commercial fishermen determines specific features built into workboats. This is evident in Virginia. where Jennings Boatyard in Reedville, Va., launched in April its fourth garvey for the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster cage aquaculture fishery.
Tekmar Energy’s TekLink cable protection systems have been installed on the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project (CVOW), the UK-based company said.
On April 13, in the middle of a pandemic, a storm with wind gusts up to 75 mph ravaged the Hampton Roads coastal region of Virginia. From downed trees to lost power, damage abounded. As sea levels rise, storm surges are slated to get worse.
Despite having fewer days to work, Maryland watermen harvested nearly twice as many wild oysters last season as they did the previous year, state officials report. Even so, a new study finds the state’s population of bivalves is in much better shape now than it was two years ago, with abundance up and overfishing down.
State Senator Stephanie Hansen (D-Middletown) wetlands protections bill would amend Delaware’s Wetlands Act mirroring rules found in the Clean Water Act of 1972 and Obama-era regulations in the 2015 Clean Water Rule.
One Jersey Shore town’s work on a boardwalk entertainment complex and other beachfront improvements is a threat to public safety and breaks environmental rules, the state announced on Saturday.
SPI Pharma has applied for reissuance of a permit that allows the Lewes-based production facility to discharge treated process wastewater into the Delaware Bay and stormwater in the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal.
Robin Rokobauer doesn't like to chance it. When there's a hurricane, she almost always evacuates.
Deadline for submitting comments is June 12
DNREC officials have closed Herring Point to surfing and swimming Thursday afternoon until further notice following a biting incident reported just before 1 p.m. Beach goers are also restricted to knee-deep waters around the Cape Henlopen bathhouse.
A high risk of rip currents is in effect for beaches south of Cape Hatteras, while a moderate threat of rip currents is forecasted for northern Hatteras Island beaches, per a Wednesday morning update from the National Weather Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City office.
June 1 is the start of hurricane season in the Atlantic, and with 2020 predicted to be particularly active, residents in coastal regions are keeping watchful eyes on the weather. Flooding is often the most damaging effect of tropical storms, and it can disproportionately affect vulnerable people and ecosystems. Now, in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology, researchers study water quality impacts of two recent hurricanes in North Carolina and suggest interventions to protect susceptible areas.
With the Atlantic hurricane season set to begin June 1, NC Coastal Review Online is examining how attitudes toward climate science in eastern North Carolina have changed during the past decade.
Earlier this month, the Maryland Watermen’s Association signed onto a notice of intent with Chesapeake Bay Foundation to potentially file a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to do what is required under the Clean Water Act and Chesapeake Bay Agreement.
Scientists gather around a conductivity, temperature, depth (CTD) rosette, a machine used during the West Coast Ocean Acidification Cruise, to collect samples that measure concentrations of oxygen, pH, and carbon, salinity, chlorophyll and nutrients. Credit: University of Delaware
Robin Rokobauer doesn't like to chance it. When there's a hurricane, she almost always evacuates.
As hurricane season begins, N.C. 12 might be the most vulnerable road in the state. And one of the most crucial to a local economy.