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US - Feds raise protections for North Atlantic right whales, but sea turtles may suffer

North Atlantic right whales have gained protections and sea turtles are more imperiled under a new federal calendar for harbor dredging that came to light May 14 in a federal lawsuit that seeks to protect sea turtles.

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Tourism

NC - Occupancy tax revenue continues to soar, breaks records in January, February, March

EMERALD ISLE — The boom in tourism and occupancy tax revenue in 2020 continued unabated through the winter quarter of 2021, according to Greg Rudolph, manager of the Carteret County Shore Protection Office.

Mid-Atlantic
Justice

NC - Seeking inclusive strategies to help coastal communities adjust, plan for sea-level rise

Recurring flood damage to homes and powerful storms that threaten infrastructure are realities facing many coastal North Carolina communities.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Cape Hatteras Selects Sediment Management Plan

The National Park Service has selected a plan that provides a streamlined framework for Cape Hatteras National Seashore to manage over the next 20 years activities such as including beach nourishment, dune rebuilding, habitat restoration and emergency breach fill, with conditions.

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Federal

Chesapeake Bay - Governors say a ‘Billion for the Bay’ will help clean up the Chesapeake

Governors from Chesapeake Bay watershed states are urging Congress to spend an additional billion dollars on Bay restoration efforts.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

MD - Chesapeake Bay restoration stumbles in race to finish line

The new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement signed that day laid out 10 broad goals and 31 outcomes, many to be achieved by 2025 or even earlier.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - VIDEO: Third tug sunk at site of new artificial reef off Outer Banks

The Valley Forge, a 108-foot firefighting tugboat, was sunk seven miles southeast of Oregon Inlet on May 6, 2021 to become part of AR-165.

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Advocacy

NJ - Op-Ed: Delaware River pollution should be a national concern

Call for clean water, justice and jobs in environmental justice communities like Camden, Chester, Philadelphia and Wilmington

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Property

VA - Roughly 62% of likely voters consider flooding a serious threat to Virginia’s economy, poll shows

A majority of likely voters view flooding and climate change as serious threats to Virginia and its economy — and want the state to do more to combat the issues, a new poll shows.

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Engineering

NJ - North Wildwood builds a beach one truckload at a time

“There are physical limitations to how much sand you can move by truck,” he said. “We need a beach nourishment project to the tune of a million-plus cubic yards of sand.”

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Energy

US - Biden wants to move energy offshore, but choppy seas ahead

Up and down the East Coast, developers and government agencies are preparing for the massively complex and costly challenge of placing thousands of wind turbines taller than the Washington Monument miles out into the Atlantic.

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Engineering

MD - BOEM, Army Corps, and State of Maryland Enter Agreement for Sand Resources

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District (Corps) and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources have entered into an agreement allowing the Corps to use sand from the Outer Continental Shelf for scheduled beach nourishment as part of its Atlantic Coast of Maryland Shoreline Protection Project.

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Local

NC - NTB Municipal Service Districts Hearing Set

The North Topsail Beach Board of Aldermen want to hear from residents about two proposed municipal service districts on the southernmost end of town related to the town’s beach erosion control and flood and hurricane protection works project.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

US - Military and Government Leaders Recruit Nature to Protect Shoreline

Officials seek to conserve vast area of salt marsh as bulwark against storm surge, erosion, flooding

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Officials Seek Long-Term Plan to Save N.C. 12

As sea levels continue to rise, the most imperiled spot on North Carolina’s vulnerable Outer Banks is likely on Ocracoke Island, where an erosion hot spot threatening its sole highway is past due for a long-term transportation solution, including potentially bypassing the north end of the island.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - FEMA, state approve $5.7 million to cover Buxton dune repairs, sand fences

The State of North Carolina and FEMA have approved $5,782,866 to help Dare County restore the beaches and stabilize the dunes at Buxton that were damaged by Hurricane Florence in 2018.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - $2.2M for Duck (NC) beachfill efforts

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that the Town of Duck will receive $2,229,342 to assist their Hurricane Dorian recovery efforts.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Delaware - It’s the last of the Delaware River’s shad fisheries, and the fish are scarce

For centuries, the shad spawn has been celebrated by Delaware watershed fishermen and -women, from the South Jersey Bayshore all the way up to the confluence of the river’s west and east branches in Hancock, New York, some 200 miles away.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

NC - NC Coastal Federation, partners unveil oyster restoration and protection plan

The N.C. Coastal Federation’s Oyster Restoration and Protection Plan acts as a blueprint for rebuilding and preserving the state’s wild oyster population.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Sand district fees postponed until 2022

By consensus in a special meeting last Thursday, Oak Island Town Council agreed with the recommendation offered by Town Manager David Kelly and has put off assigning fees to four proposed sand benefit districts until at least January 2022.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Help wanted on Outer Banks: Tourists are there — but workers aren’t, businesses say

It’s never easy to find seasonal workers on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where summers can feel like paradise but housing is limited.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

Atlantic - Researchers Reveal Their Technique For Catching Videos Of Elusive Giant Squid

Filming a giant squid video has historically proven to be an unconquerable quest for many a talented underwater camera operator

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Contractor completes Emerald Isle nourishment project, last of post-Florence beach work

Sand pumping from the west met sand pumping from the east Monday morning near Emerald Isle’s Eastern Ocean Regional Access, signaling the end of phase three of the post-Hurricane Florence beach nourishment project.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Drone operators challenge surveyors' turf in mapping dispute

The challenge goes both ways: Surveyors would need Federal Aviation Administration approval to professionally fly drones, and drone operators would need to pass state licensing exams to produce legal surveys.

Mid-Atlantic
Local

NC - Oak Island to stall decision on sand assessments

Oak Island Town Council will instead delay the determination for an estimated nine months.

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