We went from “Cold enough for ya?” to “Windy enough for ya?” Perish the thought of adding “Snowy enough for you yet?” How about “Is this warm weather weird enough for ya?” I’m still banking on some freaky mild spells in December and throughout winter.
VIRGINIA BEACH — Glimpsed from a kayak on West Neck Creek, this swampy piece of land, a pocket of red maple and loblolly pine tucked behind growing subdivisions, doesn’t look like the stuff of existential debate.
SURF CITY — As a strong Nor’easter moves south of the Cape Fear region, the barrier island town of Surf City is left with escarpments along the dunes and recently built berms wiped out from extreme high tides.
Maryland is home for each of us. We know firsthand that the state has some of the best striped bass fishing in the country and our local economy benefits annually with nearly $820 million added to our Gross Domestic Product from striped bass alone. However, both man-made and environmental challenges have hampered the striped bass population from Maine to North Carolina, and it is time to act.
Due to the very hazardous conditions impacting clearing operations and public travel, state transportation officials are closing N.C. 12 from the Marc Basnight Bridge to Rodanthe beginning at 5 p.m. today.
OCRACOKE — On any normal late-fall day, the ferries that ply the 30 miles between Swan Quarter and this barrier island might carry vacationing retirees, sports fishermen and residents enjoying mainland getaways after the busy summer tourist season.
CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. – The Bureau of Land Management has a problem.
The lot size issue in Nags Head has surfaced as Outer Banks communities continue to grapple with how to regulate what are critically referred to as ‘mega-mansions’ along the oceanfront.
The rapid growth of oyster aquaculture in the Chesapeake Bay has raised questions about its effects on water quality, with proponents touting benefits including reduction of water-column nutrients and increased clarity, and other stakeholders pointing to drawbacks such as enrichment of sediment nutrients and altered current patterns.
Lou Browning of Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation has roughly 16 years of experience providing emergency care and treatment for the wild animals who find themselves in trouble on the Outer Banks.
The Chincoteague Town Council voted Monday to increase the transient occupancy tax by 1%, but deferred the increase until January 2021.
Disaster aid legislation is stalled in the North Carolina General Assembly as House and Senate negotiators work through differences in competing versions of the bill.
OCRACOKE, N.C. - On any normal late-fall day, the ferries that ply the 30 miles between Swan Quarter and this barrier island might carry vacationing retirees, sports fishermen and residents enjoying mainland getaways after the busy summer tourist season.
Socioeconomic status and racial diversity affect how different communities adapt to a changing climate
Business interests are pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into a new research institute at Coastal Carolina University to counteract rising criticism of new development along the state’s flood-prone coast.
(Bloomberg) -- Americans took a long time to decide that adaptation to the changing climate was an idea worth exploring. It’s taken only a short time for them to start doing it wrong.
A great many folks, past and present, celebrate year’s end around the holidays with the feasts of Thanksgiving and the joy of giving at Christmas. Then, it is topped off with the late-night parties of New Year’s Eve. The crew of the schooner Ario Pardee certainly must have anticipated this joyous time when they set sail in mid-December of 1884. It would instead be their worst nightmare.
Chronic wasting disease infects most of the striped bass in the Chesapeake
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is often held up as the poster child for ocean pollution. And while the collection of trash collecting in the Pacific Ocean certainly deserves attention, researchers at the University of Delaware are concerned about a smaller source of pollution, much smaller.
RICHMOND, Va. – As Gov. Ralph Northam puts together his budget proposal for the 2020 General Assembly session, groups are urging him to provide money for the Virginia Shoreline Resiliency Fund.
CAMBRIDGE — An island in Somerset County, just south of Dorchester, has been restored in large part by the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), using dredge material. Once in danger of being washed away, the island now has restored land and habitat.
It’s not every day that the names of a major utility and the nation’s largest grassroots environmental organization share space on a banner.
Cape Lookout National Seashore on the Outer Banks is seeing large seashells tumbling ashore, due to strong seasonal wave action off the North Carolina coast. Park visitors report finding more shells than they can carry, and the park service says some of the shells could predate the current incarnation of the constantly shifting barrier islands.
A survey finds many recreational anglers think the Block Island Wind Farm improved fishing by acting as an artificial reef
Leader of Coastal Zone Management Program explains efforts to safeguard, restore vital ecosystems
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Initiative Boosts Restoration and Resilience
The Port of Virginia says that it has received its final federal approval to begin work on its ship-channel deepening-and-widening project. The port has given its contractor notice to proceed, and the staging of heavy equipment needed for the project got underway on Thursday - two and a half years ahead of schedule.
New Approaches, Big Money Put Toward Keeping Streets Dry
BEAUFORT — State lawmakers are in the process of considering a bill that, if approved, would earmark more than $200 million for disaster recovery from every major named storm since 2016. These include hurricanes Matthew, Florence, Dorian and Tropical Storm Michael.
PINE KNOLL SHORES — Although Carteret County occupancy tax revenues were down 14% percent in June and 12% percent in July compared to 2018, August collections were up 16% and county officials are hoping the upward trend will continue when September figures are in.
A war, dozens of treacherous hurricanes and at least one lightning strike have beleaguered Cape Lookout since its lamp was first lit. But it weathered them all. On Friday, the Cape Lookout National Seashore said the famed diamond-patterned lighthouse is celebrating its 160th birthday with a day of free climbs.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has developed a new conservation tool to identify opportunities for the beneficial use of clean dredged sediments. Beneficial Use – Identifying Locations for Dredge (BUILD) is a mapping tool that will support the state’s Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts, protect infrastructure and investment, and enhance coastal resiliency.
DORCHESTER COUNTY/NECK DISTRICT — Days after the highest tides in years cut off access to many homes along Twin Point Cove, about 12 miles west of Cambridge, residents sat down with County officials to discuss ongoing efforts to get state and federal help to combat future flooding and shoreline erosion.
Beach lovers visit eastern Sussex County for the ocean, and a pristine view to the horizon is critical to beach enjoyment. In many ways, the view to the horizon would be recognized by Native Americans who fished on the beach a thousand years ago. We are about to lose that horizon view while no one is paying attention.
“If their (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) mission is to protect fish and wildlife, they are failing miserably,” Mayor Patrick Rosenello said Oct. 15.
The next five-year update to the state’s 2010 sea level rise assessment report will look all the way out to 2100, the science advisory panel to the state Coastal Resources Commission decided during its Oct. 18 meeting.
Several environmental groups announced Monday morning that they will file a lawsuit against the company which was cited when plastic pellets washed up on Sullivan’s Island this past summer.
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A consultancy firm is in the final stages of helping the island town draft an updated land use plan to meet state requirements and better prepare it for intensifying storms and rising sea levels.
Ryan Hoover teaches sculpture making at the Maryland Institute College of Art. So, why is he developing a product that could help oysters grow in the Chesapeake Bay?
Seven years ago this month, Hurricane Sandy pummeled the East Coast of the United States, killing more than 150 people and causing about $70 billion in damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure.
A barrier on the Outer Banks that was strengthened to keep wild horses out of traffic is having an unexpected consequence: killing fish by the dozens at high tide.
The nor’easter that churned off the East Coast last week showed just how vulnerable Delaware’s beaches can be, as several coastal communities faced flooding conditions as ocean waters breached sand dunes.
RALEIGH - Coastal communities are no strangers to the heavy winds and the massive storm surges hurricanes bring. Hurricane Dorian was no different when it hammered North Carolina's barrier islands at the start of September.
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