Mid-Atlantic
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Property

NC - Grant Funds Available for Home Elevation

ATLANTIC BEACH, NC (WNCT) – A project is concerned with rainwater pollution and flooding in a coastal city.Homeowners in Hyde County can apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency funding to elevate their homes.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Kitty Hawk agrees to proposal for post-Dorian beach survey and analysis

Kitty Hawk town council members met on Monday, Jan. 6. Their agenda included an agreement with APTIM regarding a post-hurricane beach profile survey and a discussion of the newly planned library for Southern Shores.

Mid-Atlantic
Local

NC - Shifting Sands: Using Taxes to Build the Best Beaches, with Megan Mullin

Resources Radio: This week, host Daniel Raimi talks with Megan Mullin, an associate professor of environmental politics at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Mullin talks about her research, which analyzes how communities pay to rehabilitate beaches affected by erosion and how differential tax rates can affect levels of support for these beach nourishment projects.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

VA - Lawmakers push for federal study to include sea-level rise in Hampton Roads

WASHINGTON, DC (WAVY) — Two U.S. senators and one House representative from Virginia are pushing for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to include sea-level rise in its Fiscal Year 2020 Work Plan.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

NC - Rule Change May Threaten Coastal Areas

The U.S. Department of Interior Secretary’s reversal of a rule that limited where sand within federally restricted coastal zones may be placed is a change that makes good economic sense, proponents say, but one that environmentalists say is a step backward in protecting sensitive coastal resources.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

VA - Here’s why the sand at Buckroe Beach is darker and littered

Hampton’s Public Works Department saved taxpayers more than $100,000 by replenishing Buckroe Beach with dredged sand from Indian Creek…but not all were impressed.

Mid-Atlantic
Recreation

NC - Coastal Studies Institute’s ‘Science on the Sound’ explores Outer Banks at turn of the 20th century

ECU Integrated Coastal Programs and the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) are hosting a lecture on the Outer Banks at the turn of the 20th century as part of its “Science on the Sound” lecture series.

Mid-Atlantic
Local

NC - NC Climate Change Council to Meet Jan. 22

The North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies is slated to present information on its climate science report when the state Climate Change Interagency Council meets Jan. 22 in Raleigh

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

MD - Maryland needs bold leadership to save the rockfish and the oyster. We’re still waiting.

Presented with evidence that the striped bass population is struggling along the East Coast, a regional panel empowered to set catch limits reduced the harvest 18 percent for the coming season.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Bogue Banks Project ‘A Go’ for February

EMERALD ISLE — Bogue Banks’ next beach nourishment project is ready to roll, with dredging and pumping of sand set to begin the first week of February, a little earlier than originally planned.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces additional $281.5 million for Resiliency Projects in NC

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced that they will use an estimated $281.5 million provided in the Construction account to construct two flood and storm damage reduction projects in North Carolina – Surf City and North Topsail Beach, North Carolina, and Carteret County (Bogue Banks).

Southeast
Science

FL - New study reveals international movements of Atlantic tarpon, need for protection

The results of an 18-year study of Atlantic tarpon by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science revealed that these large silvery fish take extensive seasonal migrations--1,000s of kilometers in distance--beyond U.S. borders. The new findings can help protect the fish, which is listed as vulnerable by the IUCN--International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the main draw of a more than $6 billion catch-and-release sport fishing industry in the United States.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - There’s never been federal funding available for these 2 NC beaches. Until now.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will use money from a disaster bill to provide long-awaited federal funding for a pair of North Carolina beach nourishment projects, according to a release from U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

NC - Sandy Bottom wetlands to receive protection for 'national ecological significance'

Do the thousands of drivers who zip down N.C. 191 through Bent Creek each day know they are passing through one of the rarest habitats in the state, and possibly the country?

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - High Tides, Rising Sea Levels Worry Coastal NC Residents

Coastal towns braced for the first high tide of the year this past weekend, and many small-business owners say they have adapted to what is becoming the "new norm" of increased flooding during high tides and more frequent extreme weather due to climate change.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

NC - OBX Surfrider leaders seek changing of the guard

After 15 years in leadership roles in the Outer Banks Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, Matt Walker and Ivy Ingram are stepping down from their positions as co-chairs.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

NC - Insurance rates at N.C. coast soar again. Is the system broken?

State approves deal that likely will see wind-coverage premiums jump 10% for non-owner-occupied residences near coast. Homeowner policies already have increased.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Beach project is a 'go' for first week of February

EMERALD ISLE — Bogue Banks’ next beach nourishment project is ready to roll, with dredging and pumping of sand set to begin the first week of February, a little earlier than originally planned.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

NC - Strange history of stuff that's washed up on the Outer Banks

NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) — From a bagged body to unexploded ordnance to parts of a spaceship, almost anything could show up on an Outer Banks beach.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

VA - Siemens-Gamesa Bags Deal for Mammoth 2.64-GW Virginia Offshore Wind Project

Dominion Energy’s proposed 2.64-GW Virginia Offshore Wind project—the world’s largest single offshore wind project proposed to date—will likely feature turbines supplied by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE).

Mid-Atlantic
Science

NC - Coastal Research: One Town’s Septic Risks

University of North Carolina undergraduates at coastal campuses spent the fall semester undertaking projects to answer pressing environmental questions, making their capstone presentations in December. This is the first of two reports stemming from presentations on water quality.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

Dominion chooses turbine supplier for $7.8B offshore wind farm

Spanish engineering firm Siemens Gamesa will supply the 600-foot-tall turbines. The 6-megawatt turbines will be 600 feet tall when measured from the ocean’s surface to the tip of the top blade — or taller than the Washington Monument.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

NC - NOAA Researchers Study How Fish Use Artificial Reefs

Shipwrecks and rocky reefs off the coast of North Carolina are home to many commercially and recreationally important fish species. Scientists with NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science are researching how and when fish use these artificial and natural reefs.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

SC - Charleston students to collect data for climate study thanks to grant

Students at two Charleston County elementary schools will have the opportunity to collect data and help scientists at NASA and NOAA who are analyzing data for an international climate change study.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - State Prioritizes Resiliency, Mitigation in 2019

On the first Saturday afternoon in September, crews were cutting their way through broken pines and restringing the electric lines leading to Dare County Regional Airport on the northern end of Roanoke Island.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

VA - Coastal Virginia Rises to the Challenge of Climate Change

With sea level rise becoming a growing threat to Virginia’s coastal communities, activists want to see greater action — and more funding — for programs intended to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

VA - Nonprofit organization works to restore local waterway

The Back Bay Restoration Foundation was founded 33 years ago amidst concerns that the watershed was deteriorating.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

VA - New Fishing Decision Called Environmental Victory for Chesapeake Bay

Last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce ordered Virginia’s menhaden fishery in the Chesapeake Bay, the largest on the East Coast, to close down because a fish-oil company exceeded the fishing limit enforced by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

SC - Lawsuit filed in Charleston on behalf of dredge vessel drowning victim

The estate of a man who drowned when the dredge support vessel he was operating capsized in Charleston Harbor is suing the company that owned the boat.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Chesapeake Bay Oysters Get More Attention at Pivotal Time

Robert T. Brown pulled an oyster shell from a pile freshly harvested by a dredger from the Chesapeake Bay and talked enthusiastically about the larvae attached — a sign of a future generation critical to the health of the nation’s largest estuary.

Mid-Atlantic
Local

NJ - Belmar Adds to Beachscape with Dune Planting Between 14th and 15th Avenues

A third dune planting has been completed along the Belmar beachfront — this time between 14th and 15th Avenues, just steps from the boardwalk.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

Surfrider Foundation teams up once again with Carolina Beach to rebuild dunes with Christmas Trees

The Cape Fear Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has partnered once again with the Town of Carolina Beach in their annual effort to help rebuild the dunes.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

MD: Previously private portion of Beverly Beach to open to the public on Jan. 1

At the end of the year a lease between the Beverly Beach Community Association and Anne Arundel County will end and about 7 acres of bayside land will be open to the public again, after more than three decades as private property.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

A Brief History of Sea Level Rise in North Carolina

The story of accelerating sea level rise and its human impact unfolds on the most recent edge of a 200-million-year-old timeline. The longer tale begins with the birth of the Atlantic ocean, and it includes a record of how people have responded to the encroaching water for centuries.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

Project to improve reliability of electric service to Ocracoke Island begins in January

Cape Hatteras National Seashore has issued a special use permit to Tideland Electric Membership Corporation for a project that will improve the reliability of electric service to Ocracoke Island by replacing an overhead pole line with an underground cable along Pole Road in Hatteras. The project is expected to begin in January 2020.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

Topsail Beach, Holden Beach receive more storm restoration funding

The State of North Carolina and FEMA on Wednesday announced more than $30 million total headed to Southeastern North Carolina beach towns from hurricane- and storm-related damage.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

NC: DMF Hears from the Public on Southern Flounder in Heated Scoping Meeting

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) collected public comments and feedback at a heated scoping meeting in Manteo on Tuesday night as part of their long-term process to create management strategies for the upcoming Amendment 3 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NJ: DEP Study Predicts Dramatic Sea Level Rise Along Jersey Shore

A new study from the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection projects seas could rise from 2000 levels by up to 1.1 feet by 2030, 2.1 feet by 2050 and 6.3 feet by 2100 in New Jersey, emphasizing the urgency of adaptation work to make the state more resistant to climate change effects. The accompanying report shows New Jersey has already been disproportionately affected by climate change, with sea level rise projections more than two times the global average.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

Historic U.S. Towns Endured Wars, Storms. What About Sea Level Rise?

Historic cities and towns along the Southeastern U.S. coast have survived wars, hurricanes, disease outbreaks and other calamities, but now that sea levels are creeping up with no sign of stopping, they face a more existential crisis.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

Living Shoreline Cost Depends on Site, Size

Typically, once a landowner learns about living shorelines, one of the first questions is “How much does it cost?” Cost is the question that dominates the living shoreline conversation. The answer isn’t all that straightforward.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Hopes for adding sand at Oak Island are dashed

Barring a last-minute, dramatic change, hopes for adding sand to parts of Oak Island’s beach are dashed for this winter season.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

VA - Gov. Northam proposes $733 million for environmental quality, renewable energy

Gov. Ralph Northam is calling for $733 million in spending on environmental quality and renewable energy, including heavy investments in Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

MD - A Town Moves Forward After Two 'Thousand-Year' Storms

After two historic floods in less than two years, officials in Ellicott City, Maryland, are putting their hopes in a long-term rebuilding plan that officials say aims to balance recovery and resiliency with historic preservation.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

MD: Oyster farms make slight improvement in water quality

Researchers found clearer water right next to aquaculture, but had hard time quantifying changes farther awa

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

NC - FEMA Awards $54.9 M in Grants to Emerald Isle and Holden Beach

North Carolina and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials announced Thursday more than $54.9 million in hurricane- and tropical storm-related public assistance grants have been approved for Emerald Isle and Holden Beach.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Currituck Marsh Focus for Resilience Project

COROLLA – Marshlands surrounding the Currituck Sound have been eroding away. They’ve been invaded by weeds that choke out native plants. They’ve been drowned by floodwaters, marinated in pollutants and withered by saltwater.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Pole Road Project to Improve Electric Service to Ocracoke Island Begins in January 2020

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore has issued a Special Use Permit to Tideland Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) for a project that will improve the reliability of electric service to Ocracoke Island by replacing an overhead pole line with an underground cable along Pole Road in Hatteras, North Carolina. The project is expected to begin in January 2020.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

Clock ticking for northern right whale

A migrating whale that cruises through South Carolina waters is being killed at 10 times the rate its population can sustain, largely due to vessel-strikes and commercial fishery entanglements, experts say.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - County to consider $6.5 million contract to dredge Mason Inlet, sand will be sold to Figure Eight for beaches

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — For nearly 20 years New Hanover County and the Mason Inlet Preservation Group (MIPG) have managed the Mason Inlet dredging and once again a project is in the works.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - “The waves have washed away all the dunes": Avon, N.C., seeking fix for eroding shoreline

A new study will examine the cost and scope of rebuilding the beach at Avon, yet another Outer Banks community struggling with shrinking shorelines and surf pounding at the doorsteps.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

NC - Sea Grant Calls for Research Grant Proposals

Proposals for North Carolina Sea Grant’s Community Collaborative Research Grant program are being accepted now through Jan. 20, 2020.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Shrimping has begun off the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Maryland could be next.

White shrimp are being pulled by the thousands from the water off the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

Port of Virginia dredging project starts

Dredging began this week and will widen the port's main shipping channel to more than 1,400 ft and deepen it to 55 ft, improvements that will allow the simultaneous passage of two, ultra-large box ships

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

Virginia Beach Dredging Kicks Off

The Virginia Beach Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project, a joint effort by the city of Virginia Beach and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Norfolk District, is slated to begin this week.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

For Chesapeake oysters, the way forward leads back… through the fossil record

Oysters once dominated the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, and it would be difficult, if not impossible, for the Bay to return to full ecological health without restoring Crassostrea virginica to its glory days as the Chesapeake’s apex filterer.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

Northam Approves Grant to DGIF to Fund Eastern Shore Forest Conservation Initiative

Governor Northam has approved a $292,287 grant to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to fund the Eastern Shore Forest Conservation Initiative. The initiative will help the DGIF to acquire and improve forestland. This proposed multi-tract fee-simple acquisition presents the opportunity to expand existing Wildlife Management Areas, facilitate natural marsh migration, support coastal resiliency, provide new public lands for wildlife-related recreation, and improve habitat for migratory birds and species of greatest conservation need in an area of hemispheric importance.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Dare Board okays up to $250000 for Avon beach nourishment study

At the end of the Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting on November 4, the BOC agreed to allocate up to $250,000 from the Beach Nourishment Fund to pay for an upcoming study to examine the details and costs of initiating a beach nourishment project in Avon.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Pender beaches look to rebound

Mid-November storm caused significant erosion, but officials say Mother Nature, nourishment projects should help rebuild the beaches

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Va. Gov. Northam Calls on Feds to Halt Menhaden Harvest

The governor of Virginia is calling on the U.S. chief of commerce to stop all menhaden fishing in his state, in order to punish fish-oil producer Omega Protein for taking too much menhaden from the Bay.

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