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Engineering

NC - NC Coastal Federation announces statewide stormwater plan

NEWPORT — A Carteret County-based environmental nonprofit has released a statewide plan to address stormwater flooding through nature-based projects and practices.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

SC - SC office was supposed to fund flood projects, but Gov. McMaster didn't ask for money

COLUMBIA — S.C. House lawmakers are deciding this week how to pay for a new state office that will tackle the effects of extreme weather.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach nourishment projects progress simultaneously

EMERALD ISLE — After several delays, the 2-million-cubic-yard Emerald Isle beach nourishment project got underway late Friday afternoon.

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Fisheries

SC - Great white sharks feed on dead whale off Myrtle Beach coast; expert critical of fishermen

MYRTLE BEACH — As “Cottontail,” a deceased North Atlantic right whale, drifts some 15 miles off the coast of Myrtle Beach, images of great white sharks circling and feeding on it should come as no surprise — it’s simply part of the ecosystem that is usually out of sight.

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Tourism

NC - Cape Hatteras National Seashore Breaks All-Time January Visitation Record

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) and Wright Brothers National Memorial had the highest levels of visitation in January 2021 than any other January on record.

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Property

MD - Naval Academy Increasingly Affected by Rising Tides, Superintendent Says

WASHINGTON — The waterfront of the U.S. Naval Academy is more frequently being affected by rising sea levels, the academy’s superintendent said.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - USACE: Deep Draft Environmental Assessment released

The Army Corps of Engineers’ Wilmington District has published its final environmental review required for the elimination of the environmental window for dredging the harbors at the state’s two seaports.

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Engineering

NC - Public meeting addresses Avon beach nourishment

On Wednesday evening, Feb. 24, Dare County held an online public meeting about beach nourishment for Avon.

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Local

NC - Whitehead to Lead ODU Climate Program

Jessica Whitehead, formerly chief resilience officer for North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency, is now the Joan P. Brock Endowed executive director of the Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience, or ICAR, at Old Dominion University, the university announced Thursday.

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Property

SC - Beaufort County’s flood risks could cause insurance rates to skyrocket, study shows

More than 70,000 Beaufort County homes are likely to experience some form of damage due to flooding over the next 30 years, which could cause insurance rates to skyrocket, according to a nationwide study released this week.

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Energy

MD - Diane Butler: Left with no choice, Annapolis was right to sue oil companies over climate change | COMMENTARY

Mayor Gavin Buckley announced last week that the City of Annapolis was suing 26 oil and gas companies for damages the city has and will continue to incur due to climate change. The mayor had no other choice but to sue.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Scramble On For New Hanover Sand Money

More than a month has passed since New Hanover County’s beach towns were shocked to learn their longstanding shoreline maintenance projects did not receive federal funding, leaving them in a scramble to figure out how they may move forward with nourishing the beaches this fall.

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Energy

VA - Dominion plans to build nearly 200 giant wind turbines off Virginia. But getting that energy into the grid won’t be easy.

The 188 giant wind turbines that Dominion Energy plans to plant 27 miles off the Virginia Beach shore will be the utility’s biggest project since its nuclear plants went online in the 1970s — but all that energy won’t do much good if it doesn’t reach customers, says Kevin Curtis, the company’s vice president-electric transmission.

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Property

SC - Homes flooded as Intracoastal Waterway still rising near Myrtle Beach

SOCASTEE, S.C. (WBTW) — Residents along Folly Road in Socastee are dealing with major flood levels as the Intracoastal Waterway reaches 18.1 feet.

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Property

NC - Home demolitions help with flooding in Pender, Brunswick counties

Flooding is not uncommon in coastal North Carolina following heavy rains and hurricanes.

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Fisheries

USA - Continued warming of Atlantic coastal waters may enhance the spread of invasive blue catfish

A new study by researchers at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science suggests that continued warming of Atlantic coastal waters may enhance the spread of invasive blue catfish within the Chesapeake Bay and other estuaries along the U.S. East Coast.

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Tourism

NC - Oak Island becomes latest beach town to discuss paid parking

As locals and tourists head to some Wilmington-area beaches this summer, they will be paying for parking for the first time.

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Waterways

SC - Editorial: South Carolina’s investment of $550M for the port could be a good bet

It’s laudable that South Carolina lawmakers are scrutinizing the State Ports Authority’s request to borrow up to $550 million to make upgrades to the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal taking shape along North Charleston’s waterfront. As one of the state’s largest public investments in recent years, it merits close examination.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Additional Details and Lots of Questions Arise at Avon Beach Nourishment Public Meeting

Dare County Manager Bobby Outten provided more information on the upcoming details of the Avon Beach Nourishment project, and fielded dozens of questions from property owners, at a virtual public meeting held on Wednesday evening, February 24.

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Engineering

NC - Atlantic Beach Council Signs off on Draft Restoration and Resiliency Plan

ATLANTIC BEACH — Town officials have agreed to a draft plan for protecting and restoring water quality and reducing stormwater runoff, and the plan now goes to state officials for approval.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Crews Set to Start on Beach Nourishment Project in Emerald Isle Thursday

After numerous delays because of coronavirus pandemic-related issues with the crews of the contractor, the massive Emerald Isle beach nourishment project is scheduled to begin Thursday.

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Property

VA - Stormwater Utility Fee Doubling Approved In Alexandria

The stormwater utility fee increase is expected to generate more funds to address stormwater capacity amid recent flooding issues.

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Energy

MD - K2 Management Wins Offshore Wind Contract in Maryland

K2 Management has been appointed owner’s engineer on US Wind’s offshore wind project in Maryland.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Beach Towns Scramble to Find Federal Funds After Beach Nourishment Money Disappears

SOUTHEASTERN NC — Three beach towns are searching for answers after funding for beach nourishment projects disappeared a month ago.

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Engineering

SC - Editorial: Keep Planning for a Wall Around Charleston as City Keeps Searching for Money

Charleston’s peninsula needs a wall. Exactly what it should look like, where it should be placed, how much it costs, how that bill will be paid and how the city will meet its other flooding challenges remain very open questions.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

NC - North Carolina's Seagrass Habitat Is Declining, State-Federal Partnership Data Show

The Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership (APNEP) has published a report showing a net loss in the extent of high-salinity submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) habitat in North Carolina’s sounds between 2006 and 2013. Also known as seagrass or underwater grasses, this valuable natural resource improves water quality, decreases shoreline erosion, and is an essential habitat for many fishery and wildlife species.

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Tourism

NC - Emerald Isle Announce Changes for Paid Beach Parking Coming This Summer

Another coastal town is making changes towards public parking for beach access beginning this year as residents in surrounding towns are not happy about it.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Avon Beach Nourishment FAQs – What to Know Ahead of the Feb. 24 Public Meeting

Dare County will hold a virtual public meeting to discuss the proposed beach nourishment project for Avon on Wednesday, February 24, at 6:00 p.m.

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Engineering

USA - Editorial: Beach Renourishment Projects Show Need for Climate Action

This year, the big beach replenishment project will be along the Outer Banks in North Carolina’s Dare County.

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Tourism

NC - Emerald Isle Board Agrees to Private Management of Beach Access Parking Lots

EMERALD ISLE — Town commissioners Monday agreed by consensus to implement private parking management at the two major beach accesses this spring, charging hourly rates instead of a flat fee of $10 per day.

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Tourism

NC - Room Occupancy Tax Number 'a Bit Surprising' That It Wasn't Worse

The room occupancy tax total in New Hanover County fell 14.5% in 2020 compared to 2019, according to local tourism officials.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

MD - Rising waters could mean disaster for Chesapeake

This USA Today Network special report explores solutions to deep threats that flow through New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland as the Susquehanna River feeds the Chesapeake Bay — with life and death.

Mid-Atlantic
Local

NC - Southern Shores moves closer to adopting municipal service districts to fund beach nourishment

The Southern Shores Town Council continued the discussion Tuesday evening, February 2 for funding the beach nourishment project through establishing municipal service districts (MSDs). The council also approved a motion to receive bids for Sea Oats Trail road improvement.

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