Mid-Atlantic
Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Suspicious military device washes up on Outer Banks beach. It won't explode, cops say

An intimidating device that looks exactly like a naval mine came ashore on the Outer Banks, alarming people in the small town of Kill Devil Hills.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Beach rentals evaporate amid coronavirus pandemic

If you were thinking about riding out the coronavirus pandemic at the beach, think again – unless you already own oceanfront property.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

DE - Dune and berm plan at Delaware beaches clears hurdle

Lt. General Todd Semonite of the Army Corps of Engineers recently signed off on the plan that would place dredged material from the Delaware River and Bay at Bowers Beach, Slaughter Beach, Prime Hook Beach and Lewes Beach.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

NC - Marine Fisheries Commission reopens application period for advisory committees

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission has reopened the application period for its two regional committees. In this extended period, the commission is chiefly seeking more applicants to fill the commercial fishing seats on the committees.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - $22 Million for Coastal Projects in North Carolina

The N.C. Division of Water Resources has awarded $22 million to 13 coastal towns and counties to help with recovery efforts following Hurricane Florence.

Mid-Atlantic
Recreation

NJ - Gov. Murphy Gives Towns OK to Limit Access to Beaches, Boardwalks

Gov. Phil Murphy clarified in a new administrative order that shore towns may impose additional restrictions on beach and boardwalk access in order to ensure social distancing in response to the coronavirus.

Mid-Atlantic
Local

NC - Tempers flare on Carolina Beach’s Town Council

The Town of Carolina Beach, like virtually everywhere else in the world, is trying to figure out the best way to deal with the novel coronavirus crisis. As with any elected board, there are bound to be personality clashes between members and on the north end of Pleasure Island, things have come to a head this past week.

Northeast
Energy

NE - US offshore wind industry has ‘advanced rapidly,’ says BOEM chief

Power from offshore wind energy will become an important and growing part of the US power supply going forward, and the US BOEM is doing everything it can to support that market with greater regulatory transparency, flexibility, and predictability.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NJ - Jersey Shore town bans rentals, closes boardwalk during coronavirus pandemic

Point Pleasant Beach has temporarily closed its boardwalk and plans to ban rentals in the borough until the worsening coronavirus pandemic in New Jersey is brought under control, the mayor said Tuesday.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

NC - New Oyster Rules Aim to Reduce Vibrio Cases

The state is putting new measures into effect this spring to reduce people’s chances of getting sick from consuming oysters.

Mid-Atlantic
Local

NC - Surf City to landlords: Have short-term renters leave, 90 day pause on new rentals

The Town of Surf City will be implementing additional measures Monday afternoon regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

NC - Climate Change Is Killing East Coast Forests

As the salty Atlantic Ocean pushes farther inland, forests are turning to marsh. Some scientists want to speed the transition.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

Charleston SC island restoration shows signs of life for bird rookery

DRUM ISLAND — A great egret pops its head out of the new marsh below the massive pylons of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - New dredge to arrive, beach project could possibly finish early

PINE KNOLL SHORES — TheEllis Island, the largest hopper dredge in the United States, is scheduled to join the Bogue Banks beach nourishment project Thursday, and the smaller dredge, the Liberty Island, might stay on the job in an effort to hasten completion.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

SC - Editorial: Politics tipped the scientific scales at NOAA

The Southern Environmental Law Center has uncovered evidence of political interference in a scientific opinion regarding right whales that could make it easier for companies to explore for oil and gas off the South Carolina coast. Above, a North Atlantic right whale swims with her calf off the Georgia coast. New England Aquarium via AP

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

SC - PAWLEYS ISLAND End of beach work reopens campaign debate

The last of 1.1 million cubic yards of offshore sand flowed onto the beach at Pawleys Island this week. The $14.3 million renourishment project stopped just north of First Street, drawing criticism from the town’s former mayor.

Coastwide
Science

Early Look: 2020 Hurricane Season Might Be Above Average

Preliminary 2020 Atlantic hurricane season forecasts are suggesting an above average hurricane season .

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

VA - Norfolk-based RISE Resilience Innovations is challenging dev teams to build urban mobility apps

The RISE Urban Mobility Challenge is calling on software developers to create tech solutions for automated traffic flooding information in the coastal Virginia region.

Coastwide
Federal

NOAA - New Progress on Mapping U.S. Ocean, Coastal, Great Lakes Waters

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released the first annual report on the progress made in mapping U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes waters, the agency said in a release.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

MD - Here’s how increasing rainfall will hit 5 eastern shore towns

Climate change will fuel heavier downpours and deeper floodwaters on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, according to one of the first detailed looks at changing rainfall patterns at the local level in the mid-Atlantic.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

NC - Fisheries Division changes public listening method for Eligibility Board meeting

Based on the current guidance to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, the division has cancelled the public listening stations at its offices in Morehead City and Wilmington; however, the public may listen to the meeting through a conference call line by dialing 919-420-1374.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

NC - Researchers, Officials Discuss Runoff Study

A multiyear, collaborative research project to study how polluted runoff affects the Rachel Carson Reserve in Beaufort has led to a push for a broad coastal partnership to better address stormwater-related issues.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

SC - Army Corps plan for Charleston flooding won’t include home buyouts

The Army Corps of Engineers is encouraging cities across the country to use eminent domain to force sales of frequently flooded homes, but the practice isn’t on the table in Charleston.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

NC - Corps Pulls Sunset Beach Dredge Application

The lingering question of where Sunset Beach will put beach-suitable sand dredged from surrounding waterways has prompted the withdraw of the town’s federal permit application.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

VA - Virginia Beach ups coastal protection measures

A US east coast city is replenishing its beaches that serve as protection against intensifying storms

Mid-Atlantic
Local

NC - Southern Shores partners with Duck for beach nourishment RFQ

The Southern Shores town council met March 4 to discuss with their Interim Town Manager the possibility of partnering with Duck on a request for qualifications for professional services to assist in possible beach nourishment projects.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Nags Head mayor: Businesses shouldn’t be inviting visitors to the Outer Banks right now

As North Carolina’s coronavirus count climbed and Gov. Roy Cooper ordered all public schools closed, local social media lit up with a debate over visitors spending their own downtime on the Outer Banks.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

SC - Paradise lost? Developer sizes up S.C. island for ecotourism

WHY WE WROTE THIS: Ecotourism is good in theory, but in practice it often runs into differing views of how man and nature should coexist. South Carolina’s at-risk barrier islands add a cultural wrinkle: a unique African American community that calls this coastline home.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

NC - Li and Barros Provide Scientific Expertise for New N.C. Climate Change Assessment

DURHAM, N.C. – The new North Carolina Climate Science Report, issued March 11, benefits from the scientific expertise of two Nicholas School of the Environment faculty members.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

SC - Climate change may hurt Hilton Head’s ability to borrow money for projects, report says

The changing climate won’t only erode Hilton Head Island’s beaches and flood its neighborhoods. Bond rating agencies say climate change also may hurt the local government’s ability to borrow money.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

NC - Sand Dollar Shores appeals Duck beach access ruling

The Sand Dollar Shores Homeowners Association has announced, through its attorney Casey Varnell, that it has appealed a Feb. 14 ruling by a Camden County Superior Court Judge that sided with plaintiff Bob Hovey’s claim that a beach access there belongs to the public.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

NC - Kitty Hawk offshore wind project moving forward

Geophysical surveys are nearly complete at the Kitty Hawk offshore wind project — and the enterprise just moved another step forward with approval from Virginia Beach for land to build a substation.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

NJ - Sustainable Jersey group plans event on community resiliency

On Monday, March 16, the Atlantic Cape May counties Sustainable Jersey Regional Hub will offer a free event focused on what communities can do to be more resilient in the face of emergencies such as flooding and wildfires.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

NJ - DEP Seeks Input on New Land-Use Rules to Adapt to Climate Change

Public session considers curbing development in flood-prone coastal areas

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

NC - Judge Rules Duck Beach Access Is Public

A Camden County Superior Court judge has ruled that the Sea Breeze beach access in the Duck subdivision of Sand Dollar Shores is now within the town’s jurisdiction and belongs to the public.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

NJ - DEP Seeks Input on New Land-Use Rules to Adapt to Climate Change

Public session considers curbing development in flood-prone coastal areas

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Beach project to improve North Topsail Beach underway

A beach renourishment project to improve North Topsail Beach is underway.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Beach nourishment project moves into Pine Knoll Shores

The $28.2 million Bogue Banks beach nourishment project pushed west from Atlantic Beach into Pine Knoll Shores Thursday, beginning the longest stretch of work in the project.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

VA - Virginia to invest $120.5M to help combat climate change, sea level rise

Virginia is working on a $120.5 million project to address the impacts of sea level rise in Hampton Roads.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

MD - Can shellfish growers cash in with nutrient trading?

Maryland and Virginia are exploring new ways to offset pollution from development, but not everyone is buying it

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

NJ - Governor Murphy Announces Offshore Wind Solicitation Schedule of 7,500 MW through 2035

Governor Murphy Announces Offshore Wind Solicitation Schedule of 7,500 MW through 2035

International
Energy

Plot Thickens Around Floating Offshore Wind Farm Mystery Tour

Why, it seems like only yesterday that US Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette told members of Congress to go ahead and slash many dollars from his renewable energy budget, since most of the good stuff is now available commercially. Hey, he might be on to something. Take the agency’s floating offshore wind program, for example. Not too long ago floating wind turbines were a dream, and now they are a thing. In fact, a “secret” group of US officials is bound for Scotland next week, where they will eyeball a new floating offshore wind farm, which happens to deploy technology developed by a US company with an assist from — you guessed it — the Energy Department.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Your opinion: How to use $542 million in Florence recovery funds?

There is still more than $200 million in unaddressed damages to more than 3,000 homes throughout Eastern North Carolina from Hurricane Florence — but there is a plan in place to help fix that, and your feedback on that plan is needed.

Mid-Atlantic
Recreation

SC - WWII submarine to go on ‘eternal patrol’ off SC coast as part of artificial reef

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum has succeeded in its efforts to find a new resting place for the USS Clamagore.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

SC - Locally popular but long-shot candidate Steyer’s ‘climate justice’ resonates along S.C. coast

When Robert and Geraldine Greenawalt decided to retire somewhere warmer after cold winters in Clarion, Pa., they shopped properties in this popular vacation destination on the South Carolina coast.

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