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Waterways

Intracoastal Waterway Finally Getting Its Due Dredging; Completed Causeway Looking Good for All User Groups

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.

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Property

As Climate Risk Grows, Cities Test a Tough Strategy: Saying ‘No’ to Developers

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.

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Engineering

North Carolina: Surf City hit with strong high tides, erosion as Nor'easter moves south

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.

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Advocacy

State Adds 35 Acres to Bird Island Reserve

North Carolina now officially owns dozens of acres of undeveloped oceanfront property that will be added to the Bird Island Coastal Reserve.

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Fisheries

Maryland striped bass regulations place undue burden on recreational anglers

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.

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Engineering

NC 12 closing from Basnight Bridge to Rodanthe on Hatteras Island

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.

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Property

North Carolina: 'We're loving these islands to death': An island community grapples with its future

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.

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Property

North Carolina: Nags Head won’t ease lot size rule for big homes

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.

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Fisheries

Study: Oyster aquaculture has small but positive impact on Bay water quality

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.

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Advocacy

Bald Eagle Released After a Brief Visit with Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation

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.

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Local

Chincoteague council votes to increase lodging tax, but not until 2021

The Chincoteague Town Council voted Monday to increase the transient occupancy tax by 1%, but deferred the increase until January 2021.

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Federal

Lawmakers work to sort out differences on NC disaster bill

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.

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Property

North Carolina: An island community grapples with its future

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.

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Property

Rich Residents Build Defenses Against Rising Seas; Poor Ones Leave

Socioeconomic status and racial diversity affect how different communities adapt to a changing climate

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Property

Developers pay for coastal development study. Critics worry it’ll justify construction

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.

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Property

Americans Start Adapting to Climate Change. They’re Doing It Wrong

(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.

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Waterways

Outer Banks Shipwrecks: The Tale of the Storm-Tossed Ario Pardee, And How a Day-long Trip Turned into a 152-Hour Odyssey

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.

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Fisheries

Striped bass decline spurs new look at mycobacteria

Chronic wasting disease infects most of the striped bass in the Chesapeake

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Science

New funding to study microplastic pollution effect on Delaware Bay blue crabs

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.

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Engineering

Push for Funds to Relieve Virginias Catastrophic Flooding

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.

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Engineering

Maryland: US restores Swan Island using dredge material

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.

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Energy

Virginia is all-in on offshore wind but Dominion's decision raises questions about cost, competence

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.

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Tourism

Storm waves along Outer Banks reveal large seashells long buried in dark marsh mud

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.

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Energy

In Rhode Island, offshore wind farm emerging as popular fishing spot

A survey finds many recreational anglers think the Block Island Wind Farm improved fishing by acting as an artificial reef

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Property

As Threats Rise to Virginia's Coast, State Works To Protect Habitats and Communities

Leader of Coastal Zone Management Program explains efforts to safeguard, restore vital ecosystems

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Engineering

Maryland Introduces Tool for Beneficial Use of Dredged Materials

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Initiative Boosts Restoration and Resilience

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Waterways

Port of Virginia Starts Dredging Work for Ultra-Deep Harbor

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.

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Property

North Carolina General Assembly could pass comprehensive storm recovery bill

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.

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Tourism

North Carolina: Beach officials watch room tax collections with Podcast Interview

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.

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Property

This Outer Banks lighthouse has stared down all kinds of disasters in its 160 years

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.

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Engineering

Maryland Introduces Tool for Beneficial Use of Dredged Materials

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.

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Property

Maryland: Residents, officials meet after Neck District floods

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.

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Energy

Opinion: We must protect tourism from offshore wind power

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.

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Local

NJ: North Wildwood to Extend Bulkhead; Mayor Decries Federal Interference

“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.

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Engineering

Beach replenishment underway in Rehoboth

City plans to begin work on five more projects in the coming months

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Science

NC’s Next Sea Level Rise Study to Eye 2100

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.

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Advocacy

SC: Environmental groups to sue company cited for plastic pellets on Sullivan’s Island

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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Local

Consultant helps Carolina Beach adjust land use plan for intensifying storms, rising sea levels

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.

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Science

Chesapeake Bay oyster restoration: Researchers hope bacteria can help

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?

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Fisheries

Low salinity wallops oysters in Chesapeake Bay

Aquaculture, restoration efforts and fishery hurt as unrelenting rain earlier in the year made much of Bay water too fresh, causing die-offs and delayed spawning

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Engineering

Commentary: We should prepare now for next hurricane

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.

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Advocacy

Fish are dying on this Outer Banks fence, but the solution will endanger wild horses

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.

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Engineering

Replenishment projects set for Rehoboth, Dewey beaches

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.

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Engineering

North Carolina: Leaders, Analysts Continue Debating Building On Coast

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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