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Waterways

NC - Effort On to Protect Stump Sound Oysters

A $75,000 grant will go toward plans to improve and maintain the water quality of Stump Sound in Onslow County, known for its oysters.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

SC - Judge Upholds State Permit for Debordieu Groins

An environmental group is considering its next step after a state Administrative Law Court judge upheld a permit to build three rock and concrete groins as part of a beach renourishment project at DeBordieu.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

SC - What You Need to Know About Charleston’s $2 Billion Storm Surge Project

Rising seas, strengthening storms and eye-popping real estate growth have forced Charleston to consider extreme steps to protect its downtown peninsula, the engine of the state’s relentless tourism industry.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Pine Knoll Shores Board OKs Living Shoreline, Stormwater Improvements

PINE KNOLL SHORES — Stormwater drainage improvements and shoreline protection are on their way to Pine Knoll Shores, courtesy of the N.C. Coastal Federation.

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Federal

VA - EPA and NASA Agree to Address Pollution From WWII-Era Defense at Wallops Flight Facility

Contamination by a variety of hazardous chemicals in areas of the Wallops Flight Facility near Chincoteague, Va., will be addressed by a new federal agreement that avoids assigning the site to the National Priorities List.

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Property

USA - $6M Aimed at Shoring up Salt Marshes Along Atlantic Coast

Federal and state agencies are investing $6 million in an Atlantic coastwide initiative to strengthen and restore 1,667 acres of salt marshes across Massachusetts and four other states by 2025.

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Property

SC - Judge Rules for Homeowners in Suits Over Beach Easements

A Circuit Court judge has granted a motion by three oceanfront property owners seeking to quash an effort by the town of Pawleys Island to condemn easements for beach renourishment.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

SC - Court Rules in Favor of Debordieu Colony's Beach Nourishment Plan

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — South Carolina's Chief Administrative Law Judge has upheld DeBordieu Colony Community Association’s permit for beach nourishment.

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Engineering

NC - Emerald Isle Concurs With Decision to Reject Federal Beach Nourishment Plan

EMERALD ISLE — Town commissioners voted 5-0 Tuesday night to concur with the Carteret County Beach Commission’s recommendation to not opt into a federal beach nourishment program for Bogue Banks.

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Tourism

SC - Charleston County Council Considering Resolution Supporting Beach Access, Parking Bill

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – Charleston County Council is weighing options and considering stepping into the battle over beach parking once again.

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Advocacy

SC - Feds Seek to Add Marsh and Undeveloped Islands Near Folly to Protection Program

FOLLY BEACH — A federal program designed to conserve coastal land may add thousands of new acres around this beach community, including Long Island — a private island that was listed for sale in recent years.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Atlantic Beach Voices Support for County's Existing Beach Master Plan

ATLANTIC BEACH — The Atlantic Beach Town Council is backing the Carteret County Beach Commission in its decision to maintain the existing master plan to nourish and maintain the beaches of Bogue Banks.

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Fisheries

NC - 50 Million Oyster Initiative Now Supports 140 Million Oysters

Good news for oysters! The North Carolina Coastal Federation and partners set out to restore 50 million oysters to coastal waters through their 50 Million Oyster Initiative.

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Fisheries

NC - She's Back! Massive Great White Shark Has Paid a Return Visit to the North Carolina Coast

A huge great white shark that stopped by coastal North Carolina late last year has paid a return visit to the region.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

SC - Mount Pleasant Leaders Push Back on Crab Bank Renourishment Location

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - While some in the Town of Mount Pleasant are worried about the location of a bird sanctuary renourishment near Shem Creek, advocates say it’s a necessary project to protect wildlife in the area.

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Science

DE - Citizens Café to Address Climate Change Challenges Jan. 14

The challenges of climate change in coastal Delaware, as well as solutions and tools to better understand its impacts, will be the focus of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays’ upcoming Citizens Advisory Committee Citizens Café, set for 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, via Zoom.

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Property

VA - $2.9M Grant Will Help Virginia's Water Economy Face Climate Change

GO Virginia approved the grant to help the Virginia Coastal Resilience And Adaptation Economy Initiative address flooding challenges.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Emerald Isle Beach Nourishment Project Gears up; 2 Dredging Projects Set to Go

EMERALD ISLE — Equipment for the soon-to-start Emerald Isle beach nourishment project should arrive by next week, with work scheduled to begin between Jan. 24-31.

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Local

NC - Will the Town of Kure Beach switch to paid parking?

After being the only town in New Hanover County to have free parking, Kure Beach could soon have a paid parking system.

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Fisheries

USA - Can Oysters Save Our Seas?

Oysters are one of the few crops that are hard to overfarm—and they come with a bevy of ecological benefits.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Federal spending bill makes way for local beach projects

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — When the president signed an omnibus spending bill on Dec. 27, it unlocked $1.4 trillion in government appropriations and $900 billion in Covid-19 aid.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Next phase of Emerald Isle's beach nourishment begins later this month

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (WITN) - Emerald Isle leaders say Phase III of the post-Florence beach nourishment program begins in late January and lasts through April.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Long-Term Plans Ahead for Shifting Sands

MANTEO — From beach nourishment to channel dredging to erosion control to material disposal to shoreline preservation, sand management in coastal North Carolina communities is no longer a sporadic chore.

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Waterways

MD - Report on Chesapeake Bay Health Remains at a D-Plus Grade

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The nation’s largest estuary is still getting a D-plus grade for its overall health, according to a report released Tuesday by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

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Waterways

DE - Commentary: Delaware Bay Oil Spill Cleaned but Remains a Mystery

On a relatively quiet afternoon Oct. 19, the U.S. Coast Guard notified the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that tar balls and oiled debris were scattered across approximately 12 miles of the Delaware Bay’s shoreline.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Beach Nourishment Decisions Loom for Dare Commissioners

In January 2021, Dare County Board of Commissioners must decide how to fund existing beach nourishment commitments and add two more projects.

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Tourism

VA - A New Resort Management Office Launches in Virginia Beach as City Considers Privatizing Tourism Department

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — As the city launches a new office to manage the Oceanfront, there is also a proposal to privatize the entire tourism department.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

SC - SC Coast Sees Reefs, Other Conservation Projects Move Forward Despite Challenges

To say 2020 was a challenging year for Coastal Conservation Association South Carolina would be a major understatement.

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Energy

USA - Kitty Hawk O&M to Create Almost 1000 Jobs

The Kitty Hawk offshore wind farm can be expected to deliver substantial economic growth and employment to Virginia and North Carolina, according to the project’s economic impact study (EIS), with nearly 1,000 jobs to be created once the wind farm is operational.

Mid-Atlantic
Local

NC - Federation Shares 2020 Accomplishments

Because of the significant contributions from many partners and supporters during this difficult year, the North Carolina Coastal Federation, which publishes Coastal Review Online, has been able to continue its work to protect and restore the state’s coast.

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Property

SC - Photo Essay: 2020 Brought More Sea Level Rise and Flooding

In 2020, the effects of climate change have menaced South Carolina with sea level rise and intensifying storms.

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Tourism

SC - The 2020 Battle Over SC Public Beach Access and Parking Ends the Year in a Draw

First came the roadblocks, barring nonresidents from visiting Charleston barrier islands during the pandemic.

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Tourism

NC - Proposed Changes to Parking, Beach Driving in EI Draw Mixed Reviews

EMERALD ISLE — If and when Emerald Isle town commissioners seek public comment on possible changes to the beach access parking fee structure and the time period during which strand driving permitted, they seem likely to get an earful.

Mid-Atlantic
Local

NC - North Topsail Beach Homeowners Reuse Christmas Trees to Build up Dunes

Beachfront property owners in North Topsail Beach are placing donated Christmas trees along the oceanfront this week in a town-wide effort to protect the dunes.

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Property

NC - Months After Flood, NC Residents Still Dealing With Fallout

SALISBURY - Michele Joy watched from her kitchen window as the rain came down in sheets, wondering if she should move her car. Soon, she wouldn't have to.

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Waterways

SC - South Carolina Ports Adds 15 Hybrid Rubber-Tired Gantry Cranes

The arrival of new cargo-handling equipment is significant as SC Ports prepares to welcome the first cargo ship to the Leatherman Terminal in March.

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Energy

USA - Clean Power, Blue Economy Bonanza Plotted for Atlantic Coast States

Natural gas and nuclear stakeholders have been looking to fill the void left by coal’s departure from the US power generation scene, but it looks like their work is getting harder by the minute.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

SC - Editorial: Time to Reengage on Plans to Build a Barrier Around Peninsular Charleston

A few things have become much more clear in the months after the Army Corps of Engineers unveiled an ambitious plan to build a $1.75 billion barrier around the Charleston peninsula.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Beach Renourishment Funding Included in Stopgap Funding Bill Passed by Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WECT) - Funding for beach renourishment projects is included in the stopgap spending and pandemic relief bill passed by Congress on Monday and sent to President Donald Trump for his signature.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - County to Push Effort to Secure Recurring State Funds for Beach Projects

EMERALD ISLE — Carteret County’s Shore Protection Office hopes to work with state legislators in 2021 to get a recurring source of funds to help local governments pay for beach nourishment projects.

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Federal

USA - Chesapeake Bay Program Gets Funding Boost in Omnibus Spending Bill

The program that coordinates Chesapeake Bay cleanup among government partners is slated to receive a funding increase in 2021, if the omnibus spending bill Congress passed Monday night makes it past the President's desk.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Dare Board Ponders Renourishment Funding

Hoping to fund two new beach nourishment projects in 2022 – one in Southern Shores and the other in Avon – the Dare County Board of Commissioners next month will consider a plan to help finance those projects with the limited amount of money currently available in the county’s coffers designated for such projects.

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Aquaculture

MD - These Maryland Companies Have Teamed up to Help Grow Oysters in Deeper Water — With the Help of Solar Energy

Two Maryland companies have teamed up to design a solar-powered barge that could bring oyster farming into deeper parts of the Chesapeake Bay, improving the estuary’s oyster output and perhaps easing conflicts with watermen and waterfront landowners.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

SC - SC Bill to Protect Turtles Would Establish Special Zones With Less Beach Lighting

A coastal lawmaker is proposing expansive legislation to control much of the beachfront lighting along South Carolina, calling it a uniform step in protecting sea turtles during nesting and hatching periods.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Dredging/Beach Renourishment Set to Begin

CARTERET COUNTY – Maintenance dredging of the harbor at the North Carolina Port of Morehead City and associated placement of the sand on Bogue Banks is set to begin during the first week of January 2021.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

NC - Panel Eyes Future of Hatteras Inlet Navigation

Ever since Hurricane Sandy and other 2012 storms reconfigured channels in Hatteras Inlet into lumpy and pinched navigational challenges, members of the Dare County Waterways Commission have spent many a meeting figuratively screaming into the abyss.

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Energy

VA - Dominion Energy Files Plans With BOEM for Its 2640 MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project

Dominion Energy took the next step toward creating the largest offshore wind farm in the United States this week by filing a construction and operations plan for the massive 2,640 MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Morehead City Beachfill to Begin in Early January

Weeks Marine has begun mobilization of personnel and equipment that will be used for the upcoming Morehead City dredging & beach nourishment works.

Mid-Atlantic

NC - State Coastal Management Program Offers Guidance for Recycling Natural Christmas Trees as Sand Fencing

With the arrival of the Christmas holiday, the N.C. Division of Coastal Management is providing guidance to property owners, organizations and towns that plan to accept natural Christmas trees for use in dune restoration and/or beach sand fencing.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

NC - North Carolina Will Pay for Climate Inaction: Report

A new report finds that if steps aren’t taken immediately to fight climate change in the state, it will come out of the pockets of North Carolinians over the next 20 to 30 years.

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Energy

VA - Two-Year Federal Review Process Begins on Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project

Dominion Energy announced today the company has filed with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) the required Construction and Operations Plan (COP) to build the 2,640-MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) commercial project, the largest planned offshore wind farm in the United States.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - North Topsail Beach and Surf City Nourishment Update

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and North Topsail Beach and Surf City Towns met Wednesday, December 9th via WebEx to gain a status update on the federal storm mitigation project.

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Property

MD - Sea-Level Rise Is ‘the Hidden Threat’ as Anne Arundel Residents Purchase Waterfront Homes

Joan Stansfield loves the homes she sells in Shady Side so much, she bought two for herself. The town has become her escape from the bustle of Washington, D.C., a place where she can watch the sunset on the Chesapeake Bay and catch crabs off her dock.

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Property

Job Opening - Director, Virginia Coastal Resilience

The Virginia Director, Coastal Resilience is a member of the EDF’s Coastal Resilience team within the Ecosystems Program. EDF’s Coastal Resilience program works in a bold and collaborative manner to ensure resilient ecosystems and communities along coasts and rivers thrive with water and are safe, equitable and prosperous places to live, work and play.

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Tourism

SC - Visit Myrtle Beach, S.C. Looks Ahead to 2021 With New Tourism Developments

The destination adds lodging, attractions, and culinary options for exciting new visitor experiences

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Energy

VA - Dominion Energy Continues Development of First Jones Act Compliant Offshore Wind Turbine Installation Vessel

Vessel will base operations out of Hampton Roads and is expected to be available to support U.S. offshore wind turbine installations by the end of 2023

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Shoring Up for Rising Sea Levels

From atop the gantries being used to erect the Rodanthe Bridge in North Carolina’s Pamlico Sound, a worker can look across the sands of windswept Hatteras Island and see Atlantic Ocean waves pounding the shoreline next to the two-lane State Route 12, the sole road connecting a chain of tourism-dependent villages to the mainland.

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Engineering

SC - Charleston Gives First Greenlight to Army Corps of Engineers' Wall Plan, With Adjustments

Charleston will move forward with an Army Corps of Engineers plan to repel hurricane surge, including a wall around most of the downtown peninsula.

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Tourism

NC - NC Oyster Trail Encourages Oyster Tourism

While many are familiar with the concept of beer tourism, there’s a new type of tourism making waves in Eastern North Carolina: oyster tourism.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

SC - South Carolina Renews Wind Pool Territory Expansion

A temporary order extending the area where South Carolina’s residual property insurance market provides insurance has been renewed for another two years.

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Engineering

NC - Marines Invest in Restoring NC Shoreline

A project funded by the Department of Defense will make the NC shoreline more resilient against severe weather and protect fragile ecosystems.

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Energy

USA - Avangrid Submits Plan for 800MW First Phase of Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind Project

Avangrid’s project off Virginia and North Carolina coasts join gigawatts’ worth of offshore wind in the works along the Eastern seaboard.

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Property

NC - Insurance Rate Increases Need More Public Notice

North Carolina homeowners are once again facing the possibility of insurance increases, and as has been the case for the past two decades, this proposed rate increase impacting all property owners statewide lacked adequate explanation or time to respond.

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Fisheries

DE - Red Drum and Speckled Trout Showing up in Delaware

Just as we were getting used to sheepshead, triggerfish and pompano, red drum and speckled trout begin to show up in Delaware.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Town Eyes New Tax Districts for Sand Project

Revenue from a possible town-wide property tax increase in North Topsail Beach next year will not likely be funneled solely to pay for a joint, 50-year federal beach project.

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Property

VA - Rising to Meet the Tide

Christina Laughlin usually does whatever she can to avoid the flooding that plagues her neighborhood in Norfolk, Virginia, on the Chesapeake Bay.

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Energy

VA - Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Propels Emerging US Offshore Wind Market

In September, the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot project delivered first power to the grid.

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Tourism

VA - Cape Charles Nature Preserve Was Trashed Over the Summer. It’s Back Open and Twice the Size.

The Cape Charles Natural Area Preserve is open to the public again — and has nearly doubled in size.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

NC - Insurance Companies Ask for 25 Percent Increase in NC

Insurance companies have asked state regulators to boost homeowners insurance rates 25 percent across most of North Carolina.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

NC - REMINDER: State Invites Communities and Contractors to Apply for the N.C. Resilient Coastal Communities Program

The Division of Coastal Management (DCM) invites communities and contractors to apply to participate in Phases 1 and 2 of the N.C. Resilient Coastal Communities Program (RCCP), which aims to equip communities with additional capability to understand and enhance coastal resilience at the local level.

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Tourism

SC - Myrtle Beach Tourism Survived Hurricane Season. The Real Storm Was the Coronavirus.

Hurricane season starts in June, but Myrtle Beach never really had to worry about any storms until September, after tourist season had already begun to wind down. Meteorological storms, that is.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

DE - DNREC Soliciting Grant Applications for Projects to Improve Water Quality in Delaware

Delawareans — along with government agencies and non-profit organizations throughout the state — can help support Delaware’s continuing quest for clean water by taking advantage of an annual grant opportunity administered by the Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control and funded through the federal Clean Water Act.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

MD - Opinion: Smart Growth Policies, Not Haphazard Approach Will Help Restore the Chesapeake

Over the past six years, Maryland has spent nearly $6 billion of taxpayer money on a wide range of Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts.

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Property

NC - Historic Outer Banks Structures to Be Demolished After 'Unrecoverable' Storm Damage

Rising sea levels and a series of relentless coastal storms are forcing Cape Lookout National Seashore to demolish six historic Outer Banks structures that are beyond repair.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Port Dredging, Nourishment Along Atlantic Beach to Start in December

ATLANTIC BEACH — Dredging of channels at the State Port of Morehead City and beach nourishment in Atlantic Beach will begin before the end of December, with initial mobilization of personnel and equipment to the harbor and beach early in the month.

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Tourism

VA - Virginia Beach Inspectors to Crack Down on Zoning and Code Violations at the Oceanfront

VIRGINIA BEACH — For the first time in more than two decades, city zoning and code inspectors will be dedicated solely to the Virginia Beach resort area in a new effort to rein in violators and spruce up Atlantic Avenue.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Florence Renourishment Project - PHASE III

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (GLDD) is about to begin preparations for the Phase 3 of the Post-Florence Renourishment project.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

VA - U.Va. Researchers Successfully Restore Marine Seagrass Meadows off Virginia's Eastern Shore

Environmental scientists monitored and restored seagrass meadows off Virginia’s eastern coast while investigating their impact on the marine ecosystem

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

NC - NC Highway 12 Remains Closed on Ocracoke; Ferry Operations Suspended

N.C. Highway 12 remained closed in between the NPS Pony Pens and the Hatteras ferry terminal as of 1:00 p.m. on Monday, due to ocean overwash that occurred with the morning’s high tide.

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Engineering

NC - Coastal Engineering Fights Climate Change

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The University of North Carolina Wilmington started offering a bachelor's degree in coastal engineering in 2019, which was the first of its kind in the country.

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Energy

VA - With Offshore Wind, Virginia Hopes a 21st-Century Manufacturing Boom Will Offset a Hefty Price Tag

Maybe, if you squint really hard and the skies are clear, you might be able to convince yourself that you see them, out on the horizon: two turbines spinning far offshore of Virginia Beach.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Weeks Marine Gets Ready for the Morehead City Works

Weeks Marine has received a Notice to Proceed (NTP) from the Carteret County officials to begin mobilization of personnel and equipment needed for the Morehead City dredging & concurrent beach nourishment works.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

NC - Lost Colony Sailing Ship Replica to Be Freed at Last in North Carolina After Dare County Dredging Project

MANTEO, N.C. — A replica sailing ship similar to the one that carried the Lost Colony to the Outer Banks will finally be able to escape the shallow water of the Manteo harbor.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

NC - Inside the Plan to Protect North Carolina's Coastal Habitat

State agency leader discusses benefits of strong safeguards—and what comes next

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