Mid-Atlantic
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Fisheries

SC - CCA SC Donates Tags and Receivers to Help With Important Cobia Research

For over two decades, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) has been a leader in cobia research.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

VA - Virginia Lawmakers Ask Trump for Offshore Drilling Exemption

A group of Democratic congressmembers from Virginia wrote to President Donald Trump this week requesting their state be granted a moratorium on offshore oil and gas development that, so far, as only been granted to states led by Republicans.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

USA - Shad Recovery Efforts Not Paying Off, Study Shows

The American shad’s Atlantic population remains at a historic low, despite longstanding commercial fishing bans in several states and millions of dollars invested in restoring the fish’s habitat.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

SC - S.C. Ports Sees Further Recovery Amid Pandemic

With August volumes continuing to trend upward, S.C. Ports Authority imports are returning to, and at times exceeding, pre-pandemic levels, pointing to ongoing recovery, the SCPA said in a news release.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

NC - President to Add North Carolina to Executive Order Barring New Oil Drilling Leases Through 2032

President Donald Trump will reportedly extend a moratorium on new leases for oil and natural gas drilling off the North Carolina coast for at least the next decade.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

NC - Florence's Financial Toll Clearer Two Years On

Two years ago this month Hurricane Florence hit the coast of North Carolina, leaving in its path billions in damage.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

DE - Army Corps Awards Contract for Renourishment in Bethany, South Bethany

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District announced on Sept. 21 that it had awarded a contract to Weeks Marine Inc. for $11.1 million to conduct the periodic nourishment of the Bethany & South Bethany Coastal Storm Risk Management project in Delaware.

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Property

USA - Sally Spreading Torrential Rainfall, Flooding to Georgia, Carolinas, Virginia

Hurricane Sally made landfall early Wednesday morning near the Alabama and Florida border, with catastrophic flooding rainfall, damaging storm surge and strong winds.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

NC - Cape Carteret OKs Funds for Deer Creek Dredging

CAPE CARTERET — Town commissioners voted 4-1 Monday night to adopt a budget amendment to fund Cape Carteret’s share of a county-led project to dredge a silted arm of Deer Creek.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

MA - Report urges action on Mass. flooding, erosion from climate change

BOSTON — Increased tidal flooding, beach erosion and aging sea barriers are among the climate change concerns threatening a famous coastal destination in Massachusetts, according to a report released Thursday by a leading conservation group in the state.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

SC - Another Call to Reject Luxury 'Ecoresort' Plan for SC Barrier Island Comes as Review Nears

Another South Carolina politician is calling for a high-end “ecoresort” project for an undeveloped Lowcountry barrier island to be turned down, days before the plan is scheduled to be up for a vote.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

VA - Biggest Vessel in Port of Virginia’s History Calls; 15,000-Plus-TEU CMA CGM Brazil

At more than 1,200 feet long and nearly 170 feet wide, the containership CMA CGM Brazil is massive.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

NC - Two Years After Hurricane Florence, $2 Billion Provided for N.C. Recovery

On Sept. 14, 2018, Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina and dumped as much as 30 inches of rain in some places. Catastrophic flooding caused extensive damage to homes and infrastructure in a large portion of the state.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

NC - RiverLink, Asheville Look to Repair Polluted Urban Streams That Flow Into French Broad River

If Roy Harris could give his humble opinion in how Asheville should start its monumental attempt at reparations, he would say to start at the historically Black Southside neighborhood and clean up a stream known as Nasty Branch.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Emerald Isle Board OKs Nourishment Resolutions

EMERALD ISLE — Town commissioners Tuesday night adopted two resolutions necessary to proceed with a major beach nourishment project in early 2021.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

VA - Governor Northam Releases Statement on Suit Against the EPA on Chesapeake Bay

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam, who serves as chair of the Chesapeake Executive Council, issued the following statement today after Virginia joined Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia in filing suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its failure to enforce the terms of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement which require partner states to reduce their pollution levels in the allotted time frame.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - This Is How Surf City Plans to Pay for Beach Renourishment Over Next 50 Years

SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — After years of dealing with erosion along the coast in Surf City, the town now has a plan in place to renourish the beaches.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

NC - Artificial Reefs Take on a Towering Presence as Havens for Marine Predators

Acting like high-rise timeshares in the sea, shipwrecks and other artificial reefs can support dense populations of sharks, mackerels, barracudas, jacks and other large migratory marine predators essential to ocean health, according to a new study at 30 sites along the North Carolina coast.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

NC - Division of Coastal Management to host contractors' webinar for N.C. Resilient Coastal Communities Program

The North Carolina Division of Coastal Management (DCM) will host a free interactive webinar on the new N.C. Resilient Coastal Communities Program, September 23, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. The intended audience includes consultants, regional governments, colleges/universities, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that have an interest in receiving and submitting a response to the program's 2020 Phase 1 and Phase 2 Request for Qualifications.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

MD - EPA hit with lawsuits over Chesapeake Bay cleanup

Making good on threats issued months ago, three Chesapeake Bay watershed states, the District of Columbia and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation took the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to court Thursday for its failure to push Pennsylvania and New York to do more to help clean up the Bay.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - July Breaks All-Time Occupancy Tax Revenue Record for Carteret County

EMERALD ISLE — Occupancy tax revenue for July “blew away” the previous one-month record, Carteret County Shore Protection Office Manager Greg Rudolph said Tuesday.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

NC - Officials Expect to Start Old Ferry Channel Dredging in December

CAPE CARTERET — Carteret County officials hope to begin dredging Old Ferry Channel, in Bogue Sound between Cape Carteret and Emerald Isle, and probably at least some of Deer Creek in Cape Carteret in December.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - NTB Weighs How to Pay $3M Yearly for Sand

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH – It might take a property tax increase, paired perhaps with other possible new sources of revenue, including pay-to-park at public beach access lots.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

SC - PAC Challenging SC's Graham Over Offshore Drilling Stance

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Offshore drilling, an issue that has created some bipartisan unity in South Carolina among opponents who argue such expansion would mar the state's pristine coastline, is surfacing in a political action committee's effort to oust U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

VA - Virginia Beach’s Boardwalk Through the Years: It Wasn’t Always Concrete

When the coronavirus shut down city parks and recreation centers last spring, Hampton Roads residents and some tourists headed to one of the few public spaces open for exercise: the Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Oak Island Aimed for an 'Impossibly Fast' Reopening. Was It Too Rushed?

OAK ISLAND — After being closed off to traffic and visitors for a month in the middle of the island’s busiest season, Oak Island reopened its west end Friday morning, right in time for Labor Day weekend.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

Atlantic - Planning to Rise Above an Uncertain Climate Future for Coastal Carolinas Region

Communities across the Carolinas are beginning to recognize that the future we face will be very different from the past.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

VA - Virginia City Seeks Conservation Solution for Flood-Prone Properties

As climate change fuels flooding all over the country, one coping strategy is managed retreat: Local governments use federal funds to buy up waterlogged properties at fair market value, throwing distressed owners a financial lifeline and repurposing that land to help mitigate the impacts of recurrent flooding.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

SC - America's Southern Tourist Towns Brace for a Covid Winter

When Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, told Spring Break visitors to leave back in March, politicians and business owners thought a brief closure would save the tourist town’s summer season.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

NC - Federation to Receive Debris Removal Grant

An area environmental nonprofit organization is going to receive funding to remove marine debris, including abandoned and derelict vessels.

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Advocacy

DE - Delaware Coastal Cleanup Runs Through September

The Delaware Coastal Cleanup campaign, launched Sept. 1 by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, encourages Delawareans and visitors to pick up trash in their neighborhoods and nearby parks, on beaches and along waterways to help Keep DE Litter Free.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Rising Cost Has North Topsail Reconsidering Federal Beach Project

The rising cost of rebuilding shorelines has the Town of North Topsail Beach reconsidering its participation a federal project that would pump sand onto the southern 4 miles of the town’s beach strand.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

NC - Record-Setting Rain and Heat? This Is the New Normal

I’m the director of the North Carolina Climate Office, which is the go-to source for expertise in North Carolina’s climate. But if you call me to ask if there’s a downpour on the way, I probably won’t know the answer off the top of my head.

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Waterways

NC - Carteret and Hyde Counties Partner With NC Ferry Division on Critical Dredging Project

In July, the North Carolina Ferry System announced that they were temporarily reducing service on the Pamlico Sound between Cedar Island, Swan Quarter and Ocracoke due to critical shoaling issues in the ferry channel just outside of Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Harbor.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Shoreline Protection: Congressmen Murphy, Rouzer Visit Topsail

TOPSAIL ISLAND – Each of the towns along Topsail Island have different challenges and needs when it comes to protecting their shoreline, but their meeting Thursday with congressional leaders was about one island.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

PA - Report: Pennsylvania Falls Behind in Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says the health of the nation’s largest estuary is continuing to improve.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

VA - Old Dominion University Awarded $775K Research Grant for Offshore Wind Solution

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Old Dominion University was recently awarded a $775,000 grant from the Department of Defense to continue research efforts on offshore wind technology along the Virginia coast.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

MD - Maryland PSC Approves Larger Turbines for Skipjack Wind Farm

Maryland’s Public Service Commission has approved Danish wind-power company Ørsted’s proposed use of 12-megawatt turbines off the Ocean City, Md., coast for its planned Skipjack wind farm.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

MA - Barren Island restoration effort requests input

The authorized project consists of restoring Barren Island (72 acres), which is 100 percent wetland, in combination with the restoration of James Island (2,072 acres), with a habitat proportion of 45 percent upland to 55 percent wetland and an upland dike height of 20 feet above mean lower low water.

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Federal

SC - Agencies Want Water Lawsuit Dismissed

EPA, Corps of Engineers Ask South Carolina Court to Reject Case

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Tourism

NC - Carteret County Beach Visitation Up in June Despite Pandemic

EMERALD ISLE — Although it might seem counterintuitive, the coronavirus pandemic appears to have increased beach visitation to Carteret County this summer, at least in June, the latest month for which 2020 figures are available.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

SC - Isle of Palms Advances Plan Eliminating Free Beach Parking for Non-Residents

The Isle of Palms moved ahead with plans to eliminate all free beach season parking for non-residents starting in 2021, and would charge more for parking than many beach communities in South Carolina.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

NC - NC Attorney General Files Federal Lawsuit to Block Offshore Drilling

RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) - Attorney General Josh Stein on Wednesday announced he has filed a lawsuit that seeks to block the Trump Administration from allowing seismic exploration for oil and gas off the North Carolina coast.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

NC - UNCW Researchers Spawn Endangered Coral

WILMINGTON – A University of North Carolina at Wilmington laboratory made history this month by spawning in captivity an endangered coral that once thrived in shallow reefs in the Caribbean.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

SC - Hundreds of Comments on Charleston Sea Wall Plan Show Most People Want More Detail

More than 400 comments flooded in on the federal government’s proposal to build an 8-mile-long sea wall around the Charleston peninsula.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

VA - Virginia Coastal Policy Center Announces Partnership With Tribes, N.C. Institutions

William & Mary Law School’s Virginia Coastal Policy Center (VCPC) is undertaking a project with the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership (APNEP) to increase engagement among tribal communities, government agencies, and universities.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

NC - Glimpsing the End of the Pier? Future Hazy for NC Coastal Icons

Repeated hurricanes drive up costs and risk as developers flood beach towns, but NC fishing piers provide habitat, recreation and economic draw.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

VA - In Full Bloom: Crusade against stormwater runoff includes arsenal of management practices

Being a Hampton Roads resident means an uncomfortable familiarity with stormwater. Few of us have escaped the summer storms that bring the deluge of rain, wreaking havoc on the side streets’ traffic. Thankfully each city has a stormwater management department on its own crusade, combating the flash flooding and the subsequent waterway pollution.

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