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.
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.
PINE KNOLL SHORES — Stormwater drainage improvements and shoreline protection are on their way to Pine Knoll Shores, courtesy of the N.C. Coastal Federation.
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.
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.
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.
GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — South Carolina's Chief Administrative Law Judge has upheld DeBordieu Colony Community Association’s permit for beach nourishment.
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.
ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – Charleston County Council is weighing options and considering stepping into the battle over beach parking once again.
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.
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.
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.
A huge great white shark that stopped by coastal North Carolina late last year has paid a return visit to the region.
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.
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.
GO Virginia approved the grant to help the Virginia Coastal Resilience And Adaptation Economy Initiative address flooding challenges.
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.
After being the only town in New Hanover County to have free parking, Kure Beach could soon have a paid parking system.
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.
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.
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.
HORRY COUNTY — Have an opinion on what it’s like to visit Horry County beach accesses?
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.
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.
In January 2021, Dare County Board of Commissioners must decide how to fund existing beach nourishment commitments and add two more projects.
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.
To say 2020 was a challenging year for Coastal Conservation Association South Carolina would be a major understatement.
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.
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.
In 2020, the effects of climate change have menaced South Carolina with sea level rise and intensifying storms.
First came the roadblocks, barring nonresidents from visiting Charleston barrier islands during the pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Weeks Marine has begun mobilization of personnel and equipment that will be used for the upcoming Morehead City dredging & beach nourishment works.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The destination adds lodging, attractions, and culinary options for exciting new visitor experiences
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
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.
Charleston will move forward with an Army Corps of Engineers plan to repel hurricane surge, including a wall around most of the downtown peninsula.
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.
A temporary order extending the area where South Carolina’s residual property insurance market provides insurance has been renewed for another two years.
Avangrid’s project off Virginia and North Carolina coasts join gigawatts’ worth of offshore wind in the works along the Eastern seaboard.
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.
Just as we were getting used to sheepshead, triggerfish and pompano, red drum and speckled trout begin to show up in Delaware.
Christina Laughlin usually does whatever she can to avoid the flooding that plagues her neighborhood in Norfolk, Virginia, on the Chesapeake Bay.
In September, the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot project delivered first power to the grid.
The Cape Charles Natural Area Preserve is open to the public again — and has nearly doubled in size.
Insurance companies have asked state regulators to boost homeowners insurance rates 25 percent across most of North Carolina.
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.
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.
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.
Over the past six years, Maryland has spent nearly $6 billion of taxpayer money on a wide range of Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts.
We made it, Hampton Roads.
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.
When I meet new people, I love telling them I live on an island.
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.
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.
Environmental scientists monitored and restored seagrass meadows off Virginia’s eastern coast while investigating their impact on the marine ecosystem
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.
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.
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.
CHAMP, Md. — Eric Bedsworth’s day of reckoning arrived a year ago.
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.
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