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NC - ‘They have abandoned us.’ Sand assessments could cost beachfront Oak Islanders up to $27,000

Oak Island’s shoreline has lost 300 feet in a 20-year period. The island is considering levying sand assessments against property owners, costing thousands so the town can finance its nourishment project master plan.

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Tourism

NC - Concerns renewed over Southport short term rentals

The Southport Planning Board began grappling with regulation of short term rentals more than a year ago, then discussions all but halted when board meetings were moved to the online Zoom platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

NC - One of North Carolina’s last unprotected barrier islands to be conserved

Hutaff Island, one of North Carolina’s last privately owned undeveloped barrier islands, will be conserved forever.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

MD - Lawmakers push to designate Chesapeake Bay as national recreation area

The Maryland congressional delegation is pushing legislation to protect and enhance the natural resources throughout southern Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay area with new federal park and heritage designations.

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Science

VA - HII Announces Commercial Release of REMUS 300 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced on April 19 the commercial release of its REMUS 300 unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV). This new, open architecture, small-class UUV can dive to depths of 305 meters (1,000 feet) and has endurance options up to 30 hours.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

MD - A Win For The Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Legal Alliance recently won a notable victory for the Assateague Coastal Trust in a successful challenge to the Maryland Department of Environmental Protection’s issuance of a state NPDES general permit for wastewater discharges that failed to control ammonia emissions from animal feeding operations polluting the waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Energy

NC - Bipartisan group pushes for offshore wind energy

A bipartisan group of North Carolina U.S. representatives has strongly endorsed federal efforts to develop offshore wind energy with seven members of Congress – more than half the delegation - requesting a personal briefing later this month and stating they wanted to act quickly and avoid a decade-long moratorium on new wind energy leases imposed by former President Donald Trump set to begin July 2022.

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Aquaculture

VA - Oyster aquaculture partnership offers new funding for watermen

PENINSULA/GLOUCESTER — The Virginia Institute of Marine Science has again partnered with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to help support ongoing efforts to restore oyster beds on private shellfish grounds in the state’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Engineering

NC - Ocean Isle Wins Appeal on Terminal Groin

A recent court ruling now opens the way for Ocean Isle Beach to build a terminal groin at the east end of its ocean shoreline and plans are underway to kick off construction later this year.

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Property

SC cities sue Airbnb and other short-term rental companies for not paying local taxes

Charleston County and several cities in South Carolina have sued a number of short-term rental companies, alleging the businesses failed to pay taxes to the local governments in recent years.

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Energy

NC figures to play a major role as Biden banks on offshore wind to help curb climate change

Two wind turbines, each as tall as the Washington Monument, stand sentinel 27 miles off the Virginia coast, the nation’s first offshore wind installation in federal waters.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

NC - Seeds of Resilience May Be In Forests, Farms

There’s a growing body of evidence on what a warmer, wetter climate holds in store for our generation and future North Carolinians.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

PA - Will Pennsylvania save the Chesapeake Bay? | COMMENTARY

We are at an inflection point for Pennsylvania’s efforts to save the Chesapeake Bay.

Mid-Atlantic
Local

NC - Last remnant of old Bonner Bridge to become a free Outer Banks fishing pier

The last remnants of an Outer Banks bridge over Oregon Inlet will soon be a fishing pier with no entry charge.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

USA - Yellow Lance Mussel Gains 319 River Miles of Lifesaving Habitat in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland

Following 10 years of advocacy and litigation by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized protection today for 319 river miles of critical habitat for the threatened yellow lance freshwater mussel in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.

Mid-Atlantic
Local

NC - Oak Island residents speak out against beach nourishment fee proposal

Oak Island residents could soon have to pay a monthly fee to fund a $40 million beach nourishment project, and residents are speaking out against the current proposal.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

NC - Mapping North Carolina's ghost forests from 430 miles up

Rising seas and inland-surging seawater are leaving behind the debris of dying forests. Now, 35 years of satellite images capture the changes from space.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

NC - Flooding, Resilience on Legislators' Agenda

Plans for legislation to deal with riverine flooding and improve flooding resiliency are moving forward in the North Carolina General Assembly this month, with a major review of policy and funding needs planned for next week.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

NC - Sea level rise is killing trees along the Atlantic coast, creating ‘ghost forests’ that are visible from space

Trekking out to my research sites near North Carolina’s Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, I slog through knee-deep water on a section of trail that is completely submerged.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

MD - Chesapeake Bay as a national park?

Maryland and Virginia lawmakers in the U.S. Senate have formed a working group with more than 20 advocacy organizations to establish a national recreational area in the Chesapeake Bay, breathing fresh life into an idea that has floated around for decades since former U.S. President Ronald Reagan first called the largest estuary in the country a national treasure.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - 'It was inevitable': Surf City visitors, business owners react to first day of paid parking

During a Feb. 19 work session, town council members decided to forgo Surf City’s status as one of the few remaining coastal towns along the state’s southeastern coast to offer free beach parking to visitors.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

NC - Strong winds off the coast could power a clean energy economy in North Carolina

To learn the direction of energy production in North Carolina, look to a weather vane. It’s pointing toward the wind.

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