Sarah Bodin, front right, of the North Carolina Coastal Federation assists students from the Career Management class at Swansboro High School in building a rain garden Tuesday at Swansboro’s town hall. The work to capture rainwater and reduce the amount of polluted runoff reaching nearby waterways is part of a larger project funded in part by the Section 319 Grant Program of the Clean Water Act. Photo: Mark Hibbs
Report Finds Ports Need Environmental Plan
A legislative study finds that the State Ports Authority lacks a system for managing the environmental footprint of its operations, a shortcoming that threatens the ports’ sustainability.
Seismic Firm Moves to Override NC Decision
WesternGeco, a company that conducts seismic exploration for offshore oil and gas, has filed an appeal of the state’s recent permit denial to the U.S. Commerce Secretary.
CRC to Discuss Challenge to Setback Rules
The Coastal Resources Commission meets Wednesday in Beaufort and will likely go behind closed doors to discuss a lawsuit over the denial of permits to rebuild an oceanfront house on Seagull Drive in Nags Head.
Judge Allows AG to Intervene in Land Dispute
A judge has granted the state attorney general’s motion to intervene in a case in which a property owner seeks to develop waterfront property in Morehead City set aside in 2003 for conservation.
AG’s Office Intervenes in Conservation Case
The state attorney general’s office has filed to intervene in a case in which the owners of a Morehead City property seek to develop land that was set aside for conservation more than 15 years ago.
Fishing Interests to Get Say On Offshore Wind
A new 10-year memorandum of understanding paves the way for federal agencies and an organization representing fishing interests to collaborate on offshore wind energy development.
Wrightsville Beach Says PFAS in Town Water
Wrightsville Beach has taken one water well offline because of concern over GenX and other per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances that also showed up at lower levels in other town wells.
Landowner Challenges Conservation Terms
The owner of a 12-acre property in Morehead City that was set aside for conservation more than a decade ago is asking a judge to remove deed restrictions and allow the land to be developed.
Groups Move to Block Start of Seismic Tests
Conservation groups including the North Carolina Coastal Federation have filed in federal court a motion to block seismic surveys from beginning until a separate lawsuit is resolved.
Trail Supporters Set to Converge on Surf City
The nonprofit Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is accepting registrations for its annual gathering, to be held for the first time on the N.C. coast in March.
Report Blasts Wood Pellet Industry’s Effects
A new Rachel Carson Council report claims the wood pellet industry is driving clear-cutting of Southeastern forests, harming public health and exacerbating the effects of climate change.
Spate of Fed, State Bills Would Block Drilling
Offshore drilling opponents in the U.S. House and nine state legislatures introduced this week a barrage of bills to stop new drilling and seismic exploration for oil and gas.
Permit Issued for Bogue Banks’ Sand Plan
The Army Corps of Engineers has completed its environmental study and permitted Carteret County’s proposed 50-year plan for re-nourishing beaches along Bogue Banks.
Cooper: ‘Significant Resources’ Needed
Gov. Roy Cooper, during an appearance with other state and federal officials Wednesday in Newport, said he and President Trump had spoken about North Carolina’s urgent and long-term needs in the wake of Hurricane Florence.
Florence Recovery: We’re Trying
We’ve been unable to publish since Hurricane Florence made landfall but we’re back online for the first time since Thursday and doing our best to report on conditions on the North Carolina coast.