Special Report: The repeal and replacement of the Obama-era Waters of the United States rule under the Clean Water Act will soon go into effect, putting North Carolina’s wetlands and fisheries in peril, but challenges are expected.
Coastal Research: Would You Swim Here?
Students with the UNC Institute for the Environment’s Field Site program spent last semester researching how contaminants get into Beaufort’s Town Creek and what happens next.
Coastal Research: One Town’s Septic Risks
UNC researchers recently presented findings from a study of how climate change and failing septic systems combine to affect Nags Head’s water quality and how the town is addressing problems.
Biologist: Seagrass A ‘Canary In Coal Mine’
Jud Kenworthy, a biologist and co-lead of a project to better understand the status of the submerged aquatic vegetation, says seagrasses can warn about the health of N.C.’s coastal ecology.
Submerged Vegetation Mirrors Coast’s Health
Researchers are working to map the extent and density of submerged aquatic vegetation along the N.C. coast, to assess its health, which is important far beyond the state’s estuaries.
Ports: Florida Biologist Had No Role in Study
Bald Head Island’s attorneys are questioning whether a Corps of Engineers biologist who pleaded guilty to lying about her part-time work for a consulting firm also worked on an N.C. ports study.
Lack of Public Input at Issue With Port Study
An attorney for Bald Head Island says the public was kept out of the ports authority’s review for its planned harbor-deepening project as port officials vow transparency.
Federal Review Finds Port Study Deficient
A plan to widen and deepen Wilmington’s port channel is the first to go through a new, expedited environmental review process, but federal officials say the ports authority’s study falls short.
Officials: Cooperation is Critical for Resilience
Audubon North Carolina Friday brought together officials and representatives who all emphasized working together to preserve the Pine Island Audubon Center.
Natural Fixes Touted At Resilience Summit
Flooding and erosion problems are best solved with approaches that mimic nature, say developers, town officials and others who spoke last week during the N.C. Coastal Resilience Summit.
Summit Focuses on Climate Risks, Response
More than just the environment, climate change threatens the economy, labor market and infrastructure, according to speakers at Day 1 of the two-day Coastal Resilience Summit this week in Havelock.
Tool Shows Best Sites For Resilience Projects
A new online tool can help identify sites where natural resiliency projects, including living shorelines and wetlands restoration, can most benefit people, fish and wildlife.
Increased Flooding Plagues Tyrrell County
Tyrrell County residents are looking for solutions to ease the increased flooding in their communities caused by more intense rainfall and an old, poorly maintained drainage system.
Storm’s Toll Sharpens Definition of ‘Resilience’
With the toll of Hurricane Florence now in sharp focus, state agencies and nonprofits are teaming to develop a plan for a more resilient coast during a two-day summit next month.
Study: New Normal Demands New Approach
A new report finds the effects of hurricanes and other weather disasters are getting worse, especially for the poorest, and that now is time for building community resilience.
Assembling the Puzzle of Climate Resilience
State officials and local communities are working to address climate change-related problems, but the challenges, including political and public buy-in, remain daunting.