Guest commentary: The effects of Hurricane Florence in 2018 linger today, and though progress toward resilience has been made, the recent loss of wetland protections will come to bear after future storms.
Groups that have for more than 40 years led the fight for clean water say the public may not be fully aware of the potentially devastating effects the latest federal rule could have for NC wetlands.
The Clean Water Act rule issued Tuesday redefines “waters of the United States” and leaves unprotected wetlands with no surface connection to navigable water bodies.
The North Carolina Coastal Federation received $1.6 million to restore 1,100 acres of timberland to wetlands within the Newport River watershed.
The General Assembly has voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the Farm Act, a measure that opponents say eliminates state protections of 2.5 million acres of state wetlands.
Language in Senate Bill 582 would repeal state protections for an estimated 2.5 million acres of wetlands, Cooper said.
A volunteer-dependent program to monitor wetlands that is going into its second year may be the answer to gaps in wetland data across the state.
The 5-4 decision means that the definition, “waters of the United States,” or WOTUS, applies only to wetlands that have “continuous surface connection.”
“Coastal Wetlands in a Changing World: Life, Loss and Restoration in Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary in Corolla and the Florida Everglades” is set for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Coastal Studies Institute on the ECU Outer Banks Campus in Wanchese.
The conservation organization recently acquired a farm near Aulander and a large floodplain forest tract along the Chowan River near Colerain.
Registration is open for the workshop set for 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the New Hanover County Arboretum and North Carolina Cooperative Extension Auditorium in Wilmington.
Coastal Carolina Riverwatch says the permitting public notice for Martin Marietta’s proposed expansion of its limestone quarry in Maysville is vague and may not convey the full extent of environmental effects.
The state Rules Review Commission is set to consider proposed permanent rules created to correct a gap in North Carolina’s permitting authority over certain federally defined wetlands.
The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission is set to meet Wednesday and Thursday via remote access.
A team of researchers and county officials will work together to study how coastal flooding and sea level rise could impact Pender County wetlands.
The effort to restore natural wetlands at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge has shown promise in controlling wildfires and sequestering carbon, but area farmers say the project has worsened flooding of their land.