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        How Did Rocks End Up on the Beach?

        Questions abound about the beach re-nourishment project at N. Topsail Beach. Why haven’t regulators been more forceful in protecting the public’s beach and the endangered animals that use it ?

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        Earth Day Events This Weekend

        The N.C. Coastal Federation and its friends are getting a jump on Earth Day, with a variety of fun and planet-friendly events set for today and Saturday.

    • Our Coast

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        Could Hatteras Be America’s First Colony?

        Jamestown Virginia is the site of the first permanent English colony in the New World. Or is it? Recent archaeological findings could give that honor to Hatteras Island, and change history.

    • Commentary

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        Guest Column: Buffer Bills Shortsighted

        Two bills in the state legislature that would eliminate or greatly reduce buffers along the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico rivers would place greater burdens on cities, towns and farmers to clean up the polluted rivers.

    • Science

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        Saltwater Intrusion: The Parts You Can’t See

        The quality of the water, the nutrients in the soil and the exchange of greenhouse gasses hang in the balance as saltwater moves farther inland than it ever has before. Five researchers are working to help people prepare for what’s ahead.

    • Special Reports

    • Photo of the Week

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        “Stalking Lunch”

        Photograph by Jody Merritt of Beaufort.
        A little blue heron stalks a fresh water pond on Harkers Island in Carteret County looking for its next meal.

    • Videos

      • Jeff Reid of North Topsail Beach took this video on Monday. April 6, 2015, of the controversial beach re-nourishment project on the island. The project has been plagued by rocks that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says have made the beach unsuitable for nesting sea turtles. The so-called rock box seen in the video is one way the town is trying to screen the rocks before they litter the beach.

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    News Briefs

    • State OKs Seismic Testing Off N.C.

      The N.C. Division of Coastal Management, DCM, has found that two permit applications to use air guns to survey for oil and natural gas off the N.C. coast were consistent with the state’s coastal management program.

    • Public Hearings on Flood Zone Repeal

      The state Division of Coastal Management will hold public hearings in each of North Carolina’s oceanfront counties to gather comments on a proposal to repeal the High Hazard Flood Area of Environmental Concern.

    • BOEM Defends 50-Mile Buffer

      Barring offshore drilling rigs within 50 nautical miles of the Southeast coast would provide an environmental buffer, accommodate the needs of the military and commercial fishing and give potential wind farms room to develop, the director of the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said.

    • Buxton Houses Declared ‘Unsafe’

      A Dare County building inspector has put up “unsafe structure” notices on six oceanfront houses north of this town on Hatteras Island. Most of the houses were presumably protected by sandbags.

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