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        Controlling Runoff Is the Fix for Creek

        Even if it were possible, dredging may not be the ultimate solution for an ailing creek in Swansboro. Any real fix includes finally getting control of the poisoned runoff that has assaulted Hawkins Creek for decades.

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        The Sad Story of Hawkins Creek

        Hawkins Creek in Swansboro was once thriving with fish and was a good place for a cool summer swim. Now, there’s hardly enough water to wet your feet, and the water’s often nasty. We take a two-part look at Hawkins.

    • Our Coast

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        Our Coast’s Food: Fishermen’s Favorites

        Tired of flounder and grilled mahi? Try the fish that fishermen and chefs prefer: bluefish, mackerel, sheepshead, mullet and croaker. We offer some recipes and cooking tips so you, too, can be an old salt.

    • Commentary

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        Guest Column: Ill Wind Blows From Raleigh

        A promoter of offshore wind energy argues that a request by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources to ban turbines within 25 miles of shore would kill any chance of developing wind farms off the N.C. coast.

    • 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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        “When the Mullet Run”

        Photograph by Cathy Martin of Emerald Isle.
        Men work together on Atlantic Beach setting nets to catch mullet, a common catch here along the Crystal Coast in the fall.

    • Videos

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        Learn how whales sustain ocean life and play a critical role in regulating carbon and, therefore, climate.

      • What’s the big deal about restoring oyster habitats? Watch this video highlighting one of North Carolina’s greatest natural resources.

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    News Briefs

    • Public Can Now Comment on Sea-Level Report

      The update of the state’s shelved 2010 report on sea-level rise along the N.C. coast has been released for public review and comment. People can submit comments until Dec. 31.

    • Land Trust Adds to Carteret Preserve

      The N.C. Coastal Land Trust purchased 50 acres from the East Carolina Council of Boy Scouts of America for its Gales Creek Nature Preserve at Camp Sam Hatcher, between Cape Carteret and Morehead City in Carteret County. The nature preserve is now more than 250 acres.

    • No Target Shooting at Game Land

      The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has halted target shooting at the Holly Shelter and Stones Creek game lands in Pender and Onslow counties, effective immediately, citing habitat destruction and public safety concerns.

    • Study: Land Prices Fall Without Sand Money

      The value of many oceanfront properties on the East Coast could drop dramatically if Congress were to suddenly end federal beach re-nourishment subsidies, a new study by researchers at three universities finds.

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