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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.

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        ‘Oyster Summit’ Paying Dividends

        The ‘oyster summit’ in Raleigh last month has generated much buzz about the lowly oyster and its environmental and economic benefits. The summit triggered two bills in the state legislature to strengthen the state’s oyster industry.

    • Our Coast

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        The Greening of Wilmington

        Since 1925, the Cape Fear Garden Club has worked to make the city a prettier place. Its Azalea Festival provides the money for the club’s generous grant program to support education, beautification and stewardship.

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    • 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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        “The Currituck Spiral”

        Photograph by Teresa Daines.
        From the top of the spiral staircase inside the Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla, on the Outer Banks. The lighthouse is an example of Gothic Revival architecture, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1973.

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

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    News Briefs

    • McCrory Urges Drilling Closer to Shore

      Drilling rigs should be allowed closer to the N.C. coast so companies can tap potential fields of oil and natural gas, Gov. Pat McCrory said in testimony before Congress.

    • Closed Waters Opened in Onslow

      A move by Swansboto, a town in Onlsow County, to remove its sewage discharge from Foster’s Bay in 2008 paid off when the state last week reopened 400 acres of estuary for the harvest of shellfish.

    • Groups: Extend Comment Period

      More than two dozen environmental groups have asked the federal government to give people more time to comment on proposals that would allow companies to use underwater sound waves to survey the seafloor of the Atlantic Ocean for oil and natural gas.

    • Groups to Appeal Blount’s Creek Ruling

      Two environmental groups will appeal a ruling by an administrative law judge that could allow millions of gallons of freshwater from a mine to be discharged each day into Blount’s Creek, a popular brackish water stream along the Pamlico River in Beaufort County.

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