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    News Briefs

    • Group to Screen Offshore Drilling Films

      A Brunswick County environmental group announced that it will screen “Shore Stories,” six short documentary films that highlight the grassroots resistance to offshore drilling April 11 in Oak Island.

    • Southern Trails at Bald Head Reserve Reopen

      Parts of Bald Head Woods Reserve on Bald Head Island are open to visitors for the first time since Hurricane Florence forced closure, including trails in the southern portion of the reserve.

    • Fisheries Commission Forces Gill Net Ban

      The state Marine Fisheries Commission voted Wednesday to overrule the director of the Division of Marine Fisheries and ban gill nets upstream of the ferry crossing points in the Neuse and Pamlico rivers.

    • CRC Denies Variance for Patio Already Built

      The Coastal Resources Commission recently denied a Perquimans County couple’s request to allow them to keep in place a brick patio and fire pit built in violation of the Coastal Area Management Act.

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    News Waves

    • News & Features

      • Dare Waterways Commission Shifts Focus

        With attention long spent on navigation in Hatteras Inlet, Dare County Waterways Commission discussions recently turned to Oregon Inlet, where shoaling at the old bridge is too severe for dredge access, and other problem areas.

      • Legislators Preview New Shellfish Bill

        Rep. Pat McElraft and Sen. Norm Sanderson told attendees at the annual Oyster Summit in Raleigh they plan to introduce legislation that addresses conflicts related to the state’s shellfish leasing program.

    • Science

      • Study: Expect Worsening Wastewater Woes

        Researchers say excessive rainfall, rising sea levels and other factors are compounding the problems that cause sewage spills, and towns may be overwhelmed trying to address more and more wastewater system failures.

    • Our Coast

      • Chamber Class Joins Marine Debris Cleanup

        An annual leadership program of the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce recently wrapped up for 2019, after giving participants a lasting, hands-on lesson in coastal restoration.

    • Commentary

      • NC Environmental Policy Talks Mostly Secret

        In recognition of Sunshine Week, the annual celebration of access to public information, our Kirk Ross examines how the people’s work too often happens behind closed doors in Raleigh.

    • Featured Photo

      • Coast Guard, NASA Test Orion Replica

        Crews of U.S. Coast Guard Station Fort Macon and the USCG buoy tender Maple worked March 10 with members of NASA and their Orion spacecraft development team to conduct open water testing for the Orion Crew Module. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

    • Featured Video

      • VIMS Develops Storm Surge Model

        Researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science are developing a modeling platform that they say provides a more detailed, accurate picture of the effects of storm surge on communities and their water quality. They say the SCHISM, or Semi-implicit Cross-scale Hydroscience Integrated System Model, which is an open-source, community-supported modeling system, may be used to build more resilient communities and improve the economic strength of coastal towns and counties.