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    News Briefs

    • Ocracoke Express Ferry to Launch May 20

      The Ocracoke Express Passenger Ferry Service is set to begin Monday shuttling passengers between Hatteras and Ocracoke Village, NCDOT’s ferry division announced Friday.

    • DPS Names Recovery and Resiliency Officers

      The newly formed North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency announced the appointment of three resilience officers to lead the state’s initiative to help storm-affected communities recover, rebuild and prepare.

    • New Buxton Beach Access to Open May 24

      Cape Hatteras National Seashore plans to open May 24 the Buxton Beach Access, formerly a U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard base at the end of Old Lighthouse Road, to provide improved public access to oceanside recreational activities.

    • BOEM Opens Virtual Archaeology Museum

      BOEM’s Virtual Archaeology Museum displays video, detailed 3D models and mosaic maps of shipwrecks from the 19th and 20th centuries, including the Blake Ridge Wreck off of the N.C. coast.

    • Public May Comment on Seismic Plan Review

      The Division of Coastal Management is accepting comments related to an application to do seismic testing off the N.C. coast as questions about the firm’s plans remain unanswered.

    • DEQ to Test New Hanover Wells for PFAS

      The state plans to begin testing groundwater from monitoring wells in New Hanover County after learning PFAS compounds were detected in six of 25 wells that provide water to a Cape Fear Public Utility Authority plant.

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    News Waves

    • News & Features

      • Drilling Opponents Set to Join Hands

        Opponents of offshore drilling and seismic testing plan to participate Saturday in Hands Across the Sand events all along the N.C. coast to spotlight their numbers.

    • Science

      • New Tsunami Research Rides on Small Waves

        NOAA scientists studying meteotsunamis say learning more about these smaller tsunami-like waves that reach N.C. beaches generally unnoticed could help in forecasting storm surge and coastal flooding.

    • Our Coast

      • Cape Lookout Rolls Out Summer Programs

        The staff at Cape Lookout National Seashore recently announced activities and schedules for the 2019 season to help visitors plan their escape to the park’s 56 miles of undeveloped beach.

      • Warblers and Shorebirds and Terns, Oh My!

        Outer Banks birder Jeff Lewis writes that spring birding on the Outer Banks is awesome in May, when songbirds, shorebirds and wading birds are in their most beautiful plumage.

    • Commentary

      • More Manatees In NC Waters Signal Recovery

        The uptick in manatee sightings in N.C. waters in recent years may be a sign of successful efforts to help their populations recover, and there are things you can also do to help.

    • Featured Photo

      • Patsy Pond Predator

        A fledgling great horned owl watches over the Patsy Pond Nature Trail in the Croatan National Forest near Newport on an early morning last week. According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the great horned owl is the largest owl species in the state, so named because of the two prominent ear tufts of feathers that resemble horns.

    • Featured Video

      • Nighttime on the Albemarle Peninsula

        ECU geologist Stanley Riggs and astronomer Brian Baker of the science education and literacy nonprofit A Time for Science are leading a study to better understand the nocturnal environment and dark skies of the Outer Albemarle Peninsula. The study funded by North Carolina Sea Grant and North Carolina Space Grant and also including researchers from the Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese is designed to map and characterize the visual landscape and sounds of the region.