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    News Briefs

    • Offshore Wind Energy Lease Finalized

      Federal officials have finalized a lease for the Kitty Hawk offshore wind energy area with Avangrid Renewables, the company behind the Amazon Wind Farm in northeastern North Carolina.

    • Beekeeping, Farmland Grants Available

      Dec. 15 is the deadline to apply for funding assistance for farmland preservation projects and beehive grants from the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund.

    • Cape Fear Utility Files Lawsuit Over GenX

      The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Chemours and DuPont, alleging negligence and that the companies knew the threats of the chemicals discharged into the Cape Fear River.

    • Cape Point Was Accessible All Summer

      Though Cape Point was technically closed for almost two hours in July when an unexploded ordnance washed ashore on the Shelly Island sandbar, the beach otherwise remained open for ORVs, thanks to nesting factors and established ORV corridors.

    • Dare County Reviews Dredging Projects

      The Dare County Waterways Commission met at the Fessenden Center Oct. 10 to review recent dredging at Hatteras Inlet, and to discuss upcoming goals and maintenance projects.

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    News Waves

    • News & Features

      • New State Fund to Go Toward Sand Projects

        The legislature, in its recent override of Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of House Bill 56, created a new state fund to help local governments pay for beach re-nourishment projects, but where that money will come from remains uncertain.

    • Science

      • Coastal Barrier Resources Act Focus of Study

        A team of researchers from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill will study the effect the Coastal Barrier Resources Act has had on development along the coasts of North Carolina, Texas, Florida, Alabama and Delaware.

    • Our Coast

      • Coastal Park Trails Offer Nature Connection

        State Parks and the Croatan National Forest offer hikers miles of trails through a variety of habitats, from maritime forests to sand dunes, and the chance to learn some history and get a glimpse of rare plants or endangered critters.

    • Commentary

      • Sam’s Field Notes: National Estuaries Week

        Our Sam Bland writes about the importance of estuaries in celebration of National Estuaries Week, Sept. 16-23, a time set aside to raise awareness and appreciation of our coastal natural heritage.

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    • Featured Video

      • Pilkey: The Science, Impact of Hurricanes

        Coastal geologist Orrin Pilkey explains how sea level rise coupled with stronger hurricanes could affect the North Carolina and Southeast coasts. Pilkey says officials in the state “need to pull their heads out of the sand.”