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    News Briefs

    • State Awards Beach, Water Access Grants

      The Division of Coastal Management announced Friday that it had awarded more than $1.6 million to 14 local governments to improve public access to coastal beaches and waters.

    • Portsmouth Village Reopens to Public

      The National Park Service has reopened Portsmouth Village to visitors after being closed because of flooding from Hurricane Maria in late September.

    • Two Open Space Planning Workshops Set

      Planning for Open Space workshops to be held in Wilmington Nov. 30 and Plymouth Dec. 5 will give participants the chance to learn about the benefits of open space, how it can serve multiple needs and how communities can approach open spaces.

    • Science Advisory Board Members Announced

      The 16 members were announced Thursday of the recently expanded Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board, which will examine new and emerging chemicals and their potential effects on human health and the environment.

    • 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.

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    News Waves

    • News & Features

      • Environmentalist, Oil Exec Face Off at Forum

        Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, and John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil Co., shared their perspectives on offshore drilling Tuesday in Wilmington.

      • 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.”