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.

  • 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.

  • Chairman Named to Expanded Science Panel

    Jamie Bartram, a professor and founding director of The Water Institute at UNC, has been appointed to lead the science panel recently expanded to advise secretaries of both DEQ and DHHS and set to meet Oct. 23.