News & Features

  • Coastal Changes OK’d In Whirlwind Session

    A controversial shellfish aquaculture bill appeared stalled at the week’s end, but the N.C. General Assembly has already approved dozens of coastal provisions in their rush to wrap up the session by the end of the month.

  • Budget Plan Funds Dredge, GenX Studies

    Among other coastal provisions, Republicans’ state budget proposal released Monday commits $15 million for a dredge for Oregon Inlet and $5 million to the N.C. Policy Collaboratory for GenX research.

  • Budget Process Underway, Draws Criticism

    The process for this year’s state budget, which includes key items for the coast such as beach renourishment and a private-public partnership to purchase a dredge for Oregon Inlet, is facing criticism.

  • Oyster Restoration Partners Detail Progress

    Groups and agencies that have joined in a public-private partnership to restore and expand oyster habitat in North Carolina hosted Monday a behind-the-scenes tour in Morehead City.

  • New GenX Bills Prompt Enforcement Worries

    GenX-related bills filed late last week in the N.C. General Assembly quickly drew criticism from environmental groups and a former regulator that they could create unintended consequences in the enforcement of existing pollution laws.

  • Shad in the Classroom Boosts Recovery Effort

    Students across the state are raising and releasing American shad as part of the Shad in the Classroom program, giving them a chance to learn about and participate in the recovery work of the American shad.

  • Marine Debris Program Inspires Students

    Carteret County fourth- and fifth-graders learned about marine debris during the interdisciplinary Duke University Marine Lab Community Science program, including Tiller School students who shared last week their research and art.

  • River Advocates Celebrate Dam Removal

    The removal of a longstanding dam on the Neuse River in Raleigh is already having positive effects, advocates say, and a celebration set for Saturday offers a chance to see the changes firsthand.

  • Gator Sparks Interest As State OKs Hunting

    A big alligator in a neighborhood canal in Kitty Hawk last week prompted headlines and concern but the state’s new management strategy of “population reduction hunts” has yet to see any permit seekers.