Coastal Policy

  • New Flood Maps Could Save You Money But…

    Proposed revisions to coastal flood maps shift many properties out of the most flood-prone zones. That will result in lower flood insurance premiums, but some officials fear it could also lead to complacency.

  • Catfish Blues: Rule Threatens Native Species

    Scientists and commercial fishermen worry that a recent regulatory change could kill the commercial market for blue catfish, an invasive species that left unchecked could wipe out native fish populations in North Carolina waters.

  • Little Money for Leaking Underground Tanks

    There are more than 5,000 sites in the state — 720 along the coast — that are contaminated from leaking, underground petroleum tanks. Thanks to budget cuts, there’s not nearly enough money to clean them up.

  • Open Space Can Be Money in the Bank

    Stream buffers, wetlands and other types of dedicated open space in your community can save coastal homeowners money on their federal flood insurance.

  • Agreement Leads to Flap Over Lake Levels

    A recent deal between federal and state officials to co-manage the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge has prompted worries that water levels in the state’s largest lake will be raised, driving away waterfowl and flooding adjacent lands.

  • Port Gets OK to Widen Turning Basin

    The Coastal Resources Commission voted Tuesday to allow the N.C. Port of Wilmington to enlarge its Cape Fear River turning basin to accommodate bigger ships.

  • Just a ‘Misunderstanding,’ State Says

    State environmental officials responded this week to EPA’s warning about limiting people’s rights to challenge permits by noting that it’s all a “misunderstanding.”

  • EPA Warns State on Permit Cases

    An EPA official has warned the N.C. environmental secretary that actions to limit the public’s right to challenge pollution permits will prompt the agency to step in.

  • Groups Question Land Ownership

    Environmental groups are questioning whether the developer of a controversial subdivision on Sunset Beach actually owns the land.

  • Derelict Boats Are Subject of Survey

    The survey is designed to assess the extent of abandoned and derelict boats in N.C. coastal waterways. They can be hazards to navigation and ticking environmental time bombs, but no one does much about them.