Coastal Policy

  • 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.

  • CRC Won’t Fill Science Panel Vacancies Yet

    Uncertain of what an updated sea-level rise report would accomplish, two members of the N.C. Coastal Resource Commission’s Science Panel resigned this year. The chairman won’t fill any positions until the release of that report in 2015.

  • Cape Fear Request Draws Fire

    A request to reclassify a portion of the lower Cape Fear River as swamp is drawing sharp criticism from some members of the organization asking for the change because it would lower a key water-quality standard.

  • Marina to CRC: Help Our Boats Get Wet

    Boats launching from a Wilmington marina can only access the Cape Fear River at high tide. Marina owners turn to the Coastal Resources Commission today in hopes of a solution.