Coastal Policy

  • 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.

  • Pamlico Commissioners Lose Patience

    Five months after asking the Army Corps of Engineers to investigate alleged illegal ditching of wetlands, Pamlico County commissioners want EPA to intervene.

  • How Aggressive Will the State Be?

    Regulators charged with protecting the state’s wetlands now work for a slimmed down environmental agency that is expected to be more business friendly. More of those regulators than ever before now can be fired at any time, for any reason.

  • Bad Moon Arising Over State’s Wetlands?

    Several events during the first year of Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration have activists in North Carolina alarmed that the state’s once-firm commitment to preserving wetlands is eroding.

  • CRC to Finally Get Down to Work

    After a legislature-mandated shakeup that reduced its numbers and replaced roughly two-thirds of its membership, a newly-reconstituted N.C. Coastal Resources Commission starts work this week.