Special Reports

  • Critics: Shoreline Permits Need Reform

    In most cases, permits for bulkheads are pretty easy to come by in North Carolina. Federal and state regulators approve most with little review. Permits for living shorelines projects, however, can take months. That may be changing.

  • Living Shorelines: Better Than Bulkheads

    In this the first of three parts, we explore the building evidence that more natural methods of controlling erosion called living shorelines are better for the environment and perhaps lighter on property owners’ pocketbooks than bulkheads.

  • Groundwater: Gauging the Titan Effect

    In the last of our three-part series, we look at the proposed Titan America cement plant near Wilmington and its potential threat to the area’s groundwater supply.

  • Researchers Focus on Groundwater

    A number of recent and ongoing studies are helping to provide better understanding of the region’s groundwater resources, including a federal effort to create a national water census.

  • Drinking Water: An Imperiled Resource

    In the first of a three-part series, CRO looks at the growing population and demands of industry on drinking-water supplies in the region that have many worried the resources are in peril.

  • Nags Head Set to Host Climate Talk

    As the United Nations climate conference gets underway in Paris, North Carolina Sea Grant is preparing to hold a two-day workshop on climate change next week in Nags Head.

  • El Niño and Hurricanes

    One of the strongest El Ninos on record has formed in the Pacific Ocean and will affect the hurricanes that threaten our coast. We tell you why.

  • Offshore Drilling & Morehead City

    While offshore drilling is unlikely to spawn great industrial development along the N.C. coast, Morehead City could become a port to service and supply any drilling rigs off the coast.

  • Poll: Drilling Foes Edge Out Supporters

    Forty-six percent of the respondents in eight N.C. oceanfront counties were opposed to offshore drilling, while 42 percent favored it. The poll is the first of residents who would most likely be affected by drilling.

  • From Ocracoke to New Bern

    Our reporter ends her jaunt along the northern coast after hearing all sides of the offshore drilling debate.

  • Mixed Feelings on Alternative Energy

    Some coastal N.C. residents want to see development of alternative energy sources rather than offshore oil drilling but others aren’t sold on wind or solar.