Stories by Coastal Review Online

Unexpected numbers of turtles found during nourishment

Since the late May start of the re-nourishment project in Duck until the end of July, 66 turtles had been safely scooped up by trawlers that clear the area in front of the working dredge to prevent incidental capture.

Sep 10


Appeal period begins for debated flood insurance maps

North Carolina partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to produce the updated FIRMs so that property owners could better understand their flood risks

Aug 18


An unsavory summer recipe: How to make an algal bloom

Blue-green algae is a simple organism and its needs aren’t all that complex: A little heat, water, sunshine, mix in some sort of nutrient and you have an algal bloom.

Jul 25


Cooper vows to lead fight against offshore drilling, testing

Gov. Roy Cooper cited the threat to the “robust coastal economy” from proposed offshore drilling and seismic exploration for oil and natural gas off the state’s coast and pledged to lead the renewed fight against it.

Jul 22


Surfing scientists blend two passions into wave-forecast tool

A new surf-prediction model developed by a partnership of two coastal scientists and a computer engineer promises to revolutionize the accuracy and efficiency of surf forecasting, long regarded as notoriously challenging and unreliable.

Jul 19


Verdict on red wolf program expected by the end of the year

The fate of red wolves could be settled by year’s end, when wildlife managers are expected to finish reconsiderating the management of the endangered predator in the wilds of northeastern North Carolina.

Jul 14


Lawmakers leave sand, dredging, bag ban bills hanging

The measures include coastal stormwater changes, the creation of a new coastal storm damage mitigation fund to pay for beach re-nourishment, new dredging plans and repeal of the plastic bag ban on the Outer Banks.

Jul 5


Seismic searches for offshore oil and gas are back in play

Last week, the National Marine Fisheries Service proposed to issue five permits that would allow the oil and gas industry to conduct seismic surveys for oil and natural gas off the East Coast from the New Jersey/Delaware border to Florida.

Jun 19


Coastal North Carolina towns brace for beach funding cuts

To those who filled the large-windowed meeting room at Jennette's Pier -- representatives from local governments, nonprofits and state and federal agencies -- headaches over funding were the overarching theme.

Apr 12


Bills would ease rules on sandbags, pumping sand from shoals

The Senate and House are finalizing another set of enviromental regulations, including one that loosens rules on sandbag walls and another that would allow using sand from Diamond Shoals for beach nourishment without testing it first.

Apr 5


Bill would halt new wind energy development pending study

The bill, the Military Operations Protection Act of 2017, would ensure there are no conflicts with the state’s six existing installations before additional projects are developed.

Mar 27


Private partnership could be key to landmark lodge’s survival

The proposal describes plans to complete renovation of the lodge and offer opportunities for private partners to operate the facility. Potential operators could include tour and guide companies.

Mar 20