Rising Sea Levels Complicate Flooding Issues

Anger and angst over extreme flooding after Hurricane Matthew on the Outer Banks echoed the outrage over ponding water here expressed more than a decade ago, but now local governments are actively working to mitigate the problem. At the same time, rising seas and record rainfalls have made solutions more challenging and costly.

The towns of Manteo and Nags Head, for instance, provide telling examples of the complexity – and urgency – involved in managing storm drainage on North Carolina’s low-lying barrier islands. 
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Night Skies: December is a great time to take a look at Orion

The constellation Orion will rise at 6:40 p.m. on December 1 and will completely cover the Eastern horizon by 7:40 p.m. Most sky watchers can easily pick out the stars  that form the body, belt, and sword  of this mythological hunter, but may not realize how much this area of the sky has to offer.  
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Waterways Commission Tackles Island Access Issues, Anchored Boats in Harbor

When two unattended sailboats in Silver Lake became unmoored early Oct. 24 and careened into the docks at the Anchorage Marina, it illustrated the concerns the Ocracoke Waterways Commission has about the harbor.

An advancing front brought 30- to 50-mph winds overnight and kept Mark Brown awake on his boat that’s docked near Down Creek Gallery.  Read more

Kinnakeet Home – Windmills along the Sea

My last article was of memories of my childhood spent along the soundside of Kinnakeet. These memories came from the fun we had playing in the water in an area we called “Irene’s Landing.”

I was recently thinking of the connection that “landings” historically had to village life. There were several places along the soundside of Avon where boats would come in close to shore to bring supplies and mail. These areas were called landings. The mail and freight boats had to anchor offshore in the channel because the water was so shallow. Villagers picked up the cargo by using a skiff propelled along by poles. Much excitement and activity was centered around the landings, and each landing had a sandy road leading to whatever general store was closest. A horse and cart was used to transport the supplies. 
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Birding on the Outer Banks: The winter birds have arrived

Cool November temperatures and chilly north winds send us our winter birds.

In wooded habitats, and along the edges, look and listen for Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Eastern Phoebe, Blue-headed Vireo, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Golden-crown Kinglet, Ruby-crown Kinglet and Hermit Thrush.  
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Reeling In History: Documenting The 1997 Fisheries Reform Act

An oral history project funded by North Carolina Sea Grant and the William R. Kenan Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science captured the voices of those involved in the 1997 N.C. Fisheries Reform Act.

The 1997 Fisheries Reform Act significantly changed the fisheries management process in North Carolina. 
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Island Living: How to Shut Up About Shelly Island

It seems that over the course of the summer and fall, two groups of people have formed: A group that is justifiably tired of hearing about Shelly Island, and a group that just won’t shut up about it.
As this article will clearly demonstrate, I am in the second group. 
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Calling All Members of the Community - Uncle Sam Wants You

When it comes to community service, it is often all too easy to believe that one’s impact is minuscule at best. However, when three local teenagers are on a mission to impact their community as well as their community’s loved ones, there is no such thing as small.
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Hatteras Local is on the Frontlines of the Disaster Response in Puerto Rico

Hatteras Island native Christina Willis has had a lifetime of experience with hurricanes, and that background has certainly been put to good and tireless work helping the people of Puerto Rico.
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