Consensus builds for major flood mitigation legislation

A broad array of provisions aimed at flood prevention and resilience continues to move forward in this year’s session of the North Carolina General Assembly. Last week, a House committee approved the latest version of a long-term effort to address the growing risk of widespread flooding. Although driven by catastrophes like Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane […]

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Bills Would Clear Way for Terminal Groins

Legislation filed last week in the North Carolina General Assembly could help clear the way for federal assistance with the extension of jetties at Oregon Inlet and possibly secure funding for a proposed terminal groin at North Topsail Beach, according to state and federal representatives. In an interview with Coastal Review Friday, Rep. Bobby Hanig, […]

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DEQ Secretary Michael Regan to Head EPA

President-elect Joe Biden has nominated North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Citing the toll exacted by the “undeniable, accelerating, punishing reality of climate change,” Biden announced Regan late Thursday amid a slate of key nominations and appointments making up his climate team. Also announced were Congresswoman […]

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Boosting Local Efforts Key In Resiliency Plan

Access to grants for local governments, tools for better planning and more local participation and training are among the strategies in a multiagency push that’s the next step toward incorporating climate science and resiliency planning throughout North Carolina. Thursday, the state Climate Change Interagency Council, which includes all cabinet-level agencies, wrapped up its review of […]

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Disaster, Parks Funding In COVID-19 Relief Bill

The North Carolina General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a new coronavirus relief package that also includes hurricane, tornado and earthquake assistance. In a brief, two-day session, the legislature passed Thursday the 52-page bill by wide margins in both chambers, clearing the Senate first in a 44-5 vote and followed by the House, which approved the bill 104-10. The […]

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Dorian Damage to Ferry Division Tops $4M

Ferry service employees had to work quickly after Hurricane Dorian to adapt in order to keep the response moving to a devastated Ocracoke Village, North Carolina Department of Transportation officials told a legislative panel last week. The House Transportation Oversight Committee met Thursday to hear an update on the NCDOT Ferry Division’s hurricane response as […]

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