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Hop on Board: The hydrilla guerillas are here
By Gloria Putnam, North Carolina Sea Grant
Eds. note: This Soundings post is republished courtesy of North Carolina Sea Grant. It originally appeared in their new blog, Coastwatch Currents.
I am constantly amazed by what can happen with even a small group of people when lines of communication are open. Just six months ago I helped the Chowan Edenton Environmental Group organize an informational meeting in Edenton on aquatic invasive plants in the Chowan River and Albemarle Sound. It was to be one in a series aimed at raising awareness about local environmental issues and climate change concerns.
I couldn’t have imagined on that cold wet Saturday in February how individuals and organizations would come together in the following weeks and begin addressing Hydrilla verticilla, likely the most threatening aquatic invasive plant to establish itself in the area. But they decided to take this plant and its potential impacts on the health of our estuarine systems seriously.
Hooking the region's best video clips
APNEP's director Bill Crowell explains how the choices we make in Raleigh can affect North Carolina's beautiful estuaries at the coast. Dr. Crowell reports from a Raleigh stream during a storm to help show where the water begins its journey to the sea!
News and information from the Albemarle-Pamlico region and beyond
What to do about pig poop? NC fights a rising tide
10/29/14 12:48 PMOn an overcast day in September, I was buzzing over eastern North Carolina's flat coastal plain in a single-prop Piper Arrow with retired riverkeeper Rick Dove and pilot Bob Epting.
Ocean algal bloom generates interest, but not concern - yet
10/29/14 9:06 AMA reddish-brown tide that appeared Monday along Bodie and Pea islands has piqued the interest of ocean scientists and National Park Service personnel.
David vs. Goliath in North Carolina
10/28/14 10:04 AMIn the predawn darkness of Oct. 28, 1864, arguably the greatest feat of arms in American military history was performed on the Roanoke River at Plymouth, N.C.
Raleigh writer walks trail of 1700s explorer John Lawson
10/28/14 9:11 AMIn his lifelong journey of education and experience, Raleigh writer Scott Huler has embarked on a serial road trip, and each of us is invited to go along.
Virginia re-considering shoreline assistance program
10/28/14 9:10 AMA coalition of organizations is hoping to revitalize a shoreline technical assistance program for Virginia waterfront homeowners that would also help the state meet Chesapeake Bay nutrient and sediment reduction goals.
Comments sought on estuarine plan
10/28/14 9:10 AMThe N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve will hold public meetings and local advisory committee meetings in the coming weeks to receive comments on a five-year update of the N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve’s management plan as required by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Martin Marietta mine case heading to court
10/27/14 11:02 AMThe temporary stay that prevented Martin Marietta Materials from moving forward with a 649-acre limestone mining operation in southern Beaufort County has been lifted. The next step is a summary judgment hearing, likely to be scheduled for January.
McCrory gets coastal issues report at CRC
10/27/14 11:01 AMWILMINGTON — Gov. Pat McCrory says to come up with a vision for coastal North Carolina, state government needs to balance coastal issues such as funding coastal projects, improving dredging of inlets and channels, providing property insurance and addressing federal regulations.
State official talks big plans for port
10/27/14 11:01 AMMOREHEAD CITY — The coastal component of Gov. Pat McCrory’s recently announced 25-year vision for infrastructure investment includes deepening and stabilizing the state port’s harbor and Beaufort Inlet at a 50-foot depth, five feet deeper than the current authorized depth.
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