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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.
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In 2011 researchers from the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences tested the experimental reuse of crab pots to create new oyster habitat. The project was funded in part by a grant from APNEP.
News and information from the Albemarle-Pamlico region and beyond
Hogs after Floyd: Nothing's changed
9/18/14 2:21 PMOne of the more striking horrors of Hurricane Floyd’s insidious floodwaters was illustrated in graphic photographs of dead animals. Millions and millions of drowned turkeys, chickens and pigs littered the landscape of coastal North Carolina.
The legacy of Hurricane Floyd
9/18/14 2:20 PMFor nine days in the late summer of 1999, Tropical Storm Dennis tortured the N.C. coast. It sat offshore pounding the beaches, striking once and turning around to strike again, and soaking a wide swath of the coastal plain.
Cape Carteret ponds due for makeover
9/18/14 2:18 PMThe designs are complete, easements have been obtained and the N.C. Coastal Federation will soon file for necessary state and federal permits for the long-awaited improvements at two Cape Carteret storm water ponds that have been non-functional eyesores in recent years.
Apparent fish shortage on the lower Pamlico River
9/16/14 3:12 PMIt was really encouraging in early May and late June to see how the fishing for speckled trout and puppy drum had obviously survived last winter’s cold spells
Opinion: The sea-level challenge
9/16/14 3:12 PMLast month, a state-appointed science panel announced it had started work on a project that may sound dry and technical – a five-year update of the N.C. Sea Level Rise Assessment Report. Recent history, however, suggests this panel is unlikely to remain obscure for long.
Agreement in the works over Bonner replacement
9/16/14 3:11 PMThe North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Southern Environmental Law Center are working toward a compromise that would allow work to begin on the stalled project to replace the aging Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet.
Plans for natural gas pipeline worry some in Nash County
9/16/14 3:11 PMRED OAK, N.C. — A plan by Duke Energy and Virginia-based Dominion Resources to build a $5 billion natural gas pipeline through eastern North Carolina is receiving mixed feedback in one Nash County town, where residents are split on the move, which could be an economic boon for the area.
Broken sewer line puts 1 million gallons into F-V creek
9/16/14 3:03 PMFUQUAY-VARINA — A broken sewer line put an estimated 1 million gallons of untreated wastewater into a local creek late last week, according to town officials.
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