Environment

Beekeeping service offers hands-off (or on) approach to backyard hives

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WILMINGTON –– Whether it’s driven by the transcendental buzz or a yearning for local honey, interest in beekeeping is climbing. A new consulting and service-based beekeeping business, Seaside Honeybees, seeks to meet bee-interested clients halfway (or at least, in their backyards).  As complex as the insect itself, skilled beekeepers take years to harness the craft. “It’s […]

New Hanover’s Stormwater Services program launches, new fee kicks in next month

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY –– New Hanover County’s new Stormwater Services program will soon be in full swing, with teams embarking on a years-long effort to identify and map out the flow of stormwater in the unincorporated county.  Approved in December 2019, the new program marks the county’s first dedicated foray into on-the-ground stormwater services work.  […]

Wilmington region sees more rainfall in two days than the past two months

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WILMINGTON –– Though the recent rains were enough to lift burn bans in the region, they may not be enough to lift a drought designation, as determined by the U.S. Drought Monitor. Thursday, the Drought Monitor elevated six southeastern N.C. counties’ designation from “moderate” to “severe,” its third-highest ranking of five classifications. RELATED: Region’s water supplier […]

City gets almost everything it wants in Riverfront Park, possibility of river access uncertain

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WILMINGTON — Though it’s a year late and about $11 million over budget, the city’s hallmark Riverfront Park is stirring up buzz after already landing several big acts set to christen the new stage this summer. Construction cost increases led the city to “value engineer” several aspects of the $31 million project with consultants. The […]

Study finds Banks Channel stormwater intervention effective at reducing polluted runoff

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — A collaborative research effort shows the efficacy of a stormwater intervention project installed in Wrightsville Beach.  In a study published in January in the Journal of Environmental Management, UNCW Center for Marine Sciences researchers Amy Grogan and Dr. Michael Mallin charted how an infiltration chamber and pervious surface area reduced both runoff […]
The beach is closed in some parts of Carolina Beach while work continues (Port City Daily/Michael Praats)

Rep. David Rouzer weighs in on unresolved beach nourishment funding debacle

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Four months after first hearing federal funds for shoreline protection operations would not be available to New Hanover County, area officials are still in the process of diagnosing what went wrong and scrapping for replacement funds.  The crux of the dilemma involves beach nourishment — a cyclical process of wrangling nature through sand-moving […]

Region’s water supplier exceeded 100% of its capacity in 2019. Post-pandemic, demand could climb again.

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SOUTHEASTERN, N.C. — Two summers ago, the public utility responsible for delivering raw water to hundreds of thousands of people in the Cape Fear region hit its absolute limits. The system broke its output record around Memorial Day 2019, pumping out more than it’s designed to deliver for three consecutive days May 28-30, peaking at […]

Tri-county officials urge water conservation and fire prevention practices amid moderate drought

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — As temperatures approach the 80s and 90s this weekend along the southeast coast, moderate levels of drought are projected to continue as well. The National Weather Service has noted a rainfall deficit of more than 5 inches since March and is reporting clear skies this weekend, with little chance of rain. Because of […]

Grid improvements ongoing as Duke Energy bolsters infrastructure before hurricane season

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WILMINGTON — Duke Energy trucks clustered near the cobblestone blocks of downtown Wilmington’s Orange Street Tuesday morning, making progress on a multi-year infrastructure improvement project that company officials say will dampen the threat of extreme weather to power lines.  The movement to bolster Duke’s property — with new power lines and poles placed in targeted […]

Brunswick sewer systems so maxed out, a ‘pump and haul’ operation interrupted school pickups

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Two public wastewater treatment plants serving northeastern Brunswick County are so maxed out of treatment capacity, utilities turned to a pump-and-haul arrangement to divert excess flow to a southwestern plant with room to handle it. The operation created chaos for school pick-ups and drop-offs at Town Creek Middle and Elementary Schools. In […]