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Don’t get your hopes up: NCDOT says no plans to conserve wetlands area after Hampstead Bypass completed

Last fall the state purchased land (pictured) adjacent to the Topsail High football and track field from a developer for $17.5...

Conservationists aim to turn Eagles Island into ‘Central Park’ for the region

Large areas of the southern tip of the island serve as spoil piles, where the sediment of the Cape Fear River...

Developer proposes 750-home, 300-acre Falls Mist Garden in Rocky Point

The northern end of the property, where a collector road would enter from Highway 210, pass through 250 single-family homes where...

The EPA just rolled back protections for wetlands. What does it mean for Cape Fear region?

Streams temporarily filled by stormwater and wetlands that do not have a direct surface water connection to water bodies may soon...
Structures that "harden" the shoreline, like this wooden bulkhead in Wrightsville Beach, contribute to habitat loss of the natural wetland in low wave energy areas. (Port City Daily/Johanna Ferebee)

Special Series: An in-depth look at the region’s ‘hardening’ shoreline (limited-time free read)

Editor's note: In May 2018, Port City Daily covered southeastern North Carolina's "hardening shoreline." Wrightsville Beach's shoreline is six times "harder" than the state's average....
Concrete-oyster domes can be used to stabilize the shoreline. (Port City Daily/Courtesy North Carolina Coastal Federation)

A softer approach, living shorelines as an alternative to a hardened coast

SOUTHEASTERN, N.C.—Research over the last decade points toward the pursuit of living shorelines for coastal landowners seeking erosion control. But, with regulatory lag and miles of...
Drawing inspiration from Southern Comfort in Downtown Wilmington, the Council of Arts is hoping to commission 50 flytrap sculptures throughout the city (Port City Daily photo/BEN SCHACHTMAN)

Wilmington’s Art Council requests quarter million in grant money to install flytrap sculptures throughout Wilmington

WILMINGTON --- The Venus Flytrap is one of Southeastern North Carolina’s most cherished native species, which is only found in the wild within a...