Beaches http://wunc.org en Park Service Hustles To Staff Cape Hatteras Seashore With Lifeguards http://wunc.org/post/park-service-hustles-staff-cape-hatteras-seashore-lifeguards <p></p><p></p><p>The National Parks Service is trying to keep at least a few lifeguards on the Cape Hatteras Seashore this summer.</p><p></p><p>Federal officials cut the $200,000 program that staffed three beaches seven days a week during the summer.</p><p></p><p>Now, Outer Banks Group Superintendent Barclay Trimble said he wants lifeguard service contractors to offer bids that can accommodate a tighter budget.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:17:28 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 33772 at http://wunc.org Park Service Hustles To Staff Cape Hatteras Seashore With Lifeguards 8 Degree Windchill? Time To Go Paddleboarding http://wunc.org/post/8-degree-windchill-time-go-paddleboarding <p>On the very first "Cold Stroke Classic" in Wrightsville Beach, NC, it was cold. Very cold. It was January after all.</p><p>One of the participants remembers it this way: "Two people actually wore survival suits. Most wore wetsuits with jackets over them. It was around freezing, but still, some people acted like this was some kind of nutty Polar Bear Club dare."</p><p>Turns out, no matter the outside temperature, it's actually not so cold when you stand on a board in the ocean and work your muscles as hard as you can, paddle-racing seven miles around an island. Who knew?</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 16:45:42 +0000 Carol Jackson 28543 at http://wunc.org 8 Degree Windchill? Time To Go Paddleboarding Rip Currents Claim Seven Lives Over 4th of July Weekend http://wunc.org/post/rip-currents-claim-seven-lives-over-4th-july-weekend <p>Dangerous rip currents off the Carolina coast are to blame for the deaths of seven people over the 4th of July holiday. That number is double the average number of rip current deaths in a year. Community leaders are calling the tragedies a wake-up call and are trying to find ways to prevent future drownings.</p><p>Putting signs and red flags up at various beach access points is one of several ideas, says Anthony Marzano, the director of emergency services in Brunswick County, where four of the deaths took place.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:04:33 +0000 Catherine Brand 18763 at http://wunc.org Rip Currents Claim Seven Lives Over 4th of July Weekend New Smartphone App Provides Guide To Outer Banks Beaches http://wunc.org/post/new-smartphone-app-provides-guide-outer-banks-beaches <p>Have you ever visited the North Carolina coast only to have a hard time finding the right public beach access? That’s the situation that Sara Brubaker found herself in when she moved to the Outer Banks three years ago. So Brubaker got in touch with the app development company Inductive Ideas LTD to find a solution to the problem.&nbsp; The result is a new smartphone app called <a href="http://www.obxbeachapp.com/">Take Me to the Beach</a>, a guide to Outer Banks beaches that provides information about public access, beach amenities, lifeguards, and distances from beaches to food and drink. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Laura Candler 18319 at http://wunc.org New Smartphone App Provides Guide To Outer Banks Beaches Report: North Carolina Beach Water Quality Among The Nation's Best http://wunc.org/post/report-north-carolina-beach-water-quality-among-nations-best <p>Environmental advocates say North Carolina's beaches fared well in their latest water quality study.&nbsp; The Natural Resources Defense Council's <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/water/oceans/ttw/ttw2012.pdf">2012 "Testing The Waters" report</a> examined many of the nation's beaches for levels of pollution.&nbsp;<br><br><a href="http://www.nrdc.org/">NRDC</a> researchers found that two percent of samples from North Carolina beaches registered higher than the state's maximum bacterial limit.&nbsp; Jon Devine, a senior attorney with the NRDC, says states like North Carolina are taking steps to stop bacterial contamination. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:06:46 +0000 Gurnal Scott 17939 at http://wunc.org Report: North Carolina Beach Water Quality Among The Nation's Best State Officials Warn Of Dangerous Rip Currents http://wunc.org/post/state-officials-warn-dangerous-rip-currents <p>Safety officials on the coast are trying to make beachgoers more aware of rip currents. Those are the narrow channels of waves that can pull swimmers dangerously far offshore. Signs along North Carolina’s coastline advise visitors to ‘Break the Grip of the Rip.’</p><p>Spencer Rogers is with the governmental research organization <a href="http://www.ncseagrant.org/" target="_blank">North Carolina Sea Grant</a>. He estimates that rip currents account for 80 percent of drowning and says the currents happen almost every day on North Carolina beaches, but are not always dangerous.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:16:27 +0000 Brent Wolfe & Avery Kleinman 16920 at http://wunc.org State Officials Warn Of Dangerous Rip Currents Wrightsville Beach Competition Draws World Class Paddleboarders http://wunc.org/post/wrightsville-beach-competition-draws-world-class-paddleboarders <p>Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) involves a surfboard, a paddle, and lots of abdominal strength. And in the world of sports, it’s catching on fast. That might not be too surprising, since it often involves bathing suits and sunny beaches, too.&nbsp; Starting today, SUP athletes from around the world will compete in the third annual <a href="http://wrightsvillebeachpaddleclub.com/about-the-carolina-cup/">Carolina Cup</a> at Wrightsville Beach. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Laura Candler 13029 at http://wunc.org Wrightsville Beach Competition Draws World Class Paddleboarders NC State Tests Dune Filtration System On Coast http://wunc.org/post/nc-state-tests-dune-filtration-system-coast <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Researchers from NC State have developed a new </span><a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S092585741200362X" style="line-height: 1.5;">stormwater filtration system</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> designed to trap pollutants and bacteria that can often cause beach closures. The new system consists of a series of chambers that divert </span>stormwater<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> runoff into sand dunes, which act like giant filters. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 20:49:11 +0000 Gurnal Scott 12612 at http://wunc.org NC State Tests Dune Filtration System On Coast Environmental Group Pushes for Cleaner Coastal Water http://wunc.org/post/environmental-group-pushes-cleaner-coastal-water <p>An environmental group wants North Carolina's coastal water to be cleaner. The <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/water/oceans/ttw/default.asp">Natural Resources Defense Council's </a>new report on water quality says about three percent of the samples at twelve beaches exceeded bacteria levels <a href="http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/lawsguidance/beachrules/bacteria-rule.cfm">set by the EPA.</a> That's better than the national average of eight percent. Jon Devine is an attorney with the NRDC. He says the biggest cause of pollution on the coast is storm water runoff, but there are solutions.<br> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 13:54:00 +0000 Eric Hodge 2262 at http://wunc.org Rising Tides http://wunc.org/post/rising-tides <p>North Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill that would use historical record rather than scientific methodology to predict rising sea levels. It’s in response to a report released by the <a href="http://dcm2.enr.state.nc.us/CRC/crc.htm" target="_blank">North Carolina Coastal Resource Commission</a>, predicting that the sea level will rise 39 inches by 2100. Thu, 21 Jun 2012 14:06:00 +0000 Frank Stasio & Shawn Wen 4400 at http://wunc.org