Environment http://wunc.org en Panel Meets To Look At Sea-Level Rise... Again http://wunc.org/post/panel-meets-look-sea-level-rise-again <p></p><p>The panel responsible for studying sea-level rise along North Carolina's coast met Monday in New Bern. It was the first meeting under a new mandate to look at the forecast for sea-level rise for a shorter time period.</p><p>Four years ago the Coastal Resources Commission's science panel issued a dire report saying oceans could rise 39 inches by the year 2100. The state then issued a moratorium on using that prediction for policy purposes. The new guidelines for the science panel call for a 30-year prediction.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:05:09 +0000 WUNC News 39386 at http://wunc.org Panel Meets To Look At Sea-Level Rise... Again 'SolarBees' Poised To Churn Jordan Lake http://wunc.org/post/solarbees-poised-churn-jordan-lake <p>State environmental officials are overseeing the installation of special machines in Jordan Lake starting today.&nbsp;</p><p>SolarBees are water circulators intended to prevent algae from storm water runoff from forming in the lake.&nbsp; Installers are placing a total of 36 machines: 12 in the Haw River arm of the lake and 24 more in the Morgan Creek tributary. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:16:31 +0000 Gurnal Scott 39369 at http://wunc.org 'SolarBees' Poised To Churn Jordan Lake Today Is The Deadline For April 25th Storm, Tornado Disaster Loans http://wunc.org/post/today-deadline-april-25th-storm-tornado-disaster-loans <p></p><p>Victims of severe storms and tornadoes that swept through 12 coastal counties in late April are eligible for federal disaster relief loans, if they turn in their <a href="https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/">applications </a>today.</p><p></p><p>Business and homeowners, and renters, can apply for loans of varying levels from the Small Business Association. Interest rates are from 2 to 3 percent and can be paid off over 30 years.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:55:24 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 38928 at http://wunc.org Today Is The Deadline For April 25th Storm, Tornado Disaster Loans Jordan Lake’s Managers Authorize Lake-Stirring Trial To Prevent Algae Growth http://wunc.org/post/jordan-lake-s-managers-authorize-lake-stirring-trial-prevent-algae-growth <p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:09:30 +0000 Jorge Valencia 38842 at http://wunc.org Jordan Lake’s Managers Authorize Lake-Stirring Trial To Prevent Algae Growth Problematic Section Of NC-12 Will Have Beach Widened http://wunc.org/post/problematic-section-nc-12-will-have-beach-widened <p></p><p>The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $20.3 million contract for beach re-nourishment just north of Rodanthe. The contract is going to the same Illinois dredging company that re-nourished the beach in Nags Head just before Hurricane Irene hit the area in 2011, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, of Illinois.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:32:46 +0000 WUNC News 38685 at http://wunc.org Problematic Section Of NC-12 Will Have Beach Widened North Carolina Continues To Grapple With Deadly 'Piglet' Virus http://wunc.org/post/north-carolina-continues-grapple-deadly-piglet-virus <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The New York Times reports Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea or PED virus killed an estimated 100,000 young pigs each week across the country since the virus was detected last May.</p><p>North Carolina continues to suffer.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.ncagr.gov/vet/Livestock/documents/ResponsetoWaterkeeperAlliance.pdf">North Carolina Department of Agriculture </a>says, no doubt, PED has been a nasty virus and has taken an emotional and financial toll on hog farmers.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:43:15 +0000 Leoneda Inge 38573 at http://wunc.org North Carolina Continues To Grapple With Deadly 'Piglet' Virus #Arthur: Snapshots Of A Storm http://wunc.org/post/arthur-snapshots-storm <p><strong>Updated July 4 7:15 a.m.: </strong>Hurricane Arthur is still a category two hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour. It is moving off the coast, but has left flood waters and downed trees across the Outer Banks. The National Weather Service says the storm surge was as high as four feet overnight.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Carol Jackson 38364 at http://wunc.org #Arthur: Snapshots Of A Storm Arthur Leaves Flooding, Power Outages Along Outer Banks http://wunc.org/post/arthur-leaves-flooding-power-outages-along-outer-banks <p></p><p><strong>Update: Highway 12 Could Reopen Saturday</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Pat </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the North Carolina coast took less damage than expected from Hurricane Arthur. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The storm moved north between the Outer Banks and the mainland as a Category 2 hurricane. &nbsp;Emergency management officials are reporting downed trees and widespread power outages in their damage assessments this morning, but no injuries have been reported. &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:31:58 +0000 Will Michaels 38418 at http://wunc.org Arthur Leaves Flooding, Power Outages Along Outer Banks Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar Is Defiant In Hurricane Arthur's Wake http://wunc.org/post/awful-arthurs-oyster-bar-defiant-hurricane-arthurs-wake <div>Hurricane Arthur is continuing its path toward North Carolina's Outer Banks. Residents on Hatteras Island are under a mandatory evacuation order. But many other residents and business operators in Dare County are taking a wait-and-see approach to the storm. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Karen Overbey is a manager at the aptly-named <a href="http://www.awfularthursobx.com/">Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar in Kill Devil Hills</a>. &nbsp;She says the hurricane hasn't driven their customers away so far.</div><div> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:33:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 38404 at http://wunc.org Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar Is Defiant In Hurricane Arthur's Wake OBX Residents, Visitors Flee Hurricane Arthur http://wunc.org/post/obx-residents-visitors-flee-hurricane-arthur <p></p><p>Category one Hurricane Arthur has maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.</p><p></p><p>Hatteras Island residents have begun a mandatory evacuation this morning, and a State of Emergency has been issued for all of Dare County. Hyde County has issued a voluntary evacuation for Ocracoke Island for 2 p.m. today.</p><p></p><p>National Weather Service Meteorologist Lara Pagano said North Carolinians can expect to feel the effects of the hurricane's outer bands today.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:50:52 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 38356 at http://wunc.org OBX Residents, Visitors Flee Hurricane Arthur