We hear an update on the construction of the high rise bridge from Morehead City to Beaufort.
Communing between the coastal communities of Beaufort and Morehead City will be a lot less stressful once a new high rise bridge is operational over Gallants Channel. The project, which has been in the works for 20 years, is well on its way to completion.
Over 60 residents have a new place to call home. A 2.2 million dollar facility recently opened its doors in Greenville. The high-tech shelter is called Community Crossroads Place. Sarah Finch speaks with the Executive Director Bob Williams about how the new space will help them better serve the homeless in Pitt County.
Parks and museums across the state have begun preparing for Governor McCrory’s Connect NC investment program and the funding it would provide them. Lee Jenkins spoke with the directors for Hammocks Beach Park and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum about what the program would mean for their facilities.
Large floating mats of red algae continue to wash up on some parts of the coast choking out native plants and animal species. This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with North Carolina Coastal Reserve Research Biologist Byron Toothman about the impacts of this quickly-growing, invasive seaweed and how it’s altering our coastal ecosystem.
It's summer-time, the flowers are in bloom and butterflies and bees are doing what they’ve always done. But there’s been a decline in their numbers here in North Carolina and around the United States. A new federal plan aims to reverse trend with an “all hands on deck” approach. Sarah Finch has more.
Black sea bass are making a comeback in North Carolina after the species was overfished a decade ago. We visit the Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City where they’re using ear bones from hundreds of black sea bass to learn which habitats along our coast best support the fishery.
When the U.S. Coast Guard responds to an emergency off the North Carolina coast, they don’t expect the call for help to be a hoax. Unfortunately, these events occur more than you think. Responding to false distress calls is not only expensive, it can put rescue personnel in dangerous situations. A local man was recently sentenced to prison for making hoax calls to the U.S. Coast Guard in October 2013. Sarah Finch has more.
It’s the familiar fable of the boy who cried wolf, but in this case, with very costly consequences.
The North Carolina Humanities Council is hosting a five week book group offering local veterans a place to share experiences and connect with veterans in discussion of literature related to war and homecoming. Mac McKee speaks with Executive Director Paula Watkins about the bi-monthly program at the Havelock-Craven County Public Library.
Recent events have led to an interest in the 50 shark species that call our coast home. This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with Assistant Professor at the Institute of Marine Sciences Dr. Joel Fodrie about how this apex predator is actually an integral part of the coastal ecosystem.
Fortunately, dangerous interactions between humans and sharks are extremely rare. The fact that three unprovoked shark attacks have happened along our coast within days of each other is also very unusual. Now, many beachgoers are scared to enter the water.
This week on the Down East Journal, we take part in drone testing with the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort. From tracking sea turtles off our coast to collecting information about marine debris, drones are proving beneficial to coastal scientists. And, traffic congestion around Camp Lejeune has police cracking down on motorist blocking a major intersection.
We take part in drone testing with the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort. From tracking sea turtles off our coast to collecting information about marine debris, drones are proving beneficial to coastal scientists.
From Amazon’s package delivery drone to the Air Force’s mighty MQ-1 Predator, unmanned aerial vehicles come in a variety of shapes and sizes. At the coast, marine scientists are working on new ways to apply the technology, with promising results.
Jacksonville Police are aggressively issuing citations to drivers who block major intersections during busy commuter periods along Lejeune Boulevard. Sarah Finch has more.
Motorists in Jacksonville are all too familiar with traffic congestion, especially around Camp Lejeune in the morning and afternoon. And the problem didn’t get any better when the Marine Corp base closed one of their gates on May 27th. Camp Lejeune Public Affairs Director Nat Fahy says they shut down the gate for security reasons, and to free up military personnel to manage other base entrances.
Dr. Rick Leuttich, director of the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences and the UNC Center for Natural Hazards and Disasters, uses computer modeling to predict storm surge from hurricanes and the areas effected.
Predicting the frequency and severity of coastal storms isn’t an exact science. But a new North Carolina based partnership is seeking to better predict and mitigate impacts from hurricanes and tropical storms. Public Radio East’s Jared Brumbaugh has more.
In a nation-wide push by the Marine Corps to reduce energy costs and consumption, Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point have begun training troops to cut down on power bills and bad habits. Sarah Finch has more.
Despite a downward trend, a recent report shows commercial fishing catch in 2014 was up. Jared Brumbaugh speaks with North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries Trip Ticket Program Coordinator Alan Bianchi about the latest numbers, which show a 23% increase over the previous year.
A hybrid sport called "footgolf" is growing in popularity since it was introduced in the U.S. four years ago. It's even spreading into eastern North Carolina with certified courses in Greenville, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount and Wilmington. Whether you'd like to show off your footgolf skills or try it out for the first time, the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina is holding a footgolf tournament in Greenville on Saturday May 30th. Proceeds from the event will support the non-profit.