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North Topsail Beach

Some homes at North Topsail Beach are in trouble.  Electricity, water and sewer have been disconnected at 20 structures due to erosion.  Details on how a project that starts next week could help slow the tide.

Some homes at North Topsail Beach are in trouble. Electricity, water and sewer have been disconnected at 20 structures due to erosion.  This week on the Down East Journal, details on how a project that starts next week could help slow the tide.  And, a free Christmas tour of the antebellum plantation Somerset Place happens Sunday.  We have a preview.  We spotlight eastern North Carolina, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

E. Woodward/UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

Research by a team of coastal scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Science is gaining national recognition.  The study looked at the rate at which oyster reefs grow and if they’ll be able to keep pace with rising sea levels.  After 10 years of study in coastal North Carolina, the results show that oyster reefs grow much faster than previously expected and can also be an effective way of slowing erosion.  Public Radio East's Jared Brumbaugh spoke with Dr.