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State recreational water quality officials today lifted a precautionary advisory against swimming in the ocean at the junction of Seawatch Way and Fort Fisher Road North in Kure Beach. 

The Division of Energy, Mineral, and Land Resources (DEMLR) plans to hold a public hearing on the Hood Creek Soils mining permit application on August 26, 2021. The application for Mining Permit No. 14-14 (Pending) is for a soil and rock mining operation in Caldwell County.

State recreational water quality officials today issued a precautionary advisory against swimming in the ocean at the junction of Seawatch Way and Fort Fisher Road North in Kure Beach.

An advisory against swimming was posted today at a sound-side site in Carteret County, where state recreational water quality officials found bacteria levels in the water that exceed the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s recreational water quality standards.

N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Resources (DWR) advises the public to avoid contact with green or blue water in the Chowan River due to an algal bloom that has lingered in the area since July 27, 2021.

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a workshop at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 with the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee to review draft Amendment 3 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan.

State recreational water quality officials today advised beachgoers to be aware of the floodwaters being pumped to the ocean surf in Oak Island. Surfers and swimmers should avoid these sites.

Governor Roy Cooper announced today $153 million in loans and grants to help pay for 48 drinking water and wastewater projects statewide.

 

 

RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will host a digital public hearing on Tuesday, August 31 on a draft permit modification for the Ecolab, Inc. facility located at the Port of Wilmington in New Hanover county.

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission is accepting public comment on proposed amendments and re-adoption of 56 rules under a state-mandated periodic review schedule.

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Secretary’s Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory Board will hold its meeting Monday, August 23, in the Archdale Ground Floor Hearing Room. The public is invited to either attend in person, or listen to the meeting online or by phone.  Based on current guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19, public seating will be limited and face coverings are recommended for all attendees.

State recreational water quality officials today lifted a precautionary swimming advisory in Oak Island. The advisory was lifted because floodwaters have rescinded, and pumping has ceased.

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will host a digital public hearing on Monday, August 30 on a draft permit modification for Flowers Timber Company, Inc. located in Wayne county.

The North Carolina Oil and Gas Commission will meet virtually on Tuesday, Aug. 10, beginning at 10 a.m. The public may join the meeting by computer or phone.

The state Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board will meet on Monday, August 2, via WebEx, to discuss public health risk assessment tools.