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The Bat Barometer

When it comes to the environment, even the smallest creatures can send big messages. Kathleen Angione explores a new study making connections between bats and water quality in urban rivers and streams.

Marine Trades Training Boosts Coastal Economy

Visit three coastal community colleges that are filling a gap in workforce training for the boat building industry. Ann Green reveals the hands-on training in a variety of skills.

A River Runs Through It

The Lockwood Folly River flows through one of Brunswick County’s “hot spots” of development. Pam Smith tells the story of a partnership of county officials, state and federal agencies, concerned citizens and environmental groups determined to preserve and enhance the river’s vitality.

Legislature Highlights Waterfront Access

The N.C. General Assembly’s actions in response to recommendations from the N.C. Waterfront Access Study Committee are seen as “first steps” in dealing with the spectrum of waterfront and coastal public access issues.

Coastal Classroom: Misenheimer Offers Real-Life Lessons

This award-winning Carteret County teacher takes her students on a field trip to Bogue Sound, where they plant marsh grass and learn how to pull a seine net.

Getting to Know North Carolina’s Natural Reefs

Scientists get up close and personal with reef fish nearly 2,000 feet below the ocean’s surface. What they find expands our knowledge about North Carolina’s unique — and often underappreciated — offshore reefs.