Environment Archive

More coastal nuisance flooding forecast for coming months

Federal scientists said Wednesday that they expect nuisance flooding to more than double in Norfolk in the coming months. Sea level rise from global warming and the giant weather system El Niño will likely combine to increase the street flooding that causes inconvenience but no major damage, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Norfolk fisherman sentenced for illegal fishing

CHESAPEAKE Commercial fisherman Bi Chao Chen will serve one month in jail after pleading guilty to charges related to an illegal fishing operation in a section of the Elizabeth River known as The Cove. Chen, of Norfolk, was issued fines totaling nearly $6,000 and received one year in jail with all but a month suspended.

Wildlife Center to release eagle Thursday in Williamsburg

JAMES CITY COUNTY The Wildlife Center of Virginia will release an adult female bald eagle Thursday at York River State Park.

Study: Record number of sharks swimming off Southeast coast

OUTER BANKS, N.C. A federal study that was released recently found a record number of sharks swimming off the North Carolina coast. The findings reflect a busy summer during which sharks attacked eight people - the most of any season since record-keeping began.

High temperature means moderate air quality expected today in Hampton Roads

Another day with high temperatures in the 90s means air quality today in Hampton Roads is likely to be moderate. The main pollutant that is expected to contribute to reduced air quality is ozone, also known as smog, according to a notice from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

Study: Oyster deaths possibly linked to Gwynn's Island Bridge work

HUDGINS A study says there's a possible link between oyster larvae deaths at a hatchery last year and rehabilitation work on the Gwynn's Island Bridge in Mathews County.

Project on Ocean View beaches delayed while officials look for better bid

NORFOLK A project to widen a stretch of sand along the Willoughby Spit and East Ocean View beaches will be delayed for three months because officials are seeking a new bid on the work.

Feds threatened with lawsuit over endangered red wolf deaths

RALEIGH, N.C. Wildlife advocacy groups say federal officials violated the Endangered Species Act by allowing landowners to kill red wolves on their properties. A letter to the government Tuesday by the Southern Environmental Law Center says two killings of endangered wolves have been allowed since 2014 after only cursory nonlethal efforts.

Beetle found in Norfolk cargo container first of its kind in the country

NORFOLK A pest never seen before in the United States - a kind of bark beetle - has been found in a cargo container from the port. The "first-in-the-nation" discovery was confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to a U.S. Customs statement released Friday.

Wildlife Center of Virginia to release two bald eagles this week

The Wildlife Center of Virginia will release two rehabilitated bald eagles this week in Stafford and Surry counties. The first eagle will be released today at 11:30 a.m. at Widewater State Park, according to a news release from the center. The park, in development, is located off Brent Point Road.

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