News | January 7, 2010

Nature Shows the Folly of a Short Bridge to Hatteras Island

SELC has long advocated a bridge that bypasses the Pea Island refuge and connects to Highway 12 at a more stable section of Hatteras Island. “The science is clear: Between storm events, global climate change, sea-level rise and the general instability of this type of barrier island, the short bridge replacement plan cannot work,” according to a recent op-ed in the Raleigh News & Observer by Stanley R. Riggs, distinguished research professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at East Carolina University, and Julie Youngman, a senior attorney at SELC.