News from Across the American Shoreline

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Sticky Tape: Pebble leaders caught on video confirming project rumors

have to believe there's more than one reason Northern Dynasty Minerals and Pebble Limited Partnership have struggled to secure investors for a literal gold mine. Could one of them be that they're not quite as slick as they think they are? [Editor's note: This editorial has been updated to include a response from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.]

Southeast
Property

FL - Florida Braces for a Storm of Homeowners Insurance Rate Hikes

Climate and financial markets combined to keep policies artificially cheap for years.

Southeast
Property

FL - Bay County Beaches Recovering From Increased Levels of Bacteria After Hurricane Sally

PANAMA CITY BEACH — A local expert said the torrential rains from Hurricane Sally are largely to blame for the recent uptick in bacteria levels at Bay County beaches.

Coastwide
Waterways

USA - Lawmakers Push for Navigation Dredging on Missouri River

Republican lawmakers along the southern portion of the Missouri River this week are writing the Army Corps of Engineers seeing more dredging for navigation on the river.

Arctic & Antarctica
Science

ANT - Global Warming May Lead to Practically Irreversible Antarctic Melting

A study outlines a series of temperature-related tipping points for the continent’s ice sheets

Northeast
Aquaculture

ME - Aquaculture Industry Qualifies for Relief

ELLSWORTH — If it wasn’t clear before last week, there’s a big election just a few weeks away.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MI - Construction Continues on New Lock at Soo Locks With Contract Awarded for Phase 2

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (WXYZ) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday that the second phase of new lock in the Soo Locks has been given a contract.

International
Energy

UK - CGG Completes First Phase of Largest Ever Seafloor Survey in UK Central North Sea

CGG has announced the completion of the first phase of its largest ever seafloor survey in the UK central North Sea (CNS).

Southeast
Engineering

FL - New FIU Program Aimed at Making a More Resilient Florida

Florida’s efforts to bounce back from disaster could get a boost with the launch of a new interdisciplinary program at Florida International University’s Institute of Environment.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

SC - CCA SC Donates Tags and Receivers to Help With Important Cobia Research

For over two decades, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) has been a leader in cobia research.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - Informational Meeting Set for Proposed Kaanapali Beach Restoration and Berm Enhancement Project

KAANAPALI — The state Department of Land & Natural Resources’ Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands (OCCL) will hold an informational meeting on the proposed Kaanapali Beach Restoration and Berm Enhancement Project at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24.

International
Science

World - Critical Zone Science Comes of Age

The developing field, which unites Earth scientists to examine the planet’s surface as a single, unified entity, is unraveling the complex, interconnected processes that support life on Earth.

International
Science

AUS - Scientists Just Visited the Depths of the Great Barrier Reef for First Time

Scientists recently visited the deepest portions of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Coastwide
Property

USA - Why the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Has Spun Out of Control

By late spring, the consensus among experts was unsettlingly clear: 2020 would be an abnormally active hurricane season. What the experts didn't anticipate was just how wild things would get.

Northeast
Waterways

NY - Gowanus Canal Dredging to Start Mid-November: EPA

Barge-mounted excavators will start dredging the Gowanus Canal in mid-November, scooping out more than a century’s worth of contaminated sediment from the channel bed, the federal cleanup’s project manager said at a Tuesday meeting with local watchdogs of the project.

Northeast
Engineering

NJ - Army Corps Partners With Community for First Line of Coastal Defense

Hurricane Isaias stormed up the east coast of the United States in early August, bringing heavy rain and winds up to 85 mph to the shores of flood-prone Port Monmouth, New Jersey.

Caribbean
Tourism

Caribbean - Sargassum Continues to Swamp Environment & Economy in Caribbean Sea

For almost ten years, coastal resorts and communities in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico region have been blindsided by the problem of rotting sargassum washing up to shore, threatening ecosystems and local economies.

International
Science

World - Flood Risks: More Accurate Data Due to COVID-19

Emerging use of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) makes it possible to continuously measure shallow changes in elevation of Earth surface.

Great Lakes
Property

MI - Lawmakers Consider State Task Force for Flooding and Erosion Issues

LANSING -- State lawmakers are exploring a new task force aimed at combating flooding and soil erosion, a problem that Michigan has been experiencing most recently with Great Lakes water levels hitting record heights this past spring and summer.

Coastwide
Waterways

USA - On the Level: How NOAA Water Data Updates Help Maritime Shippers

In-depth tide data and benchmark verification project will take dozens of experts years to complete.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - LIPA Seeks $350M Bridge Loan to Cover Isaias Costs

The LIPA board of trustees on Wednesday will vote on whether to allow the authority to borrow up to $350 million as a "bridge" loan to cover the costs of restoration from Tropical Storm Isaias until the utility is reimbursed for the costs by the federal government.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

SC - S.C. Ports Sees Further Recovery Amid Pandemic

With August volumes continuing to trend upward, S.C. Ports Authority imports are returning to, and at times exceeding, pre-pandemic levels, pointing to ongoing recovery, the SCPA said in a news release.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

USA - Shad Recovery Efforts Not Paying Off, Study Shows

The American shad’s Atlantic population remains at a historic low, despite longstanding commercial fishing bans in several states and millions of dollars invested in restoring the fish’s habitat.

Southeast
Property

FL - Navarre Beach Lost About 100 Million Cubic Yards of Sand During Hurricane Sally

Navarre Beach lost an estimated 100 million cubic yards of sand during Hurricane Sally, and officials are racing to tally the full extent of the damage to secure as much funding as possible to restore the beach.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

CAN - 'Bringing Beaches Back to Life': The First Nations Restoring Ancient Clam Gardens

In the Pacific north-west, local people work the shoreline, creating conditions for useful species to thrive

Northeast
Property

NE - 82 Years Later, Remembering the Great New England Hurricane of 1938, One of the Deadliest Storms in Recorded History

In May of 1938, a Rhode Island high school sophomore by the name of Philip C. Greene wrote a poem that would later seem like a harbinger of the natural disaster that would befall so many New England communities like his in the months to follow.

Northeast
Property

CT - Yale Report Shows Alarming Climate Impacts in University's Own Backyard

As Yale’s researchers scan the globe to see the impacts of climate change, a new report out of the School of Public Health underscores a risk much closer to home.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

TX - Close Call With Storm Renews Debate Over Houston Barrier

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Houston, a Gulf Coast city that barely rises above sea level, has long worried about a worst-case weather scenario — a direct hit from a powerful storm that sends a wall of water barreling into the region’s petrochemical facilities, possibly triggering an environmental disaster.

Coastwide
Property

USA - Hidden Epidemics: Disasters Are Driving a Mental Health Crisis

The smell of smoke can put Rocklynn Culp of Twisp, Wash., on edge. It’s an inescapable reminder of the 2014 Carlton Complex fire, which, when it happened, was the largest wildfire in Washington state history.

Northeast
Energy

ME - Maine Company Looks to Tidal Power as Renewable Energy's Next Generation

After years of development, tidal and river energy supporters say the technology is on the cusp of wider commercial deployment, especially if it can win federal support.

International
Science

World - Exploring the Widespread Impacts of Ongoing Nitrogen Pollution

The release of reactive nitrogen into the environment is having severe and ongoing ecosystem, economic, and human health impacts. How can we reduce our nitrogen footprint?

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

VA - Virginia Lawmakers Ask Trump for Offshore Drilling Exemption

A group of Democratic congressmembers from Virginia wrote to President Donald Trump this week requesting their state be granted a moratorium on offshore oil and gas development that, so far, as only been granted to states led by Republicans.

Coastwide
Waterways

USA - Biggest Ship Ever Seen on Mississippi Would Leave No Wake, Haul Load of 2,375 Trucks

A Miami ship line proposes an untried design never seen on the world’s rivers and yet conceived to haul as much cargo as 2,375 highway trucks while never churning up a dangerous wall of water behind it.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

HI - Sea Level Rise Could Cost Hawaii up to 40% of Its Beaches by 2050, Study Shows

As much as 40% of Hawaii's beaches could be lost to sea level rise by 2050, a new study predicts.

International
Science

World - A New Ship’s Mission: Let the Deep Sea Be Seen

In 2014, when crude oil was selling for more than $100 a barrel, the cost of a new drill ship for oil exploration could run to $100 million.

International
Waterways

World - Lines Ultra-Large Containership Focus Hits Ports With Limited Berth Space, Draught

A focus on ultra-large vessels by container lines to manage capacity during the Covid-19 pandemic is impacting smaller ports with limited berth and draught.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

NC - Florence's Financial Toll Clearer Two Years On

Two years ago this month Hurricane Florence hit the coast of North Carolina, leaving in its path billions in damage.

International
Energy

UK - New Windfarm to Create 240 North East Green Jobs

The construction and operation of the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, Dogger Bank, has created 240 green jobs for the North-East.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

LA - Entergy Provides Update on Hurricane Laura

Unprecedented restoration and rebuild work continues

Southeast
Property

FL - Perdido Keys?! Hurricane Sally Cuts Eastern Tip of Barrier Island Into Three Sections

Hurricane Sally gouged three breaches into the eastern tip of Perdido Key, separating the isolated stretch of barrier island into three small islands.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

TX - Part of Galveston's 61st Street Pier, a Popular Fishing Spot, Washed up on a Nearby Beach

GALVESTON — A wooden platform from a damaged fishing pier washed up on a Galveston beach on Monday, an early warning sign from Tropical Storm Beta, which is slowly approaching the southeast Texas coast.

Northeast
Advocacy

ME - New Coastal Park System Conserves More Than 13 Miles of Down East Coastline

Cobscook Shores, a new system of parks scattered along the coast of eastern Maine, will celebrate its grand opening on Memorial Day 2021.

Coastwide
Waterways

USA - Manson Construction Co. Announces Contract to Build Largest U.S. Hopper Dredge

Seattle-based Manson Construction Co. announced the execution of a contract for the construction of a 15,000 cubic yard hopper dredge with Keppel AmFELS.

Arctic & Antarctica
Science

ARC - Arctic Sea Ice Falls to Second Lowest Level on Record

A 'crazy' year of heat waves and forest fires has led to Arctic sea ice melting to the second lowest level on record, according to a new study.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

NC - President to Add North Carolina to Executive Order Barring New Oil Drilling Leases Through 2032

President Donald Trump will reportedly extend a moratorium on new leases for oil and natural gas drilling off the North Carolina coast for at least the next decade.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

LA - Louisiana Lawmaker Paid to Push Proposed Pipeline Through Black, Indigenous Communities

Dorothy Ingram is among dozens of Raceland, Louisiana residents who say they’ve received few details about a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cut through historic Black churches and graveyards in their community, which sits about 40 miles west of New Orleans.

Northeast
Fisheries

David Abel's Documentary Film -- Lobster War: The Fight Over The World's Richest Fishing Grounds -- is Now Available On-Line

Lobster War is an award-winning film about a climate-fueled conflict between the US and Canada over waters both countries have claimed since the end of the Revolutionary War. “Lobster War” is finally available online and on TV! The film is about how climate change has affected a centuries-old conflict between the US and Canada over some of the world’s richest fishing grounds. Stream it now at links provided here

Southeast
Property

FL - Study Investigates Hurricane Evacuations in the Era of COVID-19

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 21)- The 2020 hurricane season is breaking records with 23 named storms, and more are projected to develop over the next few weeks.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Gulf of Mexico - Hurricane Sally's Onshore Industry Loss Could Reach $3bn: AIR Worldwide

Catastrophe risk modelling firm AIR Worldwide (AIR) has estimated that the insured cost of onshore property damages resulting from Hurricane Sally will be between $1 billion and $3 billion.

Arctic & Antarctica
Energy

ARC - Amid Growing Concern Over Arctic Petroleum, Big European Lenders Have Confidence in Russia's New Grand LNG Project

Green energy transition and industrial pressure on local Arctic environments notwithstanding, major financial institutions from Europe and Asia are ready to grant $9.5 billion to the Arctic LNG 2 project, Reuters reports.

International
Science

World - 66 Million Years of Earth's Climate Uncovered From Ocean Sediments

Changes in the Earth’s climate over the last 66 million years have been revealed in unprecedented detail , highlighting four distinctive climatic states and the natural million- and thousand-year variability that Earth’s climate has experienced.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Gulf of Mexico - Tropical Storm Beta To Bring More Flooding To A Storm-Weary Gulf Coast

A storm-weary Gulf Coast bears down for another day of storms and potential flooding on Monday as Tropical Storm Beta prepares to make landfall along the Texas coastline.

Northeast
Aquaculture

ME - Maine Shellfish Farmers Gaining Confidence With Scallops

Japanese ‘ear-hanging’ processing techniques and equipment helping to build a micro-industry

Great Lakes
Waterways

WI - Fontana Teams With Private Marina on Harbor Cleanup Study

FONTANA – A study on the causes of messy sediment buildup in the Abbey Harbor will be a public-private venture.

International
Energy

NOR - Norway to Launch $2.7 Billion Longship Carbon Capture and Storage Project

The Norwegian government has submitted a proposal to Norwegian Parliament to launch “the greatest climate project in Norwegian industry ever” – the carbon capture and storage (CCS) project named Longship.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

HI - Hawai'ian Reefs Lost Almost Half Their Fish to Pollution and Fishing

A new study has found a 45% decline in the biomass of important fish species in West Hawai‘i’s reefs across a 10-year period.

International
Property

CAN - Hurricane Teddy to Stay off US coast, Bear Down on Canada

Powerful Hurricane Teddy will set its sights on Atlantic Canada for the middle of the week.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

DE - Army Corps Awards Contract for Renourishment in Bethany, South Bethany

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District announced on Sept. 21 that it had awarded a contract to Weeks Marine Inc. for $11.1 million to conduct the periodic nourishment of the Bethany & South Bethany Coastal Storm Risk Management project in Delaware.

Pacific Northwest
Property

OR - We Know Climate Change Set the Conditions for Oregon Fires. Did It Stoke the Flames, Too?

The extreme weather conditions that led into the Labor Day weekend wildfires were unlike anything Oregon’s seen before but could become more frequent.

International
Waterways

South Africa - Coastal and Marine Economy: Can It Be Salvaged From the Impacts of Poor Water Quality?

South Africa has one of the highest unemployment (currently above 31% and growing, worsened by Covid-19), poverty stricken and unequal societies in the world.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

AL - Governor Surveys Damage From Hurricane Sally

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey held press conferences in Gulf Shores and Dauphin Island after touring the storm damaged Alabama Gulf Coast, which was battered by Hurricane Sally last week.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

LA - The Vulnerable: Laura Proves It's Time to Rethink How We Handle Hurricanes

Hunkered down in a Metairie hotel, 50-year-old Ron Thomas scrolled through his phone, staring at photos of the storm-ravaged home he shares with his fiancee and his 73-year-old mother in northern Lake Charles. 

International
Engineering

World - Study Proposes Making EV Batteries From Deep-Sea Rocks

Researchers from the University of Delaware in the US and Canadian deep-sea mining specialist DeepGreen claim that metal rocks found on the deep-ocean floor could represent a far less environmentally damaging source of EV battery metals than conventional approaches

Southeast
Property

FL - GUEST EDITORIAL: Florida Is at Risk for Sea Level Rise, and State Lawmakers Must Act Now

Throughout our history, Floridians have reveled in our state’s natural resources. With our miles of beautiful beaches, gorgeous coastline, and ample sunshine, it is no wonder our state is a destination for people from across the globe.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - SPI to Submit Project Applications for Coastal Management

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — From data collection and public access enhancement to coastal hazard and resiliency planning, this program annually seeks coastal project applications.

Northeast
Property

MA - Falmouth Could Abandon An Iconic Coastal Road Within 30 Years

A new report sets a timeline for Falmouth to make a historic retreat from its iconic Surf Drive coastal roadway in the face of sea level rise, flooding, and other impacts of climate change.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

WA - Gillnetters Approve, Anglers Reel at Columbia River Salmon Policy Change

A recent update to the state’s Columbia River salmon management policy to change harvest allocations and allow commercial gillnetting on the main stem has anglers reeling.

West Coast
Waterways

CA - Innovative New Whale Detection System Aims to Prevent Ships From Striking Animals

Whale Safe launches in Southern California waters to help reduce deaths of the iconic marine mammals

Coastwide
Engineering

USA - As Climate Change Poses an Increasing Risk, Coastal Cities Rethink Engineering to Protect Against Storms

As this active hurricane season continues. more coastal cities are changing how they build as a way to prevent against the effects of climate change.

Coastwide
Energy

USA - U.S. Wants Bankrupt Offshore Drillers To Pick Up The Tab For Abandoned Wells

The U.S. Department of the Interior is proposing a regulation that will not allow oil producers to avoid picking up their offshore well decommissioning tab when they go bankrupt, the acting director of the department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Walter Cruickshank, told Bloomberg.

Southeast
Property

FL - Hurricane Teddy to Batter Brevard Beaches With 11-foot Waves, Rip Currents Through Tuesday

Large breaking waves measuring 5 to 11 feet will strike the Space Coast surf zone through Tuesday as Hurricane Teddy treks northward far offshore, the National Weather Service warns.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Gulf of Mexico - 'Nurdle Patrol' Survey Finds Plastic Pellets on Almost Every Louisiana and Texas Beach

At Grand Isle State Park, on a sandy beach popular with sunbathers and anglers, Jace Tunnell pointed to the tide line and its usual scattering of litter: milk jugs, water bottles, candy wrappers, plastic bags.

International
Fisheries

CAN - Fisheries Minister Asking Sides to Meet to De-Escalate Lobster Fishing Tensions

SAULNIERVILLE, N.S. — Tensions and frustrations relating to lobster fishing continued to climb in southwestern Nova Scotia on Sept. 18.

Northeast
Tourism

ME - Late Summer Boost Helps Some Maine Tourism Businesses Stay Afloat

By some measures, Maine defied expectations that restrictions prompted by the coronavirus pandemic would doom small and seasonal businesses dependent on annual mobs of tourists.

Coastwide
Federal

USA - Beyer, Rooney Introduce Legislation to Boost NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Program

Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA-08) and Francis Rooney (R-FL) today introduced the Strengthening Coastal Communities Act, bipartisan legislation that would direct offshore wind revenues to NOAA’s Coastal Resilience Grants Program.

Northeast
Local

MA - Climate Change on a Local Level

In early September, the Coastal Resiliency Advisory Committee for Nantucket adopted September as Climate Change Awareness month, followed swiftly by a proclamation by Nantucket Select Board.

Northeast
Tourism

NJ - Belmar Beach Revenues Roll In at $4.9 Million, Surpassing 400000 Badges Sold During Summer of COVID-19

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar raked in more than $4.9 million in beach access revenues this season — selling nearly 105,000 more beach badges over the previous year.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Everglades Restoration to 'Get the Water Right' Estimated at $7.4 Billion Through 2030

MIAMI — Everglades restoration projects will require about $7.4 billion over the next 10 years, compared with $6 billion spent through 2019, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said while presenting a draft of its work schedule.

Hawaii & Alaska
Local

HI - The Shark Keepers: How One Hawaiian Family Is Reclaiming Its Legacy

This father-and-son duo are pushing for more culturally sensitive methods for academic shark research. Will the University of Hawaii listen?

Northeast
Science

ME - UMaine Marine Geologist Archives Change in Maine Landscapes

SACO - Every year since 1982, Joseph Kelley captured photos of the fastest deteriorating portion of Maine’s coast, located in Camp Ellis, for use in his work as a state marine geologist, and research and teaching at the University of Maine.

International
Science

World - Underwater Earthquakes’ Sound Waves Reveal Changes in Ocean Warming

Sound waves traveling thousands of kilometers through the ocean may help scientists monitor climate change.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

USA - NFIP’s Flood Losses Expected to Be ‘Significant’ from Hurricane Sally: AM Best

Hurricane Sally is not expected to cause a major insurance loss – compared to events such as the ongoing wildfires in California, Oregon, and Washington, or Hurricane Laura, according to AM Best.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

USA - Hurricane Sally’s Major Flooding Exposes Flaws in FEMA Maps

Tens of thousands of homeowners face financial losses because they were not considered to be in a flood zone and were not required to have insurance

Great Lakes
Engineering

MI - Frankfort residents come out against seawall on public beach

FRANKFORT, MI — After a public outcry a Frankfort condominium association withdrew a request for an easement to build a stone revetment seawall on a city-owned beach.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

HI - Editorial: Coastal erosion threatens parks

Baldwin Beach Park’s doomed pavilion is a “poster child” for the damage coastal erosion and sea level rise cause.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Conservationists Split Over Poseidon Desal Project's Potential to Help Bolsa Chica Wetlands

Along a Huntington Beach coastline dotted with oil rigs and a power plant, one of California’s largest remaining saltwater marshes has been a source of pride for local environmentalists.

International
Science

World - Can Pumping up Cold Water From Deep Within the Ocean Halt Coral Bleaching?

The risk of severe coral bleaching--a condition in which corals lose their symbiotic algae, called zooxanthellae--is five times more frequent today than it was forty years ago.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Gulf of Mexico - Thousands Lose Power as Hurricane Sally Approaches the Gulf Coast

Flooding, power outages and bridge closures spread throughout coastal Alabama and Northwest Florida Tuesday night as Hurricane Sally battered the region.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

NC - Cape Carteret OKs Funds for Deer Creek Dredging

CAPE CARTERET — Town commissioners voted 4-1 Monday night to adopt a budget amendment to fund Cape Carteret’s share of a county-led project to dredge a silted arm of Deer Creek.

Northeast
Energy

ME - South Portland, Pipeline Company Square Off Before High Court

The city is fighting to protect an ordinance that would bar the Portland Pipeline Corp. from importing tar sands oil from Canada.

International
Property

World - UN: 'Climate-Smart' Cities Are the Future – Here Are Three Examples

More than half of the world's population lives in cities, and most future population growth is predicted to happen in urban areas. But the concentration of large numbers of people and the ecosystems built around their lives has also been a driver of climate change.

Great Lakes
Fisheries

WI - In Wisconsin's Green Bay, Walleye Swim Healthy Again

A 30-year effort to clean up the Lower Fox River by a coalition of local officials, business owners, educators, environmentalists, and outdoor enthusiasts is bearing fruit.

Northeast
Energy

NJ - New Jersey Legislators Call to Suspend Offshore Wind Approval

A trio of New Jersey legislators who have promoted offshore wind energy development have called for suspending state approval of Ørsted’s Ocean Wind project, alleging the company has so far “failed to deliver” on its promises of new jobs and economic development in the state.