News from Across the American Shoreline

Coastwide
Federal

White House pick to lead NOAA withdraws nomination, citing health concerns

Barry Myers, President Trump’s controversial nominee to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has withdrawn from consideration due to health concerns, an administration official confirmed Wednesday evening.

International
Advocacy

Challenges in restoring Canadian marine biodiversity

Weaknesses in Canada’s efforts to sustain healthy oceans need to be addressed. For five deficiencies, the Royal Society of Canada has options.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Run of 48.9 M sockeyes forecast for Bristol Bay in 2020

Bristol Bay’s sockeye salmon fishery is forecast to produce a run of nearly 49 million fish in 2020, with a harvest of 34.56 million reds, exceeding the harvest forecast of 26.11 million fish in 2019, when fishermen actually caught over 43 million reds.

Great Lakes
Science

In the Great Lakes' most productive fishing grounds, dead zones are eroding livelihoods

From his lakefront dock in Crystal Rock, 70 miles west of Cleveland, Dean Koch still gleefully reminisces on his career as a commercial fisherman in the heyday.

West Coast
Local

San Diego City Council Voted Unanimously to Deny Ocean Beach Appeal on Dog Beach Ramp

The San Diego City Council voted unanimously to reject the appeal by the Ocean Beach Planning Board to block the City’s plans to spend $1.1 million in building a Dog Beach ADA ramp. The project will now move forward despite this opposition by the community.

Northeast
Local

Rising Water Spells Big Challenges For Little Beach

During a recent coastal storm, Chatham fire officials stopped in the Little Beach neighborhood to monitor the rising water at high tide. A bystander asked what they were doing, and when they explained, the man looked puzzled; he had just bought a home nearby. “It was a steal,” he said, pointing out the property with a smile. But do the flood waters ever reach his place?

Coastwide
Waterways

International Dredging Review Partners With The Waterways Journal

The Waterways Journal has covered news involving dredging and marine construction since it first hit print in 1887, but soon that coverage will expand greatly.

Coastwide
Science

Underwater robotic gliders provide key tool to measure ocean sound levels

At a time when ocean noise is receiving increased global attention, researchers at Oregon State University and NOAA have developed an effective method to use an underwater robotic glider to measure sound levels over broad areas of the sea.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

Intracoastal Waterway Finally Getting Its Due Dredging; Completed Causeway Looking Good for All User Groups

We went from “Cold enough for ya?” to “Windy enough for ya?” Perish the thought of adding “Snowy enough for you yet?” How about “Is this warm weather weird enough for ya?” I’m still banking on some freaky mild spells in December and throughout winter.

International
Tourism

Land grabs and displacement: tourism’s dark side

Pristine beaches, delicious seafood straight from the sea, smiling hotel staff and exotic cultural experiences: this is how many of us imagine a perfect holiday in a tropical country.

Coastwide
Federal

Coastal states need resilience plans. Here are six essential elements

Coastal states are turning to resilience planning to confront extreme weather and climate change. New Jersey, North Carolina and Florida have all hired chief resilience officers to oversee their states’ resilience strategies. Louisiana has been a leader in coastal resilience for more than a decade.

Northeast
Engineering

NYC Council Approves $1.45B East Side Flood Barrier to Stave Off Hurricanes

The New York City Council has voted yes to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to build a flood barrier – potentially as high as 13 feet — along a nearly three-mile length of East River coastline, from Montgomery to East 25th streets. The cost: $1.45 billion

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

After 20 years, Washington tribe hopes to hunt whales again

SEATTLE (AP) — Patrick DePoe was in high school the last time his Native American tribe in Washington state was allowed to hunt whales. He was on a canoe that greeted the crew towing in the body of a gray whale. His shop class worked to clean the bones and reassemble the skeleton, which hangs in a tribal museum.

International
Engineering

Why the U.S. is missing out on the race to mine trillions of dollars worth of metals from the ocean floor

Rare earth elements and metals used in cell phones, supercomputers and more are sitting on the ocean floor, ready to be mined by multiple countries. So why is the U.S. on the sidelines?

International
Science

What it will take to rescue the Great Barrier Reef

Justin Gilligan joins scientists on an expedition to the far northern Great Barrier Reef to witness the annual mass coral spawning spectacle and to look for ways to help this ecosystem under pressure.

Northeast
Science

Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales react to environmental changes -- New study documents altered right whale movements in Massachusetts Bay

Some 'canaries' are 50 feet long, weigh 70 tons, and are nowhere near a coal mine. But the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale is sending the same kind of message about disruptive change in the environment by rapidly altering its use of important habitat areas off the New England coast

Venice Is Flooded—A Look at Our Coastal Future

It might look likes the city—world famous for its canal streets—is sinking. But that is not what's happening.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

U.S. Senate Committee Approves Bill Increasing Revenues for Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration

BATON ROUGE, LA - Today, the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources passed the Conservation of America’s Shoreline Terrain and Aquatic Life (COASTAL) Act which would increase Louisiana’s share of qualified Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas revenues under the Gulf of Mexico Energy and Security Act (GOMESA) of 2006.

Coastwide
Property

Climate Change Could Make Borrowing Costlier for States and Cities

Someday soon, analysts will determine that a city or county, or maybe a school district or utility, is so vulnerable to sea level rise, flooding, drought or wildfire that it is an investment risk.

Southeast
Advocacy

Fort Myers Beach town leaders hand over public land to Margaritaville developers

While Jimmy Buffet is looking for his lost shaker of salt, you might be looking for a new way to get to the sand on Fort Myers Beach.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

North Carolina: Surf City hit with strong high tides, erosion as Nor'easter moves south

SURF CITY — As a strong Nor’easter moves south of the Cape Fear region, the barrier island town of Surf City is left with escarpments along the dunes and recently built berms wiped out from extreme high tides.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

U.S. announces $30 million to bolster coasts from flooding, rising seas

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The U.S. government’s oceans and waterways agency will provide $30 million to improve coastal resilience, officials said, aiming to reduce the impacts of worsening storms, flooding and rising seas in nearly half of U.S. states.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Protecting and restoring Louisiana coast shouldn't be partisan

Coastal land loss and its ensuing hurricane risk are an existential threat to Louisiana. Our state is already missing 2,000 square miles of coast and we are on track to lose between 2,250 to 4,000 more square miles in the coming 50 years. Given the crisis at hand, we have no time for partisanship and certainly no time for baseless allegations that threaten the integrity of the coastal program.

Northeast
Property

LONG ISLAND / NASSAU: Town pushes back against proposed flood insurance costs

Mike Cascio thought the worst of the storm was over after repairing his Oceanside home that took in a foot of water during superstorm Sandy.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

Senate panel advances effort to boost Louisiana's coastal restoration funds from offshore energy revenues

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Senate panel has advanced legislation that would give Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states a bigger cut of the offshore oil and gas revenues the federal government receives.

Coastwide
Federal

NOAA seeks public comment on ending production of traditional paper nautical charts

NOAA is initiating a five-year process to end all traditional paper nautical chart production and is seeking the public’s feedback via a Federal Register Notice published on November 15, 2019.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

New marine life forming in beach pools near Kilauea volcano

HONOLULU — New marine life has formed in pools at a black sand beach created by the Kilauea volcano eruption, according to researchers in Hawaii.

Northeast
Energy

New England offshore companies submit uniform layout proposal to Coast Guard

The five New England offshore wind leaseholders — Equinor, Mayflower Wind, Ørsted/Eversource and Vineyard Wind — announced a uniform turbine layout proposal submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard with 1 nautical mile (nm) spacing between wind turbines.

Southeast
Advocacy

Florida Ocean Alliance seeks public input on addressing coastal issues

Port Canaveral on Wednesday will host a public hearing of the Florida Ocean Alliance, which is seeking public input on coastal issues.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Florida: Red tide off Sarasota County to move south, forecasters say

The toxic algae, stalled offshore from Siesta Beach to Collier County, could begin moving.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

Feds agree to more environmental scrutiny of sea walls, bulkheads on Puget Sound shoreline

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will give more scrutiny to sea walls, bulkheads or other armoring of the Puget Sound shoreline under a court-approved plan to resolve a lawsuit.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

FERC poised to make permit decisions on four LNG export projects in Texas

Federal regulators appear poised to make permit decisions on the applications submitted by four liquefied natural gas export terminals in Texas. After more than three years of review, commissioners with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have placed permit decisions for the four projects on the agenda for the agency's Thursday morning meeting.

International
Science

Australian waterbird population has fallen as much as 90 per cent in Australia's east, shows 37-year study

Aerial surveys have revealed a drastic decline in waterbird numbers since 1982. The decline is linked to drought conditions, which leave water dwellers out in the dry. Poor water policy management is also partly to blame, according to one scientist

Coastwide
Federal

$4 Million Available for New Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Projects

NOAA is seeking proposals for 2020 grant awards through our Community-based Restoration Program.

Coastwide
Energy

US DoE issues wave energy challenge

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced developments in two new prizes: Waves to Water, which challenges innovators to desalinate water using the power of ocean waves, and the Powering the Blue Economy™ Ocean Observing Prize.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

As Climate Risk Grows, Cities Test a Tough Strategy: Saying ‘No’ to Developers

VIRGINIA BEACH — Glimpsed from a kayak on West Neck Creek, this swampy piece of land, a pocket of red maple and loblolly pine tucked behind growing subdivisions, doesn’t look like the stuff of existential debate.

International
Science

Live Video: 2019 Southeastern U.S. Deep-sea Exploration from the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

From October 31 through November 20, 2019, NOAA and partners will conduct mapping and remotely operated vehicle operations from NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect baseline information about unknown and poorly understood deepwater areas of the Southeastern U.S. continental margin.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

Opinion: Iceless in Alaska

The progressive loss of sea ice in summer has serious implications for animals and for indigenous people

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

Hawaii: Ewa Beach Residents Want Marines To Take Another Look At Retaining Wall

USACE says it’s fine but Hawaii’s top coastal management official calls the project part of a “death knell” for the islands’ beaches.

Great Lakes
Engineering

Great Lakes: Coastal collaboration the natural way to be resilient

The Great Lakes One Water Partnership is a multi-year, basin-wide collaboration whose purpose is to limit the impact of extreme weather events and flooding in 31 coastal Great Lakes communities.

Pacific Northwest
Federal

After 20 years, Washington tribe hopes to hunt whales again

Patrick DePoe was in high school the last time his Native American tribe in Washington state was allowed to hunt whales. He was on a canoe that greeted the crew towing in the body of a gray whale. His shop class worked to clean the bones and reassemble the skeleton, which hangs in a tribal museum.

Northeast
Federal

US Senators call for review of Canada's right whale protections

Both Massachusetts senators are again calling for NOAA Fisheries to investigate Canada’s North Atlantic right whale protections and, if found lacking, consider banning imports of some Canadian fishery products into the United States.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

Oceans of discovery

The new Kauai ocean discovery facility is finally coming, said Jean Souza, the program specialist with the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and the Pacific Islands Region.

Coastwide
Fisheries

NOAA Wants More Cameras On Fishing Vessels And Fewer Biologists

John Hankins owns the boat “Courageous,” which he sails out of Warrenton on the northern Oregon coast. He had a smile after returning from 25 days fishing for albacore.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Maryland striped bass regulations place undue burden on recreational anglers

Maryland is home for each of us. We know firsthand that the state has some of the best striped bass fishing in the country and our local economy benefits annually with nearly $820 million added to our Gross Domestic Product from striped bass alone. However, both man-made and environmental challenges have hampered the striped bass population from Maine to North Carolina, and it is time to act.

Pacific Northwest
Recreation

Four Quirky, Kooky Moments of Oregon Coast History

Written history around these shores doesn’t go back very far: Europeans hadn’t really touched this place much until decades after Lewis & Clark. It makes for about 150 years of worth of records. But local tribes passed on some more ancient moments by mouth, and geologists started putting other parts of the puzzle together in the ages before tribes could remember.

International
Federal

Asian Nations at Odds over Sovereignty Join up to Fight Marine Trash

An agreement among Southeast Asian leaders this month to fight floating plastics in the South China Sea and surrounding waterways marks an upswing in cooperation among countries that normally compete over sovereignty.

International
Advocacy

Australia: Push for four-wheel-drive access to Seven Mile Beach picks up steam

Four-wheel drive enthusiasts hope to get the green light for beach access on the South Coast.

International
Energy

Shearwater wins ‘largest-ever 4D seismic campaign in Asia Pacific’

Geoservices company Shearwater GeoServices has been awarded the largest-ever 4D seismic campaign in the Asia Pacific region covering up to six fields operated by Woodside in Australia.

West Coast
Advocacy

How a Coastal California State Park is putting a town’s health at risk

The California Department of Parks and Recreation has known for decades that off-road vehicle activity at its park on the Oceano Dunes contributes to a plume of dust that’s a health risk to downwind communities.

Coastwide
Science

Photos: How scientists are trying to save coral reefs from climate change

A beautiful slide presentation on the new science aimed at preserving existing coral reefs, and the people who are pioneering the effort to save coral reefs from warming waters.

Coastwide
Science

Nanomaterials in wastewater have toxic effects on crustaceans and fish

You may not always think about it when you do your laundry or flush the toilet, but whatever you eat, wear or apply on your skin ends up in wastewater and eventually reaches the environment. The use of nanoparticles in consumer products like textiles, foods and personal care products is increasing. What is so special about nanoparticles is their tiny size: One nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. The small size gives nanoparticles unique and novel properties compared to their bigger counterparts and may for example reach locations that bigger particles cannot reach.

Coastwide
Advocacy

Regional weather patterns are viewed through partisan lenses, poll finds

People from North Carolina to Texas’ Gulf Coast agree that their areas have been hard hit by extreme storms and hurricanes in recent years. But they disagree with one another on whether climate change is a major factor — and political allegiances make up the dividing line.

Southeast
Engineering

Florida Republican Opinion: Protecting the perimeter

Florida is a state of true natural wealth, from our blue-water oceans and extensive coasts to our vast wetlands and unique coral reefs.

Coastwide
Federal

Watchdog Report Warns 60% of Superfund Sites Vulnerable to Climate Change

The Government Accountability Office calls in a report for EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to state directly that dealing with the rising risks of seas, storms or wildfires breaching Superfund sites under climate change is part of the agency’s mission

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

State Adds 35 Acres to Bird Island Reserve

North Carolina now officially owns dozens of acres of undeveloped oceanfront property that will be added to the Bird Island Coastal Reserve.

Great Lakes
Science

Lake Michigan shipwreck could be world’s ‘most intact wooden schooner’ ever found

A shipwreck found almost by accident, sitting 300 feet deep in northern Lake Michigan, is being described as one of the “most intact wooden schooners” in the world.

Northeast
Property

Rhode Island: OCEAN STATE MUST FACE REALITY OF RISING SHORES

You may have heard about the Charlestown man who is suing the town of South Kingstown and one of its police officers over his arrest in June on a trespassing charge while he was collecting seaweed along a beach.

West Coast
Federal

Panetta seeks new designation for coastal universities on the frontlines of climate change

SANTA CRUZ — Legislation put forward by a Central Coast congressman would create a new designation for coastal colleges and universities on the frontlines of climate change research and education.

Coastwide
Science

Nokia's Test of Wireless Connected Drones for Tsunami Evacuation Alerts Is a World's First

Nokia conducted world's first-of-their-kind tests in Sendai coastal areas which were devastated by the tsunami to show the effectiveness of drones using a private LTE network for disaster prevention and mitigation.

Northeast
Science

New Hampshire: UNH Researchers Find Climate Change and Turf Seaweed Causing “Patchy” Seascape

Newswise — DURHAM, N.H. – The effects of climate change are becoming more apparent, from the rapidly warming Gulf of Maine, to more frequent and severe storms and the increase of invasive turf seaweed.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Mississippi Governor: $53M in coastal restoration projects

Mississippi’s governor has announced more than $53 million in projects to help coastal communities recover from BP’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Money for the 15 projects is coming from civil or criminal penalties resulting from the spill.

International
Engineering

Why Venice Is Disappearing

Flooding in the historic city is about more than climate change — bad engineering and corruption are also to blame

Coastwide
Tourism

Group of Researchers: Sand Re-Nourishment Could be to Blame for Beach-Related Accidents

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Andrew Gallo doesn’t remember the accident that left him a quadriplegic. The last thing he does recall is being in South Florida. It was December 2016 and while it was winter back home on Long Island, Miami Beach was warm and sunny.

Coastwide
Engineering

Missouri: Climate extremes mean challenges for infrastructure

New extremes are testing roads, bridges, dams and utilities to unprecedented degrees, even as they age beyond their intended lifespan.

International
Property

Venice's devastating floods are the 'canary in a coal mine' for coastal cities worldwide

As climate change causes sea levels in Venice — and across the planet — to inch higher, scientists say catastrophic floods could become more severe and more frequent.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

Texas: State awards $1.5M for Cameron County park projects

Cameron County has received over $1.5 million in grant money from the Texas General Land Office for several coastal county projects.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Texas Land Commissioner George P Bush Announces $21 Million in Buyout Funds for Ft. Bend County

AUSTIN — Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO) approved $21,155,575 in Hurricane Harvey funds for Fort Bend County to conduct a buyout program. Fort Bend County was overwhelmed by Hurricane Harvey as heavy rainfall caused flooding of streets and homes, threatening public health, safety, and welfare.

Northeast
Property

New Jersey: Here's what roads should flood Sunday, Monday

Road closures, or at least water on the roadways, will be plentiful Sunday and Monday as a long fetch of onshore winds creates coastal flooding. A coastal flood warning is in effect from 8 a.m. Sunday to 5 p.m. Monday.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

North Carolina: 'We're loving these islands to death': An island community grapples with its future

OCRACOKE — On any normal late-fall day, the ferries that ply the 30 miles between Swan Quarter and this barrier island might carry vacationing retirees, sports fishermen and residents enjoying mainland getaways after the busy summer tourist season.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC 12 closing from Basnight Bridge to Rodanthe on Hatteras Island

Due to the very hazardous conditions impacting clearing operations and public travel, state transportation officials are closing N.C. 12 from the Marc Basnight Bridge to Rodanthe beginning at 5 p.m. today.

International
Engineering

Fury as coastal towns left to fall into the sea with authorities giving up on areas

AS RECORD-breaking floods devastate South Yorkshire, government agencies are deciding which areas are not worth defending from climate change, it was revealed.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

Hawaii ‘OK’ in beach report

LIHUE — A new report from the nonprofit Surfrider Foundation gives Hawaii a “C” in coastal management as it relates to climate change. It also suggests the rest of the state should model themselves after Kauai and Maui counties in their beach-management plans.

Northeast
Engineering

NYC Council Approves Controversial East Side Flood Barrier; Wants to Stave Off Another Hurricane Sandy

The New York City Council has voted yes to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to build a flood barrier – potentially as high as 13 feet — along a nearly three-mile length of East River coastline, from Montgomery to East 25th streets. The cost: $1.3 billion

International
Engineering

Deep sea mining start-up secures bulk of $150m funding round

DeepGreen’s financing follows years of regulatory uncertainty and environmental concerns

International
Federal

United States sitting out race to mine ocean floor for metals essential to electronics

China and other countries are racing to be the first to mine trillions of dollars worth of metals used in cell phones, supercomputers and more, while the U.S. is on the sidelines. 60 Minutes reports, Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. PT on CBS

Hawaii & Alaska
Waterways

Alaska Struggles to Finance its Aging Fleet of Ferries

This year’s budget calls for a $56 million state subsidy — a compromise between the Legislature and Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy’s original proposal of $21.8 million, which would’ve resulted in shutting the system down in October.

International
Science

Australia: 'Shark predator': Great hammerhead's ecosystem role revealed in pioneer University of Newcastle research

IT may be a dog-eat-dog world, but the willingness of great hammerhead sharks to eat their cousins has helped illuminate the species' 'crucial' role in the food chain.

International
Science

Two ocean studies look at microscopic diversity and activity across entire planet

In an effort to reverse the decline in the health of the world's oceans, the United Nations (UN) has declared 2021 to 2030 to be the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

International
Science

What vision do we have for the deep sea?

The ocean hosts an inconceivable wealth of marine life and diverse habitats, most of which remains unknown and unseen. International plans to mine minerals from the deep seafloor threaten this largely unexplored biodiversity hotspot. States are currently seeking to develop a legal framework for deep seabed mining.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

Florida: Okaloosa might ban biz activity on spoil islands

Okaloosa County Commission discusses possible rule and fee changes for vendors at the county’s public beaches; county might ban commercial activity on islands in Santa Rosa Sound

Pacific Northwest
Tourism

Oregon: Cannon Beach sends back ordinance that would require horses to wear manure-catching bags

The Cannon Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday, Nov. 5, to take no action and send an ordinance back to the parks division that would require people to strap a manure-catching bag around their horses at all times while riding in the town.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

Proactive Beach Management Measures Underway In Waikiki

Sea-level rise and coastal storms require us to develop innovative erosion control plans based on proven science.

Northeast
Energy

Constitution Wind team tour Connecticut port

Siemens Gamesa will start turbine assembly activity once upgrades to State Pier finish in early 2022

International
Tourism

Disputed Western Sahara becomes kitesurfing hotspot

In the heart of disputed Western Sahara, a former garrison town has become an unlikely tourist magnet after kitesurfers discovered the windswept desert coast was perfect for their sport.

International
Property

Dramatic pictures reveal Venice flooding

Thanks to bad weather and high tides, Italy's historic City of Canals has been inundated again, raising fears for its longterm safety.

Southeast
Engineering

Florida: Before the flood: How Kennedy Space Center is preparing for sea level rise

Created to propel humankind beyond the limits of Earth, Kennedy Space Center is now facing a terrestrial threat — the warming of our home planet, leading to sea level rise, erosion and catastrophic flooding — that could hinder our push to deep space.

International
Tourism

Italy: Sardinia Beach to charge holidaymakers to battle overtourism

ONE OF EUROPE'S MOST POPULAR BEACHES TO START CHARGING FOR ENTRY BECAUSE IT IS SO OVERCROWDED

International
Tourism

Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 creates a wave of excitement with celebratory events.

WEDNESDAY the 13th of November saw Cabinet Secretary, Fiona Hyslop mark ‘50 days to go’ and unveil 30 further events set to make a huge splash in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020.

International
Local

Australia: Shire of East Gippsland Adopts Eagle Point Marine and Coastal Management Plan

East Gippsland Shire Council adopted the Eagle Point Marine and Coastal Management Plan at the November 12 meeting. The plan reflects the community’s aspirations and will guide the management, protection and improvement of the Eagle Point foreshore for the next 10 years.

International
Energy

Kitimat, B.C.: LNG Canada Megaproject Begins to Take Shape

One year ago, the partners behind LNG Canada formally sanctioned the $40 billion project. Today, roughly 1,000 workers are on site in Kitimat, B.C. – about half of them from the Kitimat-Terrace area – and that’s just to set the stage for the main construction phase, which isn’t expected to start for another couple of years.

Coastwide
Advocacy

2019 State of the Beach Report Reveals that Majority of Coastal States Are Not Prepared for Climate Change Impacts

Analysis from the Surfrider Foundation finds that only 26% of states earned above a 'C' average when graded on policies to protect the nation's coastlines

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine Lobstermen’s Association rejects DMR whale proposal

ELLSWORTH — Efforts to find consensus over how to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from entanglement in fishing gear without decimating the Maine lobster industry took a blow last week.

Northeast
Engineering

Branford, Connecticut, sets up fund to pay for costs of climate change

The money could be used for repairing flooded bridges, elevating houses, improving stormwater drainage, and more.

Caribbean
Engineering

Coastal engineer: Bahamas must “adapt to survive”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A Bahamian coastal engineer yesterday warned The Bahamas must take steps to “adapt to survive” the increasing intensity of natural disasters.