News from Across the American Shoreline

Gulf of Mexico
Local

Gulf of Mexico: America's Third Coast Book Series - Perspectives from an Entirely Unique Vantage Point

The University Press of Mississippi, publisher of the Third Coast Book Series, brings to the American shoreline and the people who live, work, recreate, and make a living there -- an entirely new perspective on the issues all coastal communities face. And, listen to the American Sdhlreloine Podcast with the publisher and four of the book authors. It's a great show (See the link at the bottom of the story).

Southeast
Engineering

FL - With sea level rise and Hurricane Matthew, St. Johns County coastline gets more attention

As federal help came in following Hurricane Matthew to restore part of the coastline, St. Johns County dedicated staff to watching over new beach projects full time.

International
Science

JP Morgan economists warn climate crisis is threat to human race

Leaked report for world’s major fossil fuel financier says Earth is on unsustainable trajectory

Northeast
Federal

NH - Great Bay communities express doubts about EPA cleanup plan

Federal officials got an earful of complaints Wednesday night from scores of New Hampshire communities over a plan to further reduce nitrogen in one of the largest estuaries in the Northeast.

Coastwide
Advocacy

The U.S. Military Could Bridge the Gap between Believers and Doubters on Climate Change

As experts warn that the world is running out of time to head off severe climate change, discussions of what the U.S. should do about it are split into opposing camps. The scientific-environmental perspective says global warming will cause the planet severe harm without action to slow fossil fuel burning. Those who reject mainstream climate science insist either that warming is not occurring or that it’s not clear human actions are driving it.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

HI - New findings: Pacific marine national monuments do not harm fishing industry

New scientific findings released today in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications, show that expansion Aof the Pacific Remote Islands and Papahanaumokuakea marine national monuments did not cause overall economic harm to the Hawaii-based longline tuna fishing fleet.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - Series of coastal engineering projects underway amid race to save Waikiki Beach

A series of coastal engineering projects aimed at saving Waikiki Beach is underway, and one of the projects that kicked off three months ago is performing well so far.

Coastwide
Science

PA - Floodplain damages affect long-term housing development in high-risk areas

Flooding is the costliest natural disaster, according to environmental economist Katherine Zipp, assistant professor of environmental and resource economics and a faculty member in the Institutes of Energy and the Environment, at Penn State. She is part of a team that is studying how floodplain damages affect long-term housing development in high flood-risk areas. This includes a model that takes into consideration climate change and how that could impact flooding.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Deal with Corps offers town future beach funds

As a $14.3 million beach renourishment project reaches the halfway mark, the town of Pawleys Island is considering an agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers that will help fund future projects. But that will almost certainly require the town to condemn easements for that work from property owners on the island’s south end, according to the town administrator

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - Who owns Florida’s beaches? The answer might be clearer soon

The Florida Legislature is expected to act soon on whether to overturn a controversial 2018 law that prohibits the public from setting foot on the dry sand of beaches that abut private property in Walton County in the Panhandle.

Southeast
Science

FL - 1,000 Pound Great White Shark Tracked Off Cape Canaveral, Florida

A 12-foot, 4-inch adult male Great White shark that weighs 1,000 pounds, was tracked swimming off of Canaveral National Seashore in Florida on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

West Coast
Property

CA - Newport Beach wrong to tighten rental rules

Like many Orange County cities, Newport Beach likes to tout its business-friendly atmosphere. When push comes to shove, however, officials there behave in ways similar to California’s most regulation-loving communities. The best example involves short-term rentals, where people rent homes to vacationers using Airbnb or other platforms.

Northeast
Energy

MA - Vineyard Wind and Greentown Labs ink innovation agreement

Greentown Labs, a cleantech incubator in North America, and Vineyard Wind, the developer of a utility-scale offshore wind project in the Northeast United States, have forged a partnership to run a Greentown Launch accelerator program focused on offshore wind innovations.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

MD - Maryland to hold new hearings on offshore wind turbine height

Nearly a month after hundreds of people filled the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Md., to comment on changes in plans for two wind-farm projects off the Delmarva coast, Maryland’s Public Service Commission has agreed to hold new hearings on the projects.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

ID - Anemic chinook return predicted for Snake River

Anglers can expect another ho-hum year for spring and summer chinook returning to the Snake River and its tributaries, according to a forecast from a group of state, tribal and federal fisheries managers.

International
Fisheries

Ukraine - Ukraine increases fish catch by 10% in 2019

The total fish and other aquatic biological resources catch by fisheries of Ukraine in 2019 grew by 9.7% compared with 2018, to 97,200 tonnes.

Coastwide
Advocacy

The high price of greenwashing

In the new age of sustainability, there are plenty of companies pledging to offset emissions in the race for net zero. While certainly an improvement over past years when a pledge to do 10% better was the standard, the trend has triggered skepticism that greenwashing is really what’s at work.

Coastwide
Science

Earthquakes disrupt sperm whales' ability to find food

Scientists studying sperm whales have discovered earthquakes affect their ability to find food for at least a year. The research is among the first to examine the impact of a large earthquake on a population of marine mammals, and offers new insight into how top predators such as sperm whales react and adapt to a large-scale natural disturbance.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

LA - New research reveals how hurricanes shape the coastal landscape in the Everglades

That hurricanes can create sudden and dramatic changes to the landscape is obvious to anyone who lives along the Gulf of Mexico's coast. They are powerful, high-energy destructive forces that can flood homes and fell trees, and can leave a lasting impression on all those affected by them; however, the mark hurricanes leave on unpopulated areas, such as Florida's Everglades National Park, have been less known until now. In a recent paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, or PNAS, researchers from different universities, including LSU, examined how Hurricanes Wilma in 2015 and Irma in 2017 fertilized the Florida Coastal Everglades, paradoxically facilitating mangrove wetlands recovery.

Coastwide
Federal

Media Invited to Inside Look at NASA Marine Cloud Study

Media are invited to preview a NASA airborne science campaign to help improve weather and climate predictions at 9 a.m. EST Tuesday, Feb. 25, at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. The study is the second of five new major NASA airborne science studies to take to the field in 2020.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

FL - New Study Raises Concern About Airborne Exposure to Toxic Algae Blooms

Studies of the health hazards of toxic algae blooms have focused largely on the danger of direct contact with contaminated water in lakes, rivers and the ocean. Now a new study shows that even airborne exposure to the bacteria from a toxic bloom could also pose a risk.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Will new Daytona tourism ad replace ‘Wide. Open. Fun.?’

‘Think you know Daytona Beach?’ In a workshop session, board members of the Halifax Area Advertising Authority considered the fate of Wide. Open. Fun. tourism campaign and the agency behind it.

Coastwide
Federal

Social Coast Forum 2020: Informed Citizens, Prepared Communities, What We Work For

There’s real power in getting the ‘people people’ in coastal management into one room, and this year, more than 300 of them attended the fifth biennial Social Coast Forum in Charleston, South Carolina. “These are the folks who know that social science—understanding how people live, work, and play on the coasts—is as critical as knowing the salinity gradient in an estuary or the erosion rate of the shoreline,” says Rebecca Roth, president of NERRA.

International
Science

India - Whale shark population declined by 63pc in 75 yrs: WTI

The population of whale sharks, one of the endangered migratory species, has declined by 63 per cent in last 75 years in the Indo-Pacific region, a nature conservation body has said while urging the government to intensify steps and train enforcement agencies to conserve the species.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

SC - Judge allows South Carolina suit over offshore tests to proceed

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that some of the claims raised by South Carolina in a lawsuit against the Trump administration over seismic tests for oil and gas deposits in Atlantic waters may proceed, but dismissed four others.

Northeast
Engineering

CT - Fairfield spends $4 million on hardening project for wastewater treatment plant

The town of Fairfield is moving forward with a project that aims to better protect its wastewater treatment plant from coastal flooding from large storms and sea level rise.

Great Lakes
Engineering

NY - Residents try to tame Hoover Beach: 'We just cannot sit around and wait'

Angry waves from Lake Erie have slammed Hoover Beach over the years, but something different happened after last Halloween's storm: Residents came up with a new plan to fight back. It involves a little-known federal program and an ambitious plan to build a structure in the lake that could protect the shoreline.

International
Federal

UK - Has the Environment Agency given up in its fight against flooding?

Where are the engineers? Whenever climate change comes up we hear from ecologists, activists and the odd scientist. But engineers? The very people we need to solve problems seem to be shut away in a box while school kids and dopey vegan campaigners are handed a megaphone with which to tell us the planet is going to die unless humans go back to pre-industrial poverty.

Mid-Atlantic
Local

NC - Shore Protection Office reports beach nourishment project moving along in Atlantic Beach

The $28.2 million Bogue Banks beach nourishment project got off to a fast start this week, as sand was piped to and spread from the Circle development district to the 300 block of Ocean Ridge Road as of Friday morning.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Vilano Beach renourishment project easements ready for sand placement, pipeline

The Vilano Beach renourishment has been greenlighted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which hopes for construction to start this fall.

Mid-Atlantic
Local

NJ - Tough Choices Loom for Shore Communities

In 30 years, beach replenishment has become routine. Once big news, the sight of an offshore dredge pumping sand from Corson’s Inlet onto beaches in Strathmere and Ocean City this winter hardly raised an eyebrow among locals, much less drawing crowds to watch the progress, as an Ocean City beach project did in the 1990s.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

TX - TAMUCC receives funds to enhance oyster reef restoration efforts

Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi researchers have been awarded nearly $2 million in Texas Coastal Management Plan grants to study issues affecting the water quality of Baffin Bay, Texas; to continue a popular oyster reef restoration, outreach, and citizen science project; and to model the impacts of sea level rise and storm surge on the Texas Coast.

Southeast
Federal

FL - On the Job with Florida’s First Chief Resilience Officer, Julia Nesheiwat

In this episode, host Kristin Hayes talks with Julia Nesheiwat, a former professor and State Department official who is currently serving as Florida’s first chief resilience officer. Nesheiwat elaborates on the unique challenges Florida faces, as a sprawling, populous state with many coastal communities potentially imperiled by climate change. Discussing the diverse responsibilities of her role, Nesheiwat explains how she works alongside leaders from government, academia, and the private sector to devise proactive solutions to climate challenges and encourage collaboration across the whole state.

Northeast
Energy

NY - In ritzy East Hampton, the biggest hurdle to offshore wind is a single cable

It seemed innocuous enough: a gaggle of homeowners in the idyllic East Hampton hamlet of Wainscott circulated a petition opposing a key aspect of the state’s first offshore wind project — the landing spot for a transmission cable.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MI - As shorelines erode, lawmakers consider allowing barriers without a permit

While waves and record high water levels pound away at shoreline properties, state lawmakers are trying to pound away on new laws to protect property.

West Coast
Local

CA - ‘Unlike Any Disaster We Have Ever Seen,’ Says State Agency About Rising Seas in Bay Area

Using the latest data available, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission predicts devastating impacts of rising seas to the Bay Area - on housing, transportation, economy and jobs.

International
Waterways

Europe - Uncharted waters: how maps can help prevent conflict over marine resources

An ambitious project to improve the management of marine resources across regional and international borders is underway in Europe and all over the world.

Southeast
Local

GA - Resurgent sand dunes doom beach crossover

The days are numbered for the crossover at Jekyll Island’s Corsair Beach Park.

Coastwide
Waterways

Marad awards over $280 million in grants for nation’s ports

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (Marad) announced Friday that it has awarded more than $280 million in discretionary grant funding through the new Port Infrastructure Development Program. The funding is designed to improve port facilities at or near coastal seaports.

Northeast
Energy

NY - Orsted updates South Fork wind farm plan amid concerns about delays

Danish energy giant Orsted has filed an update to the construction and operation plan for its proposed South Fork wind farm, amid doubts by opponents and a state lawmaker that it will hit its contracted December 2022 completion date.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale Set for March

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will offer over 78 million acres for a region-wide lease sale scheduled for March 18, 2020, as part of President Trump’s America First Offshore Energy Strategy.

Northeast
Fisheries

Petition to NOAA calls for prohibition on cod fishing

The Conservation Law Foundation petitioned the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association Thursday morning to prohibit fishing of Atlantic cod until such time as the federal agency implements measures that will end overfishing.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - Whale seen tangled in net, struggling as it swims up coast from San Diego

Wildlife photographers and a SeaWorld rescue team were concerned about a whale seen tangled in fishing nets and ropes as it made its way up the coast from San Diego last weekend

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

SC - Judge denies injunction to bar building permits for oceanfront lots

Georgetown County could issue a permit this week for construction of a house on a newly-created oceanfront lot in North Litchfield.

International
Local

UK - Row erupts over plans to increase parking charges at Merseyside beaches

A row has erupted over the plans to increase the parking charge on two popular Merseyside beaches.

Caribbean
Federal

Barbados - Minister suggests more Govt control of beaches

Minister of Housing, Lands and Rural Development George Payne has offered Government suggestions to address concerns about beachfront property developers blocking beach access to Barbadians, including leasing rather than selling lands to investors and retaining control of beaches.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

FL - Fort Myers Beach homeowners bring battle over beach access to court

Opponents are happy town leaders who voted against the project are sticking to their decision.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

Hawaii - UH Hilo coastal erosion research shared through national toolkit

The results of a collaborative research project led by a graduate student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo have been published as a case study in the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, a website where the public can find information and tools to understand and address climate risks. The case study also has been published regionally on the Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment website.

Northeast
Recreation

MA - Champion lady surfcaster on beaches of Martha’s Vineyard waxes philosophic

In some of my recent articles, I talked about my “Book Club,” my library of books on fish, fishing, sea critters, techniques and such, both factual and fiction and one basically a memoir that I recently read.

International
Federal

Scotland - Stories of our coasts: new plan to record cultural history of Scotland's remotest communities

They are some of Scotland’s furthest-flung outposts, windswept and timeless where history can run as deep as the surging waters that surround them.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Great Lakes has landed on Manasota Key

Some Manasota Key residents couldn’t contain their excitement over the weekend.

Northeast
Local

NY - Guest op-ed:NYC’s Resiliency Scorecard Fails the Equity Test

Over seven years after Superstorm Sandy devastated New York City’s coastal neighborhoods, outer borough coastal communities are still struggling to recover.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Beach Projects Help But Choices Lie Ahead

February is traditionally downtime for beach towns, but each year the shoreline along some stretches of North Carolina’s central and southern coast is anything but quiet as crews work around the clock to pump millions of cubic yards of sand in a never-ending fight against erosion.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - The Energy 202: Florida Republicans have added the words 'climate change' to their vocabularies — and to legislation

Florida Rep. Chris Sprowls, a Republican, declared it so in September 2019 at a speech designating him the next speaker of the House: “We need to stop being afraid of words like ‘climate change’ and ‘sea level rise.’” And Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has used the term repeatedly since his campaign for the job in 2018, even saying it three times in a news release that announced a new statewide job, chief resilience officer, tasked with preparing Florida for sea level rise.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

MI - Smart Sea Gliders improve Ocean Observation and Ocean Prediction

Scientists from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Ocean Sciences Division are optimizing the placement of ocean gliders and the usage of glider data to improve the Navy’s ability to predict ocean conditions.

West Coast
Federal

CA - San Clemente gets $505,000 to bring more sand to shore

A two-decades-long plan to bring more sand to San Clemente’s depleted shoreline has received a $505,000 boost from the federal government.

Pacific Northwest
Local

OR - Oregon wrestles with building facilities in tsunami zones ahead of 'The Big One'

Experts say the big one is coming to the Pacific Northwest: a massive earthquake that will cause buildings and bridges to collapse and unleash a tsunami that will devastate the coast.

International
Fisheries

New Zealand - Thousands of Mussels Have Been Found "Cooked" to Death on a Beach in New Zealand

A shocking video showing hundreds of thousands of "cooked" mussels has sparked fears for mollusks' future in New Zealand.

International
Federal

UK - Don't expect to be protected from flooding, Environment Agency to warn

Homes and businesses will be told to accept major floods are inevitable under radical policy shift

Northeast
Federal

COOL VIDEO - NOAA’s hurricane hunter ‘Kermit’ meets St. Elmo’s fire as it flies through lightning storm in the clouds (VIDEO)

The fearless crew of NOAA’s plane Kermit were busy hunting down hurricanes in the North Atlantic, when they were dazzled by a bout of St. Elmo’s fire. Thankfully, the cameras were rolling and captured the awe-inspiring sight.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

TX - Hurricane Harvey tops league of most extreme US weather this decade

A top ten of record-breaking US weather events of the last decade reveals Hurricane Harvey is the most extreme of the decade, and similar others were among the costliest and deadliest on record, according to magazine Weatherwise.

Pacific Northwest
Local

OR - Coastal risks, land use policy create tradeoffs for armoring Oregon Coast

An Oregon land use policy creates a large economic value for some private homeowners who are allowed to protect their shoreline against erosion, according to a new Oregon State University study.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

FL - Hurricanes fertilize mangrove forests, shape coastal landscape of the Florida Everglades

The destructive power of a hurricane appears to do plenty of good for mangroves in the Florida Everglades.

Northeast
Engineering

RI - ‘With so much coast and so little land, R.I. is the most vulnerable state in New England’

Curt Spalding, the former EPA regional director who’s now at Brown, researches how communities can respond to climate change

Coastwide
Science

These jellyfish can sting without touching you, thanks to 'mucus grenades'

Cassiopea jellyfish make up for their lack of tentacles by releasing gooey clouds full of autopiloted stingers.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

AL - 1,000 dives into the cold Antarctic depth — a researcher’s lifetime achievement

Many people wonder how the excess CO2 is affecting the planet and its atmosphere. Charles Amsler, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, continues to search for these answers as he dives into the depths of the Antarctic Ocean to closely examine ocean acidification.

International
Federal

India - Rebirth of dying Vembanad bay in sight with new court orders

Sitting on his traditional canoe on the Vembanad lake, fisher A. K. Sailan believes that the gods have finally started smiling down on him. While on the eco-sensitive lake, in close proximity of Nediyathurthu Island, he points to the spots where he and fifty-six other fishers of his neighbourhood had installed licensed stake nets for traditional fishing.

West Coast
Science

CA - New California-Israel collaboration to help climate and environment research

UC San Diego - University of Haifa partnership receives $1.3M from Koret Foundation to support collaboration on marine archaeology research.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

MD - Studying Climate Impact on Bays, Estuaries

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) has been awarded a $500,000 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to lead a coalition of scientists from around the country to study the impact of storms, sea-level rise, and climate change on estuaries and bays.

Great Lakes
Recreation

OH - Ohio added 8 Lake Erie public access sites in last five years

About 20 percent of Ohio’s 312 miles of Lake Erie shoreline is publicly accessible, according to the most recent Ohio Department of Natural Resources survey. That’s up 1 percent from the last assessment in 2015.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

DE - Massey’s Ditch dredging $800,000 over bid amount

According to state officials the Massey’s Ditch dredging project is expected to be completed soon, but at a cost approximately 20 percent higher than the original base bid.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

VA - Sandbridge Beach Renourishment Scheme About to Begin

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach, has awarded a contract to the Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, Ltd. to conduct a beach renourishment effort along the Sandbridge Beach oceanfront.

Hawaii & Alaska
Local

HI - Permitting: Insights from across the island chain

For those of you who aren’t aware, permitting for construction of new developments or renovation of existing structures is a huge problem on Hawaii Island. It has been recognized by the business community as a major barrier to economic development and working toward improvement of the permitting process is one of the three top priority areas for the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce. For those of you who are aware and have been following this issue, you’ve now got something new to think about.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - New smelt study will help record once-rich Maine resource

Biologists are recruiting citizen scientist volunteers to locate and count spawning smelt.

International
Advocacy

Cayman Islands - Legal aid refused in ‘secret’ Dart beach access fight

The battle to retain the natural beauty of Smith Cove and keep the place accessible to locals is one of several ongoing beach access fights the public is now engaged in. As access to the famous Seven Mile Beach for ordinary people has virtually disappeared, a group of women from West Bay, who believe they have the law on their side, are locked in two legal battles, one with government and, as can now be revealed, another with Dart. But with legal aid denied for that fight, the case is in trouble.

Coastwide
Energy

Transocean’s contract backlog tops $10 billion

Transocean said last Friday that, since its last fleet status report in October 2019, the company had added approximately $366 million in contract backlog, bringing its total backlog to $10.2 billion.

International
Recreation

Australia - Healthy living on the coast

Perth and most of Western Australia is synonymous with our magnificent coastline.

International
Waterways

Ireland - 'Ghost ship' washes up on Irish coast

A "ghost" cargo ship has washed up off the coast of County Cork, Ireland, brought in by the bad weather that lashed Europe in Storm Dennis.

Southeast
Waterways

GA - All Politics Are Local: Federal push for the port and latest SC polling

Each week, News 3 is taking the time to break down the local impacts of news coming from the nation’s capital.

International
Federal

New Zealand - How Auckland is planning for climate change

If climate scientists have got their predictions right, Auckland will be progressively hit by more extreme weather, including more frequent and possibly more severe droughts, floods and damaging winds. Coastal storm surges will damage coastal property, beaches, roads and affect our biodiversity. Sea levels could rise by more than a metre in the next 100 years.

West Coast
Science

CA - Microplastics: A macro problem

Flying somewhere over the planet, there's a plane equipped with research-grade, double-sided tape on the outside of its hull. Each time the pilot lands the plane, he removes the tape, seals it in a package, and replaces it with a new one before he takes off again. He then mails the package to Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, care of Dimitri Deheyn, Associate Researcher.

International
Property

UK - Insured losses due to Storm Ciara set to reach €1.9bn

In the UK, 675,000 homes lost electricity because of the windstorm, as well as a further 10,000 homes in Ireland.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Maine says its plan to protect whales from lobster gear is better than feds think

Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher says the National Marine Fisheries Service didn't give the state's plan credit for all of its whale protections.

Coastwide
Fisheries

To Manage Global Trawling Impact, Think Local

Local context is the key to best practices for bottom trawl fishing.

Southeast
Engineering

SC - You can’t build your way out of flooding problems: SC report comes up short | Opinion

Ever-increasing numbers of South Carolinians are at risk for flooding impacts. S.C. conservationists were encouraged when Gov. Henry McMaster created the Floodwater Commission to identify solutions for our flooding problems.

Northeast
Engineering

RI - In Warren, planning for rising sea levels

Town taps grant that’s aimed at helping R.I. communities cope with climate change

International
Tourism

NZ - How the sands have shifted on Awaroa, 'New Zealand's beach'

Awaroa Beach was bought by New Zealanders through a crowd funding campaign. The Beach sits in the middle of the Abel Tasman National Park. The park is categorised as one of the countries great walks, and is popular with tourists over the warmer months.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Long a holdout, Currituck County to study beach nourishment

After years of being a holdout on the issue, Currituck County this spring will begin a three-year study to determine if Currituck Banks beaches need nourishment — a decision that some say is long overdue.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

NC - Cluster of sharks in one spot off Carolinas coast grows more intense, and mysterious

The clustering of great white sharks off the Carolinas coast is growing more pronounced and mysterious, based on satellite tracking data shared Saturday on social media.

Northeast
Science

MA - Coastal Geologist Presents Glacial Data

Sea Marsh Way is a short stretch of land located in and near Mattapoisett’s coastline nestled between Pine Island and Angelica Point. A small lot of land is being considered for development by owner Constance O. Pallatroni Living Trust, prompting the need to confirm the property is not, in fact, barrier beach.

International
Waterways

LA - Mississippi River project approved, more corn and soybean export capacity expected

AVERAGE BARGE LOADS WILL INCREASE FROM 2.4 MILLION BUSHELS OF SOYBEANS TO 2.9 MILLION, THE SOY TRANSPORTATION COALITION ESTIMATES.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

VA - In Full Bloom: Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional program at forefront of environmental stewardship

Coastal Virginia, sitting at the mouth of the third largest estuary in the world, is uniquely positioned to affect the environment and also poised to be a poster child for resiliency.

Southeast
Waterways

FL - PortMiami, Port Canaveral get $58m in federal funds

The Miami project is one of six grant winners located within an opportunity zone