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Gulf of Mexico
Science

TX - Nurdle Patrol Racks up the Surveys in February. There Sure is a lot of Plastic in our Waters

There were 323 surveys performed in February 2021 a total of 7,584 surveys that Nurdle Patrol has performed since November 2018. A total of 3,598 different sites have been surveyed. Feel free to browse all the data on the map at www.NurdlePatrol.org.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - Hawaii Lawmaker Wants Report On Military Seawall at Ewa Beach

State officials have warned that a proposed seawall to protect the Marines’ Puuloa Range Training Facility would cause massive coastal erosion.

Northeast
Local

NY - East Side Coastal Resiliency report mysteriously appears with unreadable redactions

A much sought-after ghost study of the East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) that mysteriously could not be traced has suddenly been released to the public, but it is almost unreadable due to heavy redactions.

International
Engineering

SGP - Measures to strengthen Singapore's coastal defences to start this year

PUB, Singapore's National Water Agency and JTC will embark on site-specific studies at the coastlines of City-East Coast and Jurong Island this year, said Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu during the Committee of Supply debate on Thursday.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Fort Myers Beach Council approves plan to expand beach renourishment project

Town Manager Roger Hernstadt will apply for county, state funding to cover work on central, south end of beach

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - My Word | Ocean Ranch project to restore native habitat, improve access

Part of the mission of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is to manage lands and restore habitats for the diverse native fish, wildlife and plants that call them home.

Caribbean
Advocacy

Caribbean - Earth Today | Scientist insists on enhanced investment in coastal ecosystems

With Jamaica and the Caribbean still under the weight of climate change threats, despite the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the case was recently made for a scale up of investment in holistic coastal ecosystems, such as mangroves, seagrasses and coral reefs.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - NC Coastal Federation announces statewide stormwater plan

NEWPORT — A Carteret County-based environmental nonprofit has released a statewide plan to address stormwater flooding through nature-based projects and practices.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Beach renourishment project kicks into gear

Ferreira Construction on Tuesday began laying down a temporary road on the north and south beach access points -- at either end of Oceana Key Biscayne apartments -- as well as a temporary path along the beach, which will be used by smaller trucks to move sand.

West Coast
Property

CA - Judge Tosses California Coastline Signpost Suit

The owners of an oceanfront home lost their claims against the city of Malibu relating to their plan to install signposts marking where the public beach ends and their private property begins.

International
Waterways

World - Blue economy: how a handful of companies reap most of the benefits in multi-billion ocean industries

In a recent study, we discovered that a relatively small number of companies, headquartered in a few countries, generate most of the revenues from using the ocean.

International
Fisheries

World - Tuna's Last Stand

Skipjack are the world’s most abundant tuna. They’re resilient, but can they outswim our demand for this pantry staple?

International
Science

UK - Seagrass loss around the UK may be much higher than previously thought

The loss of seagrass in the waters around the UK is much higher than previously estimated. A new study published in Frontiers in Plant Science concludes that, with high certainty, at least 44% of the UK's seagrasses have been lost since 1936, of which 39% has been since the 1980s.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Charlie Crist Pushes Back on Army Corps Over Pinellas Beach Project

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers following its decision to deny Pinellas County’s request for flexibility in securing easements to renourish local beaches which make up a significant portion of the county’s Shore Protection Project.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

LA - FEMA shares Hurricane Laura recovery statistics after 6 months

Six months ago, communities across 21 parishes in Louisiana experienced the devastating effects of Hurricane Laura.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

TX - Texas beaches, businesses brace for spring break after governor ends mask mandate

As a result of the governor’s decision Tuesday to lift the state’s mask mandate and all restrictions tied to capacity, the news comes as a double-edged sword that’s positive financially, but at the cost of less power for Texas businesses.

International
Science

World - One of the largest ecosystems on Earth lives beneath the seafloor and eats radiation byproducts

Researchers at the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography report that a whole ecosystem of microbes below the sea dines not on sunlight, but on chemicals produced by the natural irradiation of water molecules.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

SC - SC office was supposed to fund flood projects, but Gov. McMaster didn't ask for money

COLUMBIA — S.C. House lawmakers are deciding this week how to pay for a new state office that will tackle the effects of extreme weather.

Northeast
Energy

MA - BOEM resumes final environmental review for Vineyard Wind

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Wednesday announced it is resuming preparation of a final environmental impact statement on the Vineyard Wind offshore energy project, reversing a move to end the permitting process in the final weeks of the Trump administration.

West Coast
Science

CA - 11,000 baby abalone will be planted at a secret spot off the Southern California coast

These sea creatures are on quite the California adventure. The baby white abalone started their lives in the UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab in Northern California. This week they boarded a private plane for a trip south, where they’ll vacation in labs and aquariums, eating buffets of kelp and hanging out to grow just a bit more.

Coastwide
Federal

USA - NOAA releases U.S. Interagency Elevation Inventory

In partnership with five other federal partners (FEMA, USGS, USDA, USACE, NPS), NOAA maintains an inventory of available topo and bathy elevation data. The inventory just recently underwent a rebuild with new features, so we wanted to get the word out to elevation data users. I have attached the text. The link to the USIEI is coast.noaa.gov/inventory.

International
Science

World - Why Some Geologists Say Charles Darwin's Theory of Coral Atoll Formation Is Wrong

Sea levels rising and falling over hundreds of thousands of years may have helped build the oceanic structures

Northeast
Energy

NJ - Proposed Offshore Wind Farm's Environmental Impact a Growing Concern on LBI

Growing opposition to a proposed wind farm off the coast of Long Beach Island is about more than just having an altered beach view of the horizon. So much more, according to a lifelong Ship Bottom resident and business owner.

International
Waterways

Israel - As tar keeps coming, Environment and Finance ministries spar over funds

Knesset committee chair warns that in a future pollution disaster, ‘we won’t have water to drink and our children won’t be able to bathe in the sea for decades’

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - USACE: Deep Draft Environmental Assessment released

The Army Corps of Engineers’ Wilmington District has published its final environmental review required for the elimination of the environmental window for dredging the harbors at the state’s two seaports.

Coastwide
Waterways

USA - NOAA begins transition to electronic navigation charts

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began to implement its sunset plan for paper nautical charts last month, starting with the current paper chart 18665 of Lake Tahoe.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

MD - Naval Academy Increasingly Affected by Rising Tides, Superintendent Says

WASHINGTON — The waterfront of the U.S. Naval Academy is more frequently being affected by rising sea levels, the academy’s superintendent said.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Cape Hatteras National Seashore Breaks All-Time January Visitation Record

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) and Wright Brothers National Memorial had the highest levels of visitation in January 2021 than any other January on record.

Pacific Northwest
Property

OR - Homes threatened by seawall collapse

LINCOLN BEACH — Early Saturday morning, several Lincoln Beach residents awoke to find a seawall on Lincoln Avenue had collapsed from erosion, dozens of its 35-foot tall concrete pilings breaking free and tumbling onto the beach below by Monday afternoon.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

SC - Great white sharks feed on dead whale off Myrtle Beach coast; expert critical of fishermen

MYRTLE BEACH — As “Cottontail,” a deceased North Atlantic right whale, drifts some 15 miles off the coast of Myrtle Beach, images of great white sharks circling and feeding on it should come as no surprise — it’s simply part of the ecosystem that is usually out of sight.

Caribbean
Science

World - Study: Bahamas Were Settled Earlier Than Believed

Humans were present in Florida by 14,000 years ago, and until recently, it was believed the Bahamas – located only a few miles away – were not colonized until about 1,000 years ago.

Southeast
Fisheries

FL - Why manatees are suddenly dying in Florida

Everyone likes manatees. Except, perhaps, for whoever scraped "TRUMP" into a manatee in 2020.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

AK - Corps shuts state out of Pebble appeal process

Pebble Limited Partnership can appeal the denial of a primary environmental permit for the company’s large mine proposal but the State of Alaska cannot, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials ruled in separate Feb. 24 decisions.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

LA - What New Flood Insurance Rates Could Mean For Louisiana

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is set to release new rates this fall, and it’s likely to result in an increase in premiums for Louisiana homeowners. One study finds rates would need to quadruple for the program to stay afloat.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

TX - How South Padre Island Convention Center Helped Save Thousands of Sea Turtles

As the heart of South Padre Island’s meeting and event business, the South Padre Island Convention Center is accustomed to hosting an array of year-round corporate and consumer events.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach nourishment projects progress simultaneously

EMERALD ISLE — After several delays, the 2-million-cubic-yard Emerald Isle beach nourishment project got underway late Friday afternoon.

Southeast
Local

FL - Volusia legislators file bill for seawalls; conservation groups are opposed

Two of Volusia County's legislators have filed identical bills that would increase the use of seawalls to protect beach properties from rising seas.

Northeast
Energy

RI - Rhode Island Act On Climate bill calls for 'real and enforceable' goals

Legislation to establish enforceable climate emission reduction targets for Rhode Island haven’t fared well in recent years.

Arctic & Antarctica
Science

ARC - Meltdown - The Permafrost that Holds the Arctic Together is Falling Apart

Permafrost thaw is one of the world’s most pressing climate problems, already disrupting lifestyles, livelihoods, economies, and ecosystems in the north, and threatening to spill beyond the boundaries of the Arctic as our planet continues to warm.

Southeast
Waterways

FL - Lawmakers aim to clean up waterways through PACE modernization

They are sponsoring legislation to clear up loan terms and make septic-to-sewer projects eligible.

Pacific Northwest
Energy

OR - Regulators OK groundbreaking wave energy testing project off Oregon coast

PORTLAND — Federal energy regulators have given Oregon State University initial approval for a groundbreaking wave energy testing facility off the coast.

International
Aquaculture

CAN - Is the lowly sea cucumber the new superhero of sustainable aquaculture?

Most coastal residents are suitably enthralled with charismatic or charming marine animals such as killer whales, the iconic Pacific salmon or furry sea otters. But what of the lowly sea cucumber?

Arctic & Antarctica
Science

ANT - How Rivers in the Sky Melt Huge Holes in Antarctic Ice

New research is causing scientists to rethink how polynyas—massive openings in the sea ice—are formed

International
Science

World - The slowing down of ocean currents could have a devastating effect on our climate

CNN — Remember the movie, "The Day After Tomorrow," in which a catastrophic series of global disasters strike after climate change causes the world's ocean currents to stop?

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - Many want State Wildlife chair to resign or stop plans to fill his land off Singer Island

Legal moves by Florida's top wildlife official for the right to develop submerged land he owns in the Lake Worth Lagoon drew blistering criticism from two dozen people at a meeting Friday of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

Mid-Atlantic
Local

NC - Whitehead to Lead ODU Climate Program

Jessica Whitehead, formerly chief resilience officer for North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency, is now the Joan P. Brock Endowed executive director of the Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience, or ICAR, at Old Dominion University, the university announced Thursday.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

LA - Short-term relief continues with yearly lease for popular Gibson marina

Bob’s Bayou Black Marina in Gibson can stay open for at least another 12 months.

International
Fisheries

World - Small-scale fishermen turn to apps and AI to tackle climate change

Digital tools allowing fishermen to share ideas and monitor catches are helping to tackle overfishing and protect livelihoods

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

AK - Spotlight on Cape Lisburne seawall project

Over the last five construction seasons, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District worked on a project to reconstruct a mile-long seawall at the Cape Lisburne site in Alaska.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Public meeting addresses Avon beach nourishment

On Wednesday evening, Feb. 24, Dare County held an online public meeting about beach nourishment for Avon.

Northeast
Local

ME - Commentary: Regional coordination is key to tackling climate action in Maine

The Southern Maine Regional Sustainability and Resilience Program is helping six York County towns address climate change impacts and advance resilience efforts.

West Coast
Waterways

CA - Integrated Port Planning

Ann Moore, 2020 Port Chair of the Port of San Diego, California, highlights the new integrated port planning process adopted by the port and how this is progressively delivering greater benefits to all stakeholders.

International
Science

World - Stark warning: Combating ecosystem collapse from the tropics to the Antarctic

Eminent scientists warn that key ecosystems around Australia and Antarctica are collapsing, and propose a three-step framework to combat irreversible global damage.

Southeast
Property

FL - Miami Says It Can Adapt to Rising Seas. Not Everyone Is Convinced.

Officials have a new plan to manage rising water. Succeed or fail, it will very likely become a case study for other cities facing climate threats.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

MD - Diane Butler: Left with no choice, Annapolis was right to sue oil companies over climate change | COMMENTARY

Mayor Gavin Buckley announced last week that the City of Annapolis was suing 26 oil and gas companies for damages the city has and will continue to incur due to climate change. The mayor had no other choice but to sue.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Nassau Gets $71 Million Grant For Reynolds Channel, Western Bays

The money will help the county divert sewage water from the channel to the ocean, which will revitalize the wetlands.

Southeast
Engineering

GA - Savannah harbor dredging: USACE discovers unexpected artifacts

During normal operations and maintenance dredging in preparation for continued deepening of the Savannah River, dredgers under contract to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers discovered several historical artifacts that do not appear to be related to the CSS Georgia.

Northeast
Fisheries

CAN - How the feds' moderate livelihood fishing policy fell apart in Nova Scotia

Documents show DFO is surveilling Mi’kmaw communities to keep tabs on treaty fishing but has few policy options to respond

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

TX - Assessing the impacts of the freeze on Texas’ fisheries

The winter storm that swept across Texas and took power, water and lives last month also hit the state’s coastal fisheries.

Northeast
Waterways

NE - Microplastic Sizes in Estuary and Coastal Ocean Revealed

Rutgers research shows stormwater could be important source of plastic pollution

Coastwide
Energy

USA - 'It makes us sharpen our pencils': oil giants good for US offshore wind, says Avangrid chief

Majority Iberdrola-owned utility says competition from likes of BP and Shell 'clarifies industry is for real'

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

USA - How the Gulf Coast Can be a Model for Industrial Sector Decarbonization

Last year, Louisiana joined a growing list of states that pledged to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2050.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

SC - Beaufort County’s flood risks could cause insurance rates to skyrocket, study shows

More than 70,000 Beaufort County homes are likely to experience some form of damage due to flooding over the next 30 years, which could cause insurance rates to skyrocket, according to a nationwide study released this week.

Arctic & Antarctica
Science

ANT - An Iceberg The Size Of Lake Champlain Has Broken Away From Antarctica

A sheet of ice the size of the iconic lake on the New York-Vermont-Quebec border or the city of Los Angeles rapidly separated itself from the Brunt Ice Shelf on Antarctica last week.

Southeast
Property

FL - House Speaker Unveils Plan To Deal With Florida's Rising Seas, Flooding

Florida lawmakers Friday unveiled a series of bills they say would protect homeowners and businesses from rising seas and flooding brought on by climate change.

Caribbean
Engineering

Cuba recovers beaches amid COVID-19 pandemic

The decrease in people in the beach resorts has made it possible to carry out work with large machinery and dumping of sand on beaches of important tourist destinations such as Varadero, declared the director of the Commercial Division of Coastal Engineering of the company Inversiones Gamma S.A., Ernesto Tristá.

International
Science

World - What's happening to the most remote coral reefs on Earth?

Scientists from the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation have published their findings on the state of coral reefs in the Chagos Archipelago, considered the last frontier for coral reefs

International
Waterways

World - How Fast Are Oceans Rising? The Answer May Be In Century-Old Shipping Logs

Off the coast of England, there’s a tiny, wind-swept island with the remains of a lifeboat rescue station from the mid-1800s.

International
Energy

UK - Major offshore wind farm using 187-meter high turbines starts to produce power

A major wind farm off the U.K.’s east coast featuring huge turbines has produced its first power, in the latest example of how the sector’s technology is growing in size.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

USA - Continued warming of Atlantic coastal waters may enhance the spread of invasive blue catfish

A new study by researchers at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science suggests that continued warming of Atlantic coastal waters may enhance the spread of invasive blue catfish within the Chesapeake Bay and other estuaries along the U.S. East Coast.

International
Science

Peru - Diving beneath the waves with giant mantas off Peru

Researchers at Stanford University and the Peruvian non-profit Planeta Océano have described the movement patterns and habitat use of giant oceanic manta rays off northern Peru. Their findings are published in Ecological Solutions and Evidence.

Southeast
Property

FL - A Tax Break for Residents of Flood-Prone Areas? Florida House Floats Sea Rise Proposals

Floridians would be asked to approve a tax break for people who elevate their homes to avoid the threat of flooding, while up to $100 million a year would be set aside to help local governments combat rising sea levels, under proposals announced Friday by House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

NC - Home demolitions help with flooding in Pender, Brunswick counties

Flooding is not uncommon in coastal North Carolina following heavy rains and hurricanes.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

MS - Black-owned businesses once thrived in historic Coast neighborhood. Is a revival coming?

There wasn’t much reason to leave the neighborhood. That’s what people remember about Soria City, one of Gulfport’s historic Black communities, during the mid-20th century.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Oakland A's new waterfront ballpark takes big step forward with detailed environmental report

A mammoth Environmental Impact Report released by the City of Oakland on Friday details the proposed, privately-financed waterfront stadium project at Howard Terminal on the estuary.

International
Advocacy

CAN - Inuit voices grow louder in fight over Nunavut mine expansion

Inuit communities in northern Canada say they fear mine expansion will harm wildlife and cultural practices.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

SC - Homes flooded as Intracoastal Waterway still rising near Myrtle Beach

SOCASTEE, S.C. (WBTW) — Residents along Folly Road in Socastee are dealing with major flood levels as the Intracoastal Waterway reaches 18.1 feet.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

HI - Oahu marine protected areas offer limited protection of coral reef herbivorous fishes

Marine protected areas (MPAs) around O'ahu do not adequately protect populations of herbivorous reef fishes that eat algae on coral reefs.

Northeast
Energy

ME - Maine joins national offshore wind research consortium

Maine has joined the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, a public-private partnership that could expand the state's access to research and resources for its offshore wind program.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

VA - Dominion plans to build nearly 200 giant wind turbines off Virginia. But getting that energy into the grid won’t be easy.

The 188 giant wind turbines that Dominion Energy plans to plant 27 miles off the Virginia Beach shore will be the utility’s biggest project since its nuclear plants went online in the 1970s — but all that energy won’t do much good if it doesn’t reach customers, says Kevin Curtis, the company’s vice president-electric transmission.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Scramble On For New Hanover Sand Money

More than a month has passed since New Hanover County’s beach towns were shocked to learn their longstanding shoreline maintenance projects did not receive federal funding, leaving them in a scramble to figure out how they may move forward with nourishing the beaches this fall.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Big Sur: Highway 1 to reopen at Rat Creek this summer after $11.5 million repair

Emergency repairs on Highway 1 at Rat Creek, where a debris flow washed out a 150-foot section in January forcing the closure of the roadway, will begin Monday with an estimated reopening of the highway along the Big Sur Coast for early summer 2021.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Miami-Dade’s new sea rise strategy: build higher and back away from the water

Miami-Dade’s new strategy for adapting to sea level rise comes down to two main ideas: build up higher and back away from the water.

Northeast
Property

NJ - Feds give $3 million to elevate flood-prone Ocean City homes

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) — The federal government is giving more than $8 million to two New Jersey towns to elevate flood-prone homes, including a Jersey Shore resort dealing with the effects of rising sea levels.

Southeast
Property

FL - House leader seeks $100 million per year to fight sea-level rise but resists mention of man-made causes

Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls called for a state investment of $100 million per year to fight sea-level rise and inland flooding, plus creation of a research hub at the University of Central Florida’s St. Petersburg campus to study those problems.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Oak Island becomes latest beach town to discuss paid parking

As locals and tourists head to some Wilmington-area beaches this summer, they will be paying for parking for the first time.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Fish Factor: Bristol Bay expects another big year, others poor to average salmon runs

Alaskans are preparing for another salmon season of poor to average runs to most regions. The big exception once again is at Bristol Bay, where another massive return of more than 51 million sockeyes is expected. Managers predict that surge will produce a harvest of over 36 million reds to fishermen.

Coastwide
Science

CA - Sailing without a crew: Saildrone aiming to replace manned ships on mapping expeditions

A remotely controlled sailboat that maps the ocean floor, collecting DNA samples and transmitting real-time data to scientists sounds like the stuff of science fiction. But it’s real and it’s actually pretty close to home.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

SC - Editorial: South Carolina’s investment of $550M for the port could be a good bet

It’s laudable that South Carolina lawmakers are scrutinizing the State Ports Authority’s request to borrow up to $550 million to make upgrades to the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal taking shape along North Charleston’s waterfront. As one of the state’s largest public investments in recent years, it merits close examination.

Southeast
Waterways

FL - The Indian River Lagoon has lost 46,000 acres of seagrass, and manatees are starving

Tens of thousands of acres of seagrass that is critical to the health of the Indian River Lagoon have disappeared. It's threatening a number of species, including manatees, who depend on seagrass for food.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Crews Set to Start on Beach Nourishment Project in Emerald Isle Thursday

After numerous delays because of coronavirus pandemic-related issues with the crews of the contractor, the massive Emerald Isle beach nourishment project is scheduled to begin Thursday.