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News from Across the American Shoreline

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

HI - Why the Navy Is Becoming a Powerful Force for Clean Energy

As the pandemic highlights fragile supply chains, the Navy is working with Hawaii to harness the sun and other natural elements for power.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

NC - NC Highway 12 Remains Closed on Ocracoke; Ferry Operations Suspended

N.C. Highway 12 remained closed in between the NPS Pony Pens and the Hatteras ferry terminal as of 1:00 p.m. on Monday, due to ocean overwash that occurred with the morning’s high tide.

West Coast
Property

CA - Untethered From the Office, Urban Tenants Are Flocking to the Inland Empire

Rents are up 4-6% in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, but have been falling in L.A. and Orange counties since the pandemic hit.

Coastwide
Energy

USA - Seadrill Files for Voluntary Chapter 11 Protection

Offshore drilling contractor Seadrill Partners has filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code to preserve value and to continue the operation and marketing its assets.

International
Tourism

World - A Funding Crisis at Destinations Spurs New Tourism Marketing Models

When tourism came to an abrupt halt in March, destination marketing organizations saw their primary revenue stream — a percentage of lodging taxes or “bed taxes” — tumble overnight.

Coastwide
Property

USA - Atlantic Hurricane Season Ends With Records Driven by Climate Change

Earlier this month, Iota became the 30th named storm in 2020, making this year's Atlantic hurricane season -- which ends today -- one for the record books.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

VA - U.Va. Researchers Successfully Restore Marine Seagrass Meadows off Virginia's Eastern Shore

Environmental scientists monitored and restored seagrass meadows off Virginia’s eastern coast while investigating their impact on the marine ecosystem

Great Lakes
Advocacy

USA - Our Great Lakes Are Battered and Need Help

A bipartisan group is leading a push to shore up the Great Lakes which have been battered by storms, high water and widespread coastal erosion in recent years.

West Coast
Science

CA - San Diego Coastal Marshes May Become Important Tools to Battle Climate Change

Matthew Costa stepped gingerly into a little pocket wetland near the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The squishy salt marsh is more than just a patch of habitat in the intertidal zone.

Coastwide
Waterways

USA - Saltwater Invasion: Driven by Rising Seas, the Threats to Drinking Water, Crops From Saltwater Are Growing in Maryland and Elsewhere in the U.S.

On Louisiana’s Gulf coast, hit by a record five hurricanes or tropical storms this year, Native American tribes are some of North America’s early climate refugees as seas claim their shoreline and salinity damages the land that remains.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

LA - Louisiana Port Begins Clearing Channel for Ships to Pass

PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — Port officials have begun clearing a shipping channel in Louisiana after sediments pushed into the waterway by hurricanes made the water too shallow for some vessels to pass safely.

Coastwide
Property

USA - Climate Crisis to Triple Flooding Threat for Low-Income Us Homes by 2050

A new study has found that affordable housing in New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and California will be at particular risk

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

AL - Alabama Political Reporter Partners With Covering Climate Now

We’re making a commitment to inform you, our readers, about the parts of climate change that are within your spheres of influence.

Northeast
Fisheries

NE - New England White Shark Research Consortium Forms to Enhance Coordinated Regional Efforts to Study White Sharks

Provincetown, MA - Today, shark research groups and government agencies from the northeastern US and Canada announced the establishment of the New England White Shark Research Consortium (NEWSRC).

Northeast
Fisheries

NY - $6.7 Million Relief Program Will Assist NYS Fishing Industry

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York State announced that $6.7 million in federal funding is available from the Marine Fisheries Relief Program established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to assist New York’s marine fishing industry following economic losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Army Ends Plan to Dredge Regional Waterways for Oil Tankers

A four-year battle over a plan to dredge 13 miles of waterways to clear San Francisco Bay for larger oil tankers ended Monday, with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers announcing it was scuttling the project.

Coastwide
Advocacy

USA - NFWF Celebrates 20 Years of Coral Reef Conservation, Announces $1.2 Million in New Grants

Eleven grants will address threats and develop tools for restoration and management of coral reefs in U.S. and Caribbean waters

Arctic & Antarctica
Science

ARC - Beautiful Yet Unnerving Photos of the Arctic Getting Greener

Using tricked-out drones, scientists are watching vegetation boom in the far north. Their findings could have big implications for the whole planet.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Weeks Marine Gets Ready for the Morehead City Works

Weeks Marine has received a Notice to Proceed (NTP) from the Carteret County officials to begin mobilization of personnel and equipment needed for the Morehead City dredging & concurrent beach nourishment works.

Arctic & Antarctica
Science

ANT - How Stable Is the Antarctic Ice Sheet?

Scientists investigate which factors determine the stability of ice masses in East Antarctica

International
Fisheries

World - This Is How Smart Technology Is Helping to Combat Overfishing

The humble fishing net has had an upgrade – and it’s one that’s playing an important role in fisheries management.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

VA - With Offshore Wind, Virginia Hopes a 21st-Century Manufacturing Boom Will Offset a Hefty Price Tag

Maybe, if you squint really hard and the skies are clear, you might be able to convince yourself that you see them, out on the horizon: two turbines spinning far offshore of Virginia Beach.

International
Science

World - Acidifying Oceans Could Get Help from Kelp

Forests of fast-growing kelp influence the chemistry of the water in which they live. A new study evaluates their potential to ameliorate ocean acidification in sensitive coastal ecosystems.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Coastal Engineering Fights Climate Change

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The University of North Carolina Wilmington started offering a bachelor's degree in coastal engineering in 2019, which was the first of its kind in the country.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Torrance’s Madrona Marsh Wins Grants for Restoration and Education

Torrance’s Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center will, by March, finally see the overdue restoration of its vernal pools, critically important wetland habitat home to numerous rare plants and animals, including two species of fairy shrimp, at a cost of about $470,000.

Caribbean
Science

Caribbean Coral Reefs Under Siege From Aggressive Algae

An aggressive, golden-brown, crust-like alga is rapidly overgrowing shallow reefs, taking the place of coral that was damaged by extreme storms and exacerbating the damage caused by human activity

International
Aquaculture

China - Marine Ranches Change the Production Mode of China’s Fishing Industry

The construction and operation of marine ranches in the deep sea, help preserve the offshore environment

International
Science

World - UN to Issue First-Ever Global Report on Harmful Algal Blooms

After 7 years' work, 100+ experts in 112 countries deliver 1st global assessment of HABs, synthesizing three decades of data

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Racing to Beat the Next Hurricane Season

Work is under way to construct a permanent floodgate on Bayou Chene near Morgan City, La., that will provide backwater flood protection for six parishes in the path of Mississippi and Atchafalaya river overflows that result from high water events.

West Coast
Tourism

CA - Report: California Tourism Economy Cut in Half in 2020 Because of Coronavirus Pandemic

Proving to be an unwelcome visitor to travel economies like the North Bay, COVID-19 has slashed in half tourism spending in California.

Southeast
Property

FL - Hurricane Season Ends Monday, But December Storm Possible

GULFPORT, Fla. — A historic and relentless hurricane season is finally coming to an end. Monday marks the final day.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

MS - Thousands Comment on Proposed Mississippi Pump Project

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers says thousands of people have sent comments about a proposal for huge pumps to drain floodwaters from parts of the rural Mississippi Delta.

Pacific Northwest
Energy

OR - Wind Power off Oregon Coast Could Provide More than Electricity

Winds blowing off the Oregon Coast are some of the strongest in the nation, offshore or on land. They hold significant energy potential.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - State Gets $1.8M Grant to Boost Molokai Forest Protection

Funding will help with fencing and removal of hooved animals as well as creating firebreaks

Coastwide
Property

USA - How climate change could spark the next home mortgage disaster

Taxpayers are backing more than a trillion dollars in home mortgages, but the agencies buying them are neglecting to consider climate risks.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MI - The battle for Lake Michigan: As beaches erode, millions of dollars have been poured into temporary solutions. Can anyone find a long-term fix?

LUDINGTON, MICHIGAN — As the wind whipped across the top of the Big Sable Point lighthouse, one of the most famous and beloved on the Great Lakes, Jim Gallie pointed to the disappearing beach: “It’s been progressively getting worse.”

Southeast
Property

GA - In Georgia, 16 Superfund Sites Are Threatened by Extreme Weather Linked to Climate Change

With climate a major issue in two Senate runoff elections, the state’s voters need look no further than coastal Brunswick for potential risks.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

LA - Louisiana Wants Billions for Hurricane Risk Reduction Included in Federal Appropriations Bill

Louisiana coastal officials are pushing the state’s congressional delegation to support an expected emergency supplemental appropriation bill aimed at this year’s record-breaking hurricane season to provide money for emergency repairs to beaches, barrier islands and other wetland restoration projects.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Eroding Coast Paves Way for 'Managed Retreat' in California

GLEASON BEACH, Calif. — A few winding turns past Bodega Bay, along foggy bluffs and coastal prairie, relentless waves pound a crumbling stretch of coastline in dire need of saving.

International
Property

World - Singapore Gov Calls for Catastrophe Bond Cooperation With China

China’s western region and in particular the municipality of Chongqing with its population of over 31 million, which includes the megacity of the same name, could benefit from cooperation on topics such as disaster insurance, with catastrophe bonds seen as an opportunity, according to the Singapore government’s Monetary Authority.

Caribbean
Energy

Bahamas - Drilling Ship Sets Sail for Bahamas

The 750-foot Stena IceMAX drill ship has sailed from the Canary Islands en route to Grand Bahama in preparation to drill an exploratory oil well off the coast of West Andros.

International
Energy

UK - World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Secures $8bn Investment

Dogger Bank, which will eventually become the world’s largest offshore wind farm, is getting an $8 billion investment from Norwegian oil giant Equinor and British energy company SSE.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - Bahia Grande Unit of Laguna Atascosa Handed $5.6 Million Restoration Grant

HARLINGEN — Federal and state officials have announced a major windfall of $5.6 million for restoration of wetlands and protection of bird nesting sites at the Bahia Grande Unit of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

LA - An Effort to Plant Queen Bess Island for Louisiana Pelicans

QUEEN BESS ISLAND, La. (AP) — After Louisiana officials finished restoring 37-acre Queen Bess Island in February, much of the vegetation planted on its small footprint of newly pumped sand didn’t have time to take root before more than 6,000 brown pelicans arrived for breeding season.

Northeast
Energy

ME - Maine's Bold Climate Action Plan Will Require Money, Commitment

The plan would cost billions of dollars to execute, but state leaders say the cost of doing nothing would be even greater.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Ask the Mayor: Coastal Management Vital to the Island

The town has established a coastal management program to provide long-term storm protection, while also offering recreational benefits.

International
Waterways

World - EU Database Raises More Questions About Japanese Owner Of Mauritius Oil Spill Ship

The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius continues to face an unprecedented ecological, human health and economic impact from the devastating oil spill in August.

Coastwide
Property

USA - 5 of the Worst Thanksgiving Storms in US History

Some of the worst storms in U.S. history have hit around Thanksgiving, disrupting transportation and claiming lives. The following are five of the most destructive and deadliest of those storms.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - Hundreds of Opponents Ask EPA to Deny Florida More Control of Its Wetlands

They fear the state will be too lenient in handing out permits to developers, who support the plan.

International
Fisheries

EU - Why Brexit Talks Have Become Snagged on Fishing

Why is fishing proving to be so intractable in the post-Brexit negotiations?

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

NC - Lost Colony Sailing Ship Replica to Be Freed at Last in North Carolina After Dare County Dredging Project

MANTEO, N.C. — A replica sailing ship similar to the one that carried the Lost Colony to the Outer Banks will finally be able to escape the shallow water of the Manteo harbor.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - Congressman Vela: $150K for City of South Padre Island

Texas Congressman, Filemon Vela, has announced that the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have awarded $150,000 to the City of South Padre Island as part of the National Coastal Resilience Fund (NCRF).

Arctic & Antarctica
Science

ARC - Witnessing Ice Habitat Collapse in the Arctic

Over a 2-day period at the end of July 2020, the Milne Ice Shelf underwent fracturing and collapse, losing 43% of its vast expanse as ice islands calved into the Arctic Ocean.

International
Waterways

CAN - Drowning in Red Ink, Port of Sydney Corp. Thrown a Lifeline

Money left over from 2012 harbour dredge will be used to cover $600,000 deficit due to lack of cruise ships

Southeast
Energy

FL - Bahamas Is Set to Start Offshore Oil Drilling Just 150 Miles off South Florida

Florida’s waters may be protected from offshore drilling but the Bahamas plans to start looking for oil in less than a month at an exploratory well just 150 miles off the coast of the Sunshine State.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

HI - Marine Electrical Imaging Reveals Novel Freshwater Transport Mechanism in Hawai'i

Conventional hydrogeologic framework models used to compute ocean island sustainable yields and aquifer storage neglect the complexity of the nearshore and offshore submarine environment.

International
Science

AUS - Cooling La Niña May Not Save Great Barrier Reef From Mass Coral Bleaching, Experts Warn

With the world 1C warmer, modelling shows there is still a risk of corals bleaching from heat stress this summer

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - CDFW Awards $10.7 Million for Fisheries Habitat Restoration Program Projects

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today announced the selection of 27 projects that will receive funding for the restoration, enhancement and protection of anadromous salmonid habitat in California watersheds.

Northeast
Waterways

NE - New Research Shows Even Small Ships Pose Deadly Threat to North American Right Whales

It has long been known that ship strikes involving large vessels pose one of the greatest threats to North Atlantic right whales, whose coastal habitats and tendency to stay close to the water’s surface make them vulnerable to such deadly collisions.

Southeast
Waterways

FL - Clearing up Delray Beach’s Water Issues

In our embattled “Village by the Sea,” everything is political now — whether it’s sea grape trimming, the very public dismissal of our city manager or even our water quality.

International
Science

World - Our Ocean Floor Remains Largely Undiscovered - These Are the Countries Changing That

Despite our knowledge of the land we live on and the technology available to us, very little of the ocean floor has actually been mapped in detail.

Coastwide
Property

USA - The U.S. States Best and Least Positioned to Take on Climate Change

No state is entirely safe from the threat of natural disasters, but some stand a better chance of surviving the storm.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

TX - Big Crowds Expected at Beaches Over Holiday

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Nueces County Coastal Parks Director Scott Cross says, if the weather is nice, crowds flock to coastal beaches every year during the Thanksgiving holiday period.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MN - Army Corps of Engineers Issues Enbridge Permit for $2.6B Pipeline Across Northern Minnesota

The permit is last big hurdle for the construction project, which will be one of largest in recent history for Minnesota.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - Pandemic Gave Locals Fleeting Taste of a Tourist-Free Hawaii

Line-Noue Memea Kruse lives on Oahu’s famed North Shore, where marveling at sea turtles, epic waves and sunsets that paint the sky orange and purple are a must for many tourists in Hawaii.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

NC - Inside the Plan to Protect North Carolina's Coastal Habitat

State agency leader discusses benefits of strong safeguards—and what comes next

International
Property

AUS - One of Australia's Most Famous Beaches Is Disappearing, and Storms Aren't to Blame

Storms or tropical cyclones usually get the blame when Australia's beaches suffer severe erosion. But on the New South Wales north coast at Byron Bay, another force is at play.

Hawaii & Alaska
Waterways

HI - Hawaii’s Freshwater Leaks to the Ocean Through Underground Rivers

If the water could be pumped to the surface, it could help alleviate shortages on the island.

West Coast
Science

CA - Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Awarded $53M to Continue Exploring Ocean Health

The central coast has become a popular travel spot for humans and a migration hotspot for marine life.

International
Engineering

World - The New 'Gold Rush' for Green Lithium

Lithium is crucial for the transition to renewables, but mining it has been environmentally costly. Now a more sustainable source of lithium has been found deep beneath our feet.

Coastwide
Property

USA - Riskiest Spot for Rising Seas Is 50 Miles From the Ocean

A new FEMA index considers socioeconomic factors in evaluating community disaster vulnerability

Coastwide
Property

USA - NOAA Announces Record-Breaking Atlantic Hurricane Season Draws to An End - Improved Forecasts, Extensive Preparedness Helped Protect Lives and Property

The extremely active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is drawing to a close with a record-breaking 30 named storms and 12 landfalling storms in the continental United States.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - California State Parks Announces $37 Million in Proposition 68 Recreational Infrastructure Revenue Enhancement Allocations

The California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) on Tuesday announced $37 million in allocations to 30 agencies under the Proposition 68 Recreational Infrastructure Revenue Enhancement (RIRE) Grant Program.

International
Waterways

World - International Ship Exhaust Emissions Alter Clouds' Behaviour

Emissions from ship exhausts can have a major impact on air pollution, weather and climate, however until relatively recently these have been largely unregulated, particularly in international waters.

Northeast
Fisheries

CAN - Nova Scotia First Nation Suspends Lobster Fishery After Endangered Whales Spotted

Nova Scotia’s Sipekne’katik First Nation says it will temporarily close its moderate livelihood lobster fishery after endangered North Atlantic right whales were detected off the province’s southwest coast.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

AK - Permit Denied for Alaskan Mine Project

The Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for the proposed Pebble Mine project, saying it was “contrary to the public interest.”

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

GA - Judge Says Dam Can't Be Removed if Water Level Will Fall

A federal court says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can’t demolish a dam downriver from Augusta if it doesn’t maintain the current water level.

Southeast
Property

FL - Looking Back On the Great Thanksgiving Day Storm of 1984

Despite the crazy year we’ve had so far, it looks like our Thanksgiving weather will be quiet.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

MD - As Saltwater Resculpts The East Coast, Researchers Say It Can't Be Stopped But We Can Adapt

The road through Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on Maryland’s Eastern Shore could be Ghost Tree Way for the story it tells about how invading saltwater above and below ground is killing vegetation and redesigning coastal lands.

International
Waterways

World - 3 Reasons Why the Ocean is Recovering During Covid-19

Learn about the various ways the ocean has recovered during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Southeast
Property

FL - Tropical Storm Eta Pounded Pinellas Beaches, Fears Aired Over Future Storms

Tropical Storm Eta caused considerable beach erosion on the Gulf Coast. It may mean our coastline is in danger from a future storm.

International
Science

AUS - Eureka Prizes Reward Research That Pumps up the Amount of Energy We Can Get From Sewage

This year's "Oscars of science" celebrate the work of a researcher who's been trying to get power from poo, citizen scientists using drones to help create 3D models of coastal communities, and the ABC's daily coronavirus podcast Coronacast.

International
Property

CAN - Intact Announces $1.3 Million Commitment to Help Build More Resilient Communities

Intact Adaptation Action Grants awarded to projects that are helping people and communities adapt to floods, wildfire and extreme heat

Arctic & Antarctica
Science

ANT - Shift in Atmospheric Rivers Could Affect Antarctic Sea Ice, Glaciers

Weather systems responsible for transporting moisture from the tropics to temperate regions in the Southern Hemisphere have been gradually shifting toward the South Pole for the past 40 years, a trend which could lead to increased rates of ice melt in Antarctica, according to new research.

Northeast
Energy

MA - Vineyard Wind Sees More Permitting Delays, But Stays on Track to be First in U.S. Race to Build Offshore Farms

Vineyard Wind, the international business consortium that plans to build the nation’s largest offshore wind farm 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, has been hit with yet another delay after a federal agency moved back its review timeline for a key permitting document last week.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

USA - Death By Plastic: Bay's Sea Turtles, Marine Mammals Imperiled By Growing Debris

Six years ago, a young, emaciated sei whale that normally inhabits the deep waters of the Atlantic was spotted swimming erratically in tidal rivers and creeks near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - Tunneling Floodwater Under Houston May Be Back on the Table for the Corps

With ample public feedback, the Army Corps of Engineers is now re-evaluating which projects to push forward to reduce flooding along Buffalo Bayou.