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FL - Titanic Erosion in Flagler Beach Uncovers an Anchor from Another Century, and Mottle of Secrets

It’s not exactly a silver lining in the nearly colossal loss of sand and dunes north of the Flagler Beach pier in the last few weeks. But it’s something. As the sea sheared off layer after layer of sand, it emerged: an old, gnarly anchor, its invisible metal roiled in barnacles and coquina, but its shape still stately and unmistakable, as if still ready but for chains, in Herman Melville’s phrase, “to cast anchor in the deep.”

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Study: Flagler's Beaches Are Eroding Critically, and Will Cost County Alone $5 to $13 Million a Year to Slow

This is not what residents of Flagler Beach–or Flagler County–want to hear, certainly not after huge and alarming carve-out of sand and dunes north of the pier in the last two weeks: anecdotal speculation to the contrary, much of that sand is not coming back. Not unless documented erosion trends of the last 49 years, or documented acceleration of erosion in the past 10, is to reverse course.

Southeast
Advocacy

USA - Can citizen scientists turn the tide against America’s toxic algal blooms?

Nearly every day, Florida resident Pradeepa Siva goes paddleboarding through Doctors Pass in Naples. The thin passageway between Moorings Bay and the Gulf of Mexico is home to a couple of friendly dolphins, which Siva often sees on her outings.

Southeast
Fisheries

FL - Congress leans on NOAA to avoid major Florida fishery closures

A nontraditional population survey could lead to longer red snapper seasons.

Southeast
Waterways

FL - Water Quality Woes in S.W. Florida Linked to Seeping Septic Systems

From fecal bacteria to blue-green algae to red tides, Southwest Florida’s water quality has declined as its population has increased.

Southeast
Science

GA - Tybee Island closer to more federal dollars for beach renourishment

If approved by Congress, Tybee Island will be able to ask for federal funds for coastal resiliency projects for the next 12 years.

Southeast
Justice

GA - Inside One Georgia Island's Fight Over Basic Public Services

Reginald Hall rises early. Then he pulls on his running shoes, mounts his bike, and starts out from the house where he grew up.

Southeast
Advocacy

SC - News spotlight: Gullah Geechee people look to nature to save their coastlines — and culture

Spanning from Jacksonville, N.C., to Jacksonville, Fla., the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is home to many descendants of West and Central African people who were enslaved and bought to this region in the 18th century.

Southeast
Science

GA - Loggerhead recovery continues with state nest record

BRUNSWICK – Loggerhead sea turtle nesting in Georgia hit a new high this week as the big reptiles beat their modern-day best for most nests on the state’s beaches.

Southeast
Engineering

SC - Consultant updates Pawleys Island on sea level rise adaptation plan

PAWLEYS ISLAND — Pawleys Island residents should look to coastal resilience in preparation for rising sea levels and changing coastal conditions.

Southeast
Science

FL - Howard T. Odum expanded knowledge about springs, ecosystems, wetlands and energy

Florida’s springs and wetlands have long been known as places of natural beauty and cultural relevance, but did you know they also played a pivotal role in the development of two novel scientific fields? Gainesville and the University of Florida hold a premier place in the history of environmental science and environmental engineering because UF was the first and last academic home of the brilliant scientist Howard T. Odum.

Southeast
Science

FL - Sailing (Back) into the Eye of the Hurricane

Last summer, Saildrone and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) sent five uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs) “storm chasing” the Atlantic Ocean to improve hurricane forecasting. One of them sailed through the eye of category 4 Hurricane Sam. Battling massive waves and winds over 100 mph, the vehicle not only survived intact but sent back the first-ever live video footage from inside the eye of the storm, marking a new era of hurricane observation.

Northeast
Federal

USA - NOAA Proposes New Vessel Speed Regulations to Protect North Atlantic Right Whales

NOAA Fisheries has announced proposed changes to vessel speed regulations to further protect North Atlantic right whales from death and serious injuries resulting from collisions — part of a multifaceted approach to stabilize and recover this endangered population.

Southeast
Engineering

South Atlantic - Final Report on South Atlantic Coastal Study signed

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Atlantic Division (SAD) Commander, Brig. Gen. Jason E. Kelly, signed the Final Report of the South Atlantic Coastal Study during a virtual, online ceremony July 25.

Southeast
Recreation

SC - A boat with wheels! Amphibious Search & Rescue Boat drives directly into NMB ocean surf

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) — A boat in North Myrtle Beach astonished people Tuesday morning, stopping beach-walkers in their tracks.

Southeast
Federal

FL - USACE Seeks Comments on DRAFT Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual EIS

Florida - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM) draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Southeast
Science

FL - Red handed: The connection between human pollution and Florida's worsening red tide outbreaks

New research finds that human pollution influences the severity of red tides more directly than scientists previously understood. The connection sheds light on the need for better water-quality monitoring statewide — and ultimately, to reduce the nutrient pollution flowing into Florida’s waterways.

Southeast
Local

SC - Bay Point developers’ appeal denied. A resort will not be built on the SC barrier island

BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. A Beaufort County board decision to deny a special permit for a group seeking to develop a highly controversial luxury resort on Bay Point Island, was upheld Thursday.

Southeast
Science

FL - Officials: Manatees still under threat

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Fewer manatee deaths have been recorded so far this year in Florida compared to the record-setting numbers in 2021, but wildlife officials cautioned Wednesday that chronic starvation remains a dire and ongoing threat to the marine mammals.

Southeast
Property

FL - A community divided as short-term rental vote nears

Accusations of spreading false information, scary stories about projected skyrocketing costs to taxpayers and the threat of lawsuits were laid out before Marco Island City Council for more than an hour Monday evening, as residents spoke on the hot topic of vacation rentals.

Southeast
Advocacy

GA - ‘Last of the Right Whales’ highlights the dangers and conservation efforts of Georgia’s state marine mammal

The Tybee Marine Science Center along with International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW ) and Hit Play Productions co-hosted the Georgia premiere of Nadine Paquenza’s 2021 documentary “Last of the Right Whales” on Tuesday, July 12 at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Opinion/Solutions: Can nature replace seawalls?

The Nature Conservancy’s Joseph Schmidt envisions a future for the Lake Worth Lagoon.

Southeast
Federal

FL - NOAA releases proposal to restore protected Florida Keys habitats

Today, NOAA released the "Restoration Blueprint" for Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

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