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NC - Kill Devil Hills beach nourishment project expected to begin Monday, Fifth Street Beach Access remains closed

The beach construction for Kill Devil Hills’ nourishment project is anticipated to begin today, Monday, June 13th.

Southeast
Advocacy

NC/SC - 1 Million Acres of Southeast Salt Marsh Move Closer to Protection

Plan involving military, governments, and communities would benefit nature, economies, and diverse range of residents

Southeast
Property

GA -Tybee Island prepares for hurricanes with long-term resiliency plans

Thousands of beachgoers visit Tybee Island each year to take in the scenic views of Georgia's barrier islands. What they may not notice is the environmental engineering and planning all around them aimed at protecting Tybee Island from storms and a rising sea level.

Southeast
Science

FL - Florida Institute of Technology given $1 million from State lawmakers for Indian River Lagoon

State lawmakers gave the Florida Institute of Technology $3 million, including nearly $1 million to create a temporary opening to the Indian River Lagoon so that more ocean water can flow into the estuary and possibly help clean it up.

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Science

FL - Florida’s manatees are dying in record numbers – but a lawsuit offers hope

US wildlife agency agrees to review protection for habitats after conservationists sue over mass die-offs from poor water quality

Southeast
Engineering

NC - Rising tides and drainage ditches threaten North Carolina's coastal freshwater wetlands

Greg Rubino drives his elongated spade, called a sharpshooter, into the decaying organic matter of the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. He’s a wetland scientist with the North Carolina Division of Water Resources, and once he’s dug about a foot underground, past a mat of roots, he reaches into a bed of “real soil” and grabs a sample, crumbling it between his fingers.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - State Budget Includes More Than $500M in Resiliency Funding for Communities to Protect Against Storm Damage

West Palm Beach - Wednesday June 8, 2022: Governor DeSantis Wednesday highlighted more than $500 million for resiliency included in the FY 2022-23 budget.

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Waterways

FL - DeSantis vetoes Everglades bill that advocates said would harm water quality

The governor said the bill would create “unnecessary and redundant regulatory hurdles” for restoration projects.

Southeast
Property

FL - Governor Ron DeSantis Announces More Than $500 Million Building Upon His Historic Commitment to Enhancing Community Resiliency

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted more than $500 million for resiliency included in the FY 2022-23 Freedom First Budget. This investment includes more than $270 million to fully fund all three years of the state’s first ever Statewide Flooding Resilience Plan and an additional $180 million for the state’s next plan which will be submitted later this year.

Southeast
Advocacy

GA - Georgia coastal wetlands need room to move, report says

A new study draws attention to the need to conserve undeveloped land in coastal areas to accommodate wetlands as sea levels rise.

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Waterways

FL - 'Forever chemicals' lurk everywhere Florida looks for them in the Indian River Lagoon

Everywhere scientists look in the Indian River Lagoon, they find so-called “forever chemicals,” in some places at almost four times the levels of what’s safe in drinking water, according to a recently published scientific study by the University of Florida.

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Property

FL - FL Lawmakers Miss Climate Change in Fixes to Property-Insurance Crisis

Florida lawmakers have signed off on quick fixes to the state's property insurance crisis - but critics say the plan pays little attention to the growing threat of climate change.

Southeast
Waterways

FL - Weekend storm dumped this much polluted rainfall runoff into the St. Lucie River

As this weekend's tropical disturbance swept past the Treasure Coast, the rainfall runoff that flowed into the St. Lucie River for nearly nine hours Saturday averaged 180 million gallons daily.

Southeast
Advocacy

SC - Commentary: SC bird and beach communities would benefit from bipartisan US Senate effort

From Myrtle Beach to Hunting Island, birds are returning to nest in our inlets and along our beaches. Brown pelicans are already patrolling the waves and marshes to feed their young. Black skimmers and least terns are raising chicks on the sand. Birds have flocked to South Carolina’s coast with the coming of summer.

Southeast
Engineering

NC - Saving the Outer Banks coastline: Summer projects try to slow erosion

Beachgoers will share space in the sand with heavy equipment along parts of the Outer Banks this summer as beach nourishment projects get underway to slow erosion along the storm-swept barrier island chain.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Panama City Beach sees record tourism numbers in March

After reaching a recent milestone, Dan Rowe, president and CEO of Visit Panama City Beach, says the city is without a doubt an "all-American beach town."

Southeast
Science

USA - Understanding hurricanes and climate change

The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season has officially started, and NASA scientists are working with partners at NOAA, FEMA and other organizations to help communities prepare for these storms and respond to their aftermath.

Southeast
Science

FL -Seagrasses thrive in the Gulf of Mexico while withering elsewhere

We've heard plenty of bad news about Florida's waterways. Algae blooms from Lake Okeechobee spilling into estuaries along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. Red tide killing untold numbers of fish in Tampa Bay. Coral dying in the Florida Keys.

Southeast
Local

FL - Many Floridians say they would ignore hurricane evacuations

Four in 10 Floridians surveyed by the AAA auto club said gas prices might keep them from leaving. The news came as forecasters suggested a potential storm in the Gulf could track toward Florida.

Southeast
Waterways

GA - Army planners finish environmental study for Brunswick Harbor widening and expansion

June 2, 2022 - After three years, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) planners have finalized an environmental study for Brunswick Harbor, Ga.’s widening, expansion, operation and maintenance. Corps officials signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Environmental Assessment (EA) for the study May 25.

Southeast
Property

FL - Hurricane Andrew photos remain startling reminders of powerful storms 30 years later

It's been 30 years since the landfall for Hurricane Andrew, but the photos are still as startling and breathtaking as ever. They've made their mark in history and many are recognizable for the damage associated with how powerful hurricanes can be.

Southeast
Waterways

FL - Congress passes legislation to address toxic algal blooms in South Florida, bill to target manatee restoration

Congress passed legislation in May, aiming to focus federal responses to South Florida’s harmful algae blooms, but local officials worry the bill may not be a timely enough effort to combat the decreasing manatee population.

Southeast
Science

FL - Fish Off The Coast of Florida Test Positive For Numerous Pharmaceutical Drugs, New Study Finds

Bonefish off the coast of Florida have tested positive for numerous pharmaceutical drugs, according to a new study.

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