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Energy

Connecticut’s first offshore wind bidding war applauded

A fishing vessel travels Dec. 20, 2016, in Block Island Sound, with a 6-megawatt wind turbine generator, comprising the first offshore wind farm in the United States, the 30 megawatt, five-turbine Block Island Wind Farm by Deepwater Wind, in the background. Environmentalists and offshore wind companies are applauding Connecticut's first bidding war devoted to offshore wind. The request for proposals includes stipulations to protect marine wildlife and the fishing industry.

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First Titanic dives in 14 years reveal how the ocean floor is swallowing up the shipwreck

The RMS Titanic was visited by divers for the first time in 14 years, and the ship that was once a picture of luxury was found in the process of being swallowed up by the ocean floor and ravaged by metal-eating bacteria.

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Fisheries

The Codfather settles for $3 million penalty

Longtime Massachusetts fishing kingpin Carlos Rafael will pay a $3 million civil penalty, and sell his fishing vessels and permits under a final settlement with federal authorities.

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Science

$20M grant awarded to Maine institutes for DNA-based ocean monitoring

A $20 million grant announced today from the National Science Foundation will fund a five-year initiative by Maine science institutes to revolutionize the understanding and management of coastal ocean ecosystems.

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Property

Nature-based solutions can help New York and New Jersey adapt to rising seas and intensifying storms

Are we prepared? With peak hurricane season upon us and what seems like daily coverage of record storms, floods, and ice melt, climate adaptation solutions should be top of mind for individuals and governments alike.

Northeast
Advocacy

Maryland - County must open private beach to public

MAYO, Md. - After three decades of allowing a community association private water access on public land at Beverly Beach, Anne Arundel County must either open the 7 acres to the public or find the same amount of land elsewhere to open to the public.

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Recreation

New Jersey - Advocacy organization’s efforts lead to another handicapped-accessible N.J. beach

“Creating better beach access for people with disabilities.” That’s the motto of Beach Days for All, an Ocean County-based organization led by Jessica Miscio and Chris Aldrich.

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Fisheries

Maine - Lobstermen invited to weigh in on whale protection plan

The new measures, adopted in April by the take reduction team, call for lobstermen throughout New England to reduce the number of vertical lines in the water to mitigate whale entanglements and reduce North Atlantic right whale mortalities by 60 percent.

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Engineering

New York: Rockaway Beach is Disappearing and Resurgent All at Once

After Superstorm Sandy, New York City’s oceanfront neighborhood got a boost of investment. But that hasn’t stopped the waves from stealing the beach.

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Science

America’s hot spots: R.I. among the fastest-warming state’s in U.S.

Alaska is the fastest-warming state in the country, but Rhode Island is the first state in the Lower 48 whose average temperature rise has eclipsed 2 degrees Celsius. Other parts of the Northeast - New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine and Massachusetts - trail close behind.

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Engineering

New Jersey: Dredging, beachfill project set for Cape May

Dredging and beachfill operations are set to begin in a portion of Cape May this fall, officials announced.

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Property

New York: Suffolk County unveils ‘significant’ $4B plan to address nitrogen pollution

Suffolk County officials last week unveiled a $4 billion plan they say will serve as a blueprint for transitioning away from traditional cesspools, which have been identified as a main culprit of nitrogen pollution in ground and surface waters.

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Energy

Federal delay sends chill through offshore-wind industry

In recent days the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM, a subsidiary of the Department of the Interior, delayed an 800-megawatt wind project off the coast of Massachusetts indefinitely.

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Recreation

New Jersey: Can Beachgoers Walk the Beach Without a Tag?

The Herald received a series of Spout Offs stating that an Avalon beachgoer’s rights were infringed upon. The beachgoer was allegedly stopped by the Avalon Beach Patrol because they took a walk on an Avalon beach without a beach tag.

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Energy

Industry Association: Decision to delay Vineyard Wind undermines U.S. energy dominance agenda

Last week, the U.S. Department of the Interior made the formal decision to delay Vineyard Wind, a proposed large-scale offshore wind project, to conduct a supplemental study.

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Fisheries

NOAA to meet with public about possible new whale protection

Federal officials will meet with fishermen and other members of the public in a series of meetings about possible changes to rules designed to protect vulnerable whales.

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Tourism

Which Shore beach has the best sand? The devil’s in the details.

If you're an avid beach-goer, you likely have a favorite place to park your beach chair and catch some rays. And even if you only make a few day trips each summer, we bet you throw your beach towel or blanket on the sand in the same spot, give or take a few yards if your go-to place is packed that day.

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Property

5 Takeaways For New England From U.N. Report On Climate Change And Land Use

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is out with a new report Thursday examining how land use contributes to climate change and other environmental problems.

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Property

On Dorchester Waterfront, Climate Resilience Is A Sticking Point For Neighbors And Developer

At first, it sounds like a grand slam for Boston: Revitalize a ramshackle waterfront lot and open public access to the water; build 85 units of desperately needed housing and boost tax revenue; and do it in a way that defends a section of the coastline from rising seas.

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Advocacy

Good news! Piping plovers fledge record number of chicks in Maine

The number of nesting pairs on the state's beaches also set a record, but wildlife officials say protections remain critical for the endangered shorebirds.

Northeast
Advocacy

Video: Sailor Helps Save Minke Whale Trapped In Fishing Gear Off Rockport, MA

An 18 foot Minke whale is alive and swimming free somewhere off Cape Ann, thanks in part to a retired Navy officer.

Northeast
Science

More right whales are dying off Canada as climate change pushes food sources north, scientists say

For the past several years, including this one, endangered North Atlantic right whales appear to have been bypassing traditional feeding grounds off Maine’s coast, congregating instead off Canada in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where some are dying.

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Fisheries

Long Island Shellfish Population To Be Revitalized Through Gardening Program

The program is meant to rehabilitate the shellfish population, which benefits Long Island as a whole.

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Recreation

Indicating Larger Crisis, Bacteria Invade New Jersey's Largest Lake

This summer, New Jersey’s water problems have hit home. The threat is everywhere, from beaches and bays to inland lakes and streams to reservoirs and drinking water. Stormwater runoff, leaky sewer pipes, failing septics and unchecked agricultural uses are bringing nutrients and sewer overflows into our waterways.

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Fisheries

Maine: Mackerel, small but economically important, hits 'overfished' list

For the first time, the Atlantic mackerel — native to the Gulf of Maine — has been added to a federal list of overfished species.

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Recreation

Great white sharks rule Cape Cod waters

Scientists have begun a new research program around Cape Cod in Massachusetts, focusing on movements and behavior of a growing great white shark population, to reduce the increasing potential for interactions with humans.

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Energy

Offshore wind deal pushing forward at New London State Pier

New London, Connecticut — Key players in the $93 million public-private investment to establish an offshore wind hub here say the deal has not been delayed by recent shakeups in Connecticut Port Authority leadership.

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Fisheries

Latest numbers spell trouble for New England's lobster population

Baby lobsters are continuing to appear in high numbers off some parts of Canada while tailing off in New England, raising questions about what the valuable shellfish's population will look like in several years.

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Waterways

Working waterfront groups to share $1.1 million in Land for Maine's Future grants

Six working waterfronts in Maine will receive grants through the Land for Maine's Future program.

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Fisheries

Rep. Patrick Kearney sponsoring three bills for Massachusetts’ fishing industry

State Rep. Patrick Kearney is sponsoring three bills aimed at helping the state’s commercial fishing and lobster industries.

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Energy

U.S. Offshore Wind Project Awards Push Market Boundaries

Set for construction off the coast of Atlantic City, the estimated $1.6-billion wind farm is the country’s largest offshore capacity award.

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Recreation

Nightime Portsmouth beach parking restriction irks neighbors

Town Administrator Richard Rainer said police will not infringe any person’s right to use the McCorrie Point Beach responsibly. But they just can’t park there after 9 p.m.

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Tourism

Canada announces investment to support tourism in Nova Scotia

Tourism is an inclusive sector that showcases Canada’s culture, diversity, natural beauty and unique experiences to the world. It delivers economic benefits across the country by supporting one in ten jobs. That’s why the Government of Canada is investing in our tourism sector’s businesses and assets.

Northeast
Advocacy

Rhode Island Desk: Reps. Edwards, Canario call on RIDOT to remove barrier of water access

Rep. John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Portsmouth, Tiverton) and Rep. Dennis M. Canario (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton) have called upon the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to remove a barrier that has been erected on Nanaquaket Road in Tiverton that blocks access to an inlet of Narragansett Bay.

Northeast
Local

NYT: ‘We Cannot Save Everything’: A Historic Neighborhood Confronts Rising Seas

Colonial-era homes line the streets of The Point in Newport, R.I. Climate change is forcing experts to reimagine the future of historic preservation here.

Northeast
Energy

Atlantic Offshore Wind: Favorable Winds for Maritime

Now that the United States finally can envision steady winds blowing from the Atlantic Seaboard due to a pipeline of offshore wind farms on the horizon, the maritime industry can finally step up and earn some of the benefits. This includes shipbuilding, port construction, and worker training. This article reviews the key developments and forecasts the growth in maritime jobs.

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Fisheries

Maine Voices: It’s past time to do broad-based ocean planning

We must deal with conflicts among ocean users while maintaining the health of the marine ecosystem.

Northeast
Property

NOAA Report on Coastal Flooding Alarming for NJ

This new report from NOAA shows that New Jersey is among the most vulnerable states in the nation to impacts from sea level rise and climate change.

Northeast
Advocacy

Battle over beach tags: Should Jersey Shore towns require them? Pro/con | Opinion

Shore season is in full swing. With the arrival of summer, many Philadelphians leave the city and spend their time in towns up and down the South Jersey coast.

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Advocacy

Fight over coastal access continues as activists stage protest

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. —The challenge to private beach owners wanting to stop public access to their land is far from over, says Scott Keeley, who organized a protest drawing more than 200 supporters to step over the Charlestown-South Kingstown line into the sand of exclusive beaches.

Northeast
Engineering

Coastal communities weigh in on resiliency planning

It’s only a matter of time before New Jersey’s coastal regions have to face the harsh reality that sea levels are rising, according to New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection, which is projecting significant increases only 10 years from now.

Northeast
Advocacy

Coastal debate comes down to boundaries, or lack thereof

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Exactly defining public access along beaches — and other areas around Rhode Island’s coast — is a complex undertaking requiring some serious study, said Virginia Lee, who has studied the issue and is an author of guides to public access to shorefront areas.

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Engineering

America is building another big wall. This one will protect New York

By 2025, New York's Staten Island will be fortified by a towering seawall running 5.3 miles along the coast, an engineering feat designed to ward off a growing threat.

Northeast
Engineering

City presents new design for its East Side Coastal Resiliency Project following community feedback

New York City - The city unveiled last week an updated design for its plan to protect an area stretching from the Lower East Side to East 25th Street from flooding. The Department of Design and Construction (DDC) presented on Thursday its preliminary design for the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project (ESCR) to Community Board 3, as Curbed NY reported.

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Property

Denial of expanded erosion-control measures for Nantucket bluff under appeal

NANTUCKET — Efforts to fight erosion on the Sankaty Bluff are headed to court. The Sconset Beach Preservation Fund has appealed the Conservation Commission’s decision to deny expansion of an erosion-control project at the base of the bluff. The fund’s leaders have appealed to both the state Department of Environmental Protection and Nantucket Superior Court.

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Engineering

New York City: East Side Resiliency Plan Faces Key Hearing

The de Blasio administration has a plan to shore up the Lower East Side’s defenses against rising seawaters. It will also rebuild the largest park in Lower Manhattan.

Northeast
Energy

New York Signs Biggest Offshore Wind Project Deal in the Nation

New York has signed the biggest-ever deals for offshore wind power in U.S. history, a key part of the state’s plan to get all of its power from emissions-free sources by 2040.

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Fisheries

Inside Montauk's commercial fishing industry

When Gosman’s Dock, 14 acres of restaurants and shops at Montauk Harbor, went on the market for $52.5 million in 2015, it signaled the latest evolution in a "discovered" coastal town that used to be all about surfing, fishing and dive bars. But walk past the dumpster and ice machine onto the dock that stretches into the harbor, and you’re in another world.

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Science

Two more right whales found dead off east coast, bringing total to eight this year

MONCTON, N.B. — Two more dead North Atlantic right whales have been spotted off the east coast, bringing to eight the number of the endangered whales to die this year in Canadian waters, federal officials said Friday.

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Property

Plan would make multimillion-dollar mansions eligible for disaster aid

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) — On an exclusive Connecticut peninsula, where signs warn outsiders to stay off private roads, eight multimillion-dollar homes with sprawling yards along the Long Island Sound are poised to become eligible for taxpayer-funded disaster aid.

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Advocacy

Poor weather prevents attempt to free entangled North Atlantic right whale

Poor weather conditions have forced a whale rescue team to postpone its bid to disentangle a North Atlantic right whale from fishing gear that is trailing from its head.

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Federal

Maine political leaders promise to press Trump for lobster haulers opposed to new rules

Mainers who haul lobsters for a living do not kill right whales.That was the message from a rally at Stonington’s commercial fishing pier on Sunday attended by more than 500 people, including Gov. Janet Mills, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, and U.S. Reps. Jared Golden and Chellie Pingree.

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Advocacy

Disappointment in the Hamptons: Entangled Whale Prompts Criticism Of Gill Nets

The small whale that was freed from a commercial fishing net after becoming entangled off Sagaponack last week has prompted community concern about the safety of the type of fishing nets it had encountered.

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Recreation

Dune-divided community eyes boardwalk to ‘heal the damage’

In this July 31, 2017 photo beachgoers cross over one of numerous large pools of water that formed on the beach in Margate N.J., due to heavy rains. The water was blocked from draining into the ocean by new sand dunes being built as part of a storm protection program that Margate residents vigorously fought, claiming that the dunes would cause exactly the type of standing water that occurred. Now some residents are pushing for construction of a boardwalk to mitigate what they say is damage to the beach caused by the dune project.

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Advocacy

As death toll rises, scientists struggle to track massive, elusive right whales

“It’s so critical to know where they are to keep them safe,” Worm said in an interview Tuesday.

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Tourism

DELAWARE - Sussex County mulling options for raising lodging tax

GEORGETOWN — Like accommodations in neighboring Kent County and Dover, rooms in hotels, motels and tourists homes may soon cost visitors to Sussex County more.

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Local

Rep. Blume: Maine can adapt to climate change

YORK, Maine — Every summer as a child, Lydia Blume would come to the Down East coast with her family – Islesford, Blue Hill, similar small coastal towns. More than 30 years ago, her parents moved to Hancock, and she still regularly spends time there. For as long as she can remember, she has been steeped in the life of the Maine coastline.

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Tourism

How and why R.I. decides to close a beach

A guide to the bouncing beach ball of no-swim orders that typically follow heavy rain

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Property

Opinion: After hurricanes, why are the replacement beach houses bigger?

Engineering projects such as beach nourishment — adding sand to eroded shorelines — and seawalls may also indirectly encourage development. Experts call this pattern, in which hazard protections promote risky land-use decisions, the “safe development paradox.”

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Local

The Story of Humarock, Massachusetts -- Beach Homeowners Say 'No' to Beach Project

There's a $9.6 million plan to protect Humarock from increasingly damaging storms fed by sea level rise, but some residents just don't like the terms. (Originally published December 16, 2017, a collaboration of The Weather Channel and InsideClimate News. The community continues to reject the proposed project today).

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Fisheries

Lobstermen’s rally targets lack of science behind right whale rules

A rally designed to draw attention to impending federal regulations that would strike a big blow to the local lobster fishing industry drew hundreds of fishermen, their families and supporters from up and down the coast to the Stonington Commercial Fish Pier.

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Engineering

$7.6 Million Contract Awarded for Cape May Beach Replenishment Project

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District has awarded a $7.6 million contract to the Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company of Illinois for beach replenishment in Cape May.

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Fisheries

Changing climate boosts Maine lobster industry — for now

Maine’s lobster industry has found itself in something of a climate change sweet spot.

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Advocacy

Delaware Governor Carney Signs Legislation to Ban Plastic Bags, Reduce Litter

New Delaware Laws Will Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags and Create a Litter Investigation and Enforcement Fund

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Waterways

Two Massachusetts ports are biggest winners in state’s $3.6m dredging giveaway

Commercial fishing ports in Hingham and Beverly, Massachusetts, will benefit the most from a combined $3.6 million in grants awarded recently by the US state for dredging purposes, based on a press release from governor Charlie Baker's office.

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Engineering

Flood Plan That Rebuilds NYC's East River Park Draws Dozens To Meeting

The New York City Planning Commission held a hearing on the controversial flood protection plan for Manhattan's east side.

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Fisheries

Feds Schedule Hearings On Controversial Right Whale Rules

Federal regulators are scheduling a series of public hearings on proposed new fishing-gear rules that aim to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale from potentially deadly entanglements.

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Engineering

Delaware: First State officials slam sea wall plan as unrealistic way to repel rising seas

State and local officials are rejecting a new report that says coastal states including Delaware need to spend billions of dollars on thousands of miles of sea walls to defend themselves against projected sea-level rise by 2040.

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