Northeast
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Engineering

NJ - Peckman River Basin Flood Risk Management Project Clears Key Hurdle After 20 Years

It was 21 years ago next month that Hurricane Floyd struck the East Coast, killing seven people in New Jersey, including one man from Little Falls.

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Energy

NY - New York's Hydropower Plan Stirs Concerns Over Impact on Waterways

But NYC needs power to replace Indian Point’s nuclear energy without resorting to new fossil-fuel usage.

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Fisheries

RI - URI Researcher Maps Commercial Fishing Activity; Aim is to Reduce Conflict With Wind Farm Developers

A University of Rhode Island natural resource economist has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to create a new way of documenting where commercial fishing is conducted in southern New England waters.

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Waterways

ME - $650K EPA Grant to Help Keep Casco Bay Clean

The University of Southern Maine, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership and others will help sustain Casco Bay for decades with EPA grant.

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Property

RI - South Kingstown Land Trust Gets $400K DEM Grant

South County is set to receive state money to protect open space on a historic South Kingstown farm property and to make needed infrastructure improvements in Narragansett and North Kingstown.

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Science

ME - Maine is Home to 8 Types of Sharks, From Sand Tigers to Great Whites

After the fatal great white shark attack that occurred off the coast of Maine in July, some people may be questioning their knowledge of the Maine ocean and its many inhabitants.

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Property

NY - Power Outages After Tropical Storm Isaias Were a Warning to Utilities

Utilities are scrambling after Isaias, and they should be worried about the next storm.

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Property

CT - Lamont Declares State of Emergency as Power Restoration Could Take Days

Nearly 700,000 utility customers across Connecticut remained in the dark Wednesday night after a day of damage assessments from the storm that slammed the region Tuesday afternoon.

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Waterways

NJ - DEP Approves $3.5 Million For Water-Quality – Including HABs with Lake Hopatcong Getting $700.000+

The Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $3.5 million in grants for projects to reduce the impacts of nonpoint source pollution on waterways, including $1 million for the development of lake and watershed restoration plans to mitigate harmful algal blooms, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

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Engineering

NJ - Beach Building Stakes Rise With Sea Level

OCEAN CITY — Water gushes through the bars of a 10-foot square steel box near Brighton Avenue on the north end of the island, spewing muddy sand that was pumped from a dredge moored off the beach in the Great Egg Harbor Inlet.

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Fisheries

MA - NOAA cancels surveys, angering fishermen | Fishing Industry News

A week after announcing the Aug. 14 redeployment of at-sea monitors aboard Northeast groundfish vessels, NOAA Fisheries said it is canceling four fisheries and ecosystem surveys over COVID-19 safety concerns for its staff.

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Property

RI - Rising Waters Put Historic Coastal Properties at Significant Risk

No one strategy can protect landmarks in Newport, Wickford, and other vulnerable locations along the Rhode Island shoreline from rising seas and nuisance flooding.

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Energy

ME - University of Maine Enters into Public-Private Offshore Wind Venture Worth $147M

An experimental offshore wind power project conceived a dozen years ago took a major step forward Wednesday.

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Fisheries

ME - Maine Lobster Fishery Loses Sustainable Seafood Label

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has suspended its certification of the Gulf of Maine lobster fishery after determining that the fishery was potentially jeopardizing the survival of the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale.

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Local

NY - When the Bronx Was a Forest: Stroll Through the Centuries

With more residents than Dallas, more than Atlanta and San Francisco combined, the Bronx is a vast, vibrant megalopolis, which also happens to be New York City’s greenest borough.

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Property

NY - NY Sea Grant and Cornell Professor Introduce Lake Ontario Parcel-Level Flood Risk Prediction Tool at Aug. 20 Webinar

From 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20, New York Sea Grant will offer a free webinar with Scott Steinschneider, Ph.D., of the Cornell University Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, detailing a parcel-level flood forecast risk management tool he has developed for use by communities along Lake Ontario and its embayments.

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Fisheries

NY - Entangled Humpback Whale Rescued from New York Channel

A humpback whale tangled in fishing gear was freed in a complex four-day operation in New York’s busy Ambrose Channel, according to federal and state officials.

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Tourism

ME - Weekly Rentals in Maine 'Busier Than Ever' as Tourists Seek Socially Distanced Vacations

Things were looking bleak in April and May when people who work in Maine’s tourism industry were wondering how the 2020 summer might be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and by restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the disease.

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Science

MA - Brown Shark Tagging on the Vineyard Aids National Research Efforts

Bennett MacDougall stood knee-deep in the surf at Wasque on a recent Wednesday evening, casting chunks of fresh bluefish into the rip tides, aiming to hit a shoal about 100 feet from shore.

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Engineering

NJ - Army Corps Awards $23.8M Contract for Atlantic County Beach Replenishment

Dredging and beachfill operations are slated for Absecon Island in Atlantic County, officials announced.

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Tourism

ME - Maine's Tourism Industry on Life-Support as Visitors Trickle Back

Hotel occupancy and out-of-state traffic increased over July but many businesses are still barely hanging on and hope to survive through the summer.

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Waterways

NY - Losing $240M a Month, Port Authority Reiterates Calls for $3B in Federal Aid

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- As the Port Authority continues to hemorrhage revenue amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the agency has reiterated calls for the federal government to provide much-needed financial aid.

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Tourism

NH - Beach Battle: Reduced Access Increases Tension Between Tourists and Seacoast Communities

RYE – New Hampshire’s Atlantic coastline, the smallest in New England, is just 13 miles long, or 18.5 miles if you include inlets.

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Science

ME - New Method Lets Scientists Peer Deeper into Ocean

Researchers have advanced a new way to see into the ocean's depths, establishing an approach to detect algae and measure key properties using light. A new article reports using a laser-based tool, lidar, to collect these measurements far deeper than has been typically possible using satellites.

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Waterways

MA - Towns Back to Work on Nauset Inlet Dredging

EASTHAM -- Still waters run deep, but the Nauset Estuary isn’t deep enough anymore.

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Tourism

NJ - New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Launches New Beach Safety Campaign

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, along with New York Sea Grant, is encouraging people to enjoy the BEach SAFEly, and has recently launched a campaign that focuses on both COVID-19 precautions and ocean hazards of which beachgoers should be aware.

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Federal

ME - Federal Law from 1970s may be Linked to Fatal Maine Shark Attack

A federal law from the 1970s that’s led to a booming seal population is likely to blame in the fatal great white shark attack in Maine, according to experts cited in a new report.

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Energy

NE - Offshore Wind Advocates, Fishermen Push Last Arguments for BOEM Study

With the public comment period closing near midnight, advocacy groups for the offshore wind and commercial fishing industries marshaled their supporters for a last push to influence federal regulators on the future of the new power supply.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Saving New York's $3 Billion Environmental Bond - Coronavirus Coverage

Last winter, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a $3 billion environmental bond to fund critical infrastructure and other measures to protect New York from the impacts of pollution, irresponsible development and climate change.

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Fisheries

NY - Oyster Farmers in Great South Bay Harvesting Crops While Saving the Waters

Environmental programs using shellfish to help restore the waterways of Long Island.

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Tourism

NJ - Bacteria Are Fouling the Water off NJ’s Beaches, Advocates Warn. It’s from Leaking Septic Systems, Farms and More

Report says a third of beaches exceeded federal limits at least once last year, putting swimmers’ health at risk.

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Property

MA - First Street Provides Another Wave of Flood Data for South Shore Residents to Consider

QUINCY — When Shane Davis bought his home on Martensen Street in Quincy in 2006, his insurance broker told him not to worry about flood insurance.

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Tourism

CT - Utter Disaster at Fairfield Beaches Led to Residents-Only Rule

Fairfield's beaches were "like something you would see on television from Florida," but are now much safer, the first selectwoman said.

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Fisheries

MA - 'We Have No Market, but Lots of Lobsters': A Maine Lobsterwoman Fights for Her Livelihood

The fishery is buffeted by the climate crisis and other problems but the coronavirus pandemic has opened a new front.

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Engineering

NJ - Dredging of Oyster Creek Channel Anticipated for Fall Start

A project to deepen certain areas of the Intracoastal Waterway off Long Beach Island is expected to begin in November, nearly a year after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a contract to address shoaling issues in the channel from Cape May north to the Island.

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Property

MA - Q&A with BPDA: How to Protect Boston Housing from Climate Change

With ocean waters rising and tidal storm surges growing both more frequent and more forceful, this century promises to be a challenging one for a coastal city with centuries-old architecture built mere feet above sea level.

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Property

MA - ReMain Nantucket Launches Initiative Seeking Solutions to Sea-Level Rise On-Island

ReMain Nantucket announced this week the inception of Envision Resilience: Nantucket Challenge, a coastal-resilience initiative that will leverage academia and local leadership to develop and consider innovative and adaptive solutions to sea-level rise.

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Science

USA - North Atlantic Right Whales Just One Step Away From Extinction

The North Atlantic Right Whale was recently added to the “critically endangered” list -- putting them just one step from extinction.

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Fisheries

MA - Despite Increased Supply, South Shore Fishermen are Finding Demand for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna is Way Down

It may be a great year to catch bluefin tuna but the limited market for the high-priced fish has shrunk as restaurants struggle during the pandemic.

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Engineering

RI - Plans for New Wind Port at Controversial South Quay Advance

Gov. Gina Raimondo is pushing new development to lift Rhode Island’s coronavirus-plagued economy out of recession.

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Property

NE - Sunny Day Floods Expected to Increase Dramatically

The NOAA published a study showing that New England could be facing significant flooding brought on by climate change.

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Fisheries

ME - 1 in 3 Maine Lobstermen Lands Federal Pandemic Loan

Lobstermen got more small Paycheck Protection Program loans than members of any other Maine industry, but the size of the average loan was small.

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Tourism

NJ - How Can Shore Towns Keep Beaches from Being Overrun by Crowds? It’s Complicated.

It’s July in Jersey, we’re tired of being stuck home, and flying to exotic locales isn’t in the cards, so down the Shore we go.

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Engineering

NJ - Jersey Shore Mayor Says DEP is Playing Politics Over Dune Construction Violations

A Jersey Shore mayor is striking back against the state after it issued violation notices last month over what it terms illegal beach construction by the town.

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Fisheries

NE - Can New England's Cod Fishing Industry Survive?

Scientists and fishers agree that cod fishery is at a crisis point – but they disagree on what’s causing it.

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Property

MA - Boston Has Already Experienced Some of the Nation’s Worst Tidal Flooding — and it’s Going to Get Much Worse, Study Finds

With some of the nation’s highest tides ever recorded, Boston has had more sunny-day flooding than nearly any other coastal community in the country — and the worst is yet to come as sea levels rise, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Fisheries

NE - Fishing the Canyons: Coral Amendment Will Expand Restrictions of Atlantic Monument

A June 5 presidential proclamation ended a prohibition on commercial fishing in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts marine national monument and returned management of the area to the New England Fishery Management Council.

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Science

NJ - NJ Policymakers Face a Steep Climb in Implementing Climate-Science Report, Analysts Say

State response seen as unlikely to match daunting list of climate challenges identified in DEP document

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Federal

USA - Recovering the Titanic’s Radio Could Signal a Disaster for Underwater Cultural Heritage (With ASPN Podcast)

The RMS Titanic’s Marconi radio was last used to make distress calls from the north Atlantic after the ship struck an iceberg on April 14 1912. Should the ship's hull be cut to remove it?

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Energy

NY - Success of NY Offshore Wind Industry Depends on Collaboration with Scallop Fishery

Offshore wind is considered one of the most promising forms of renewable energy to expand this decade.

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Property

NJ - Looking Toward Shore's Past, Future Hurricanes

OCEAN COUNTY – The ominous weather reports before Hurricane Sandy hit just before Halloween in October 2012 were not anything you’d want to hear.

Northeast
Engineering

NH - Rep. Pappas announces funds to help build resilient coast in NH

RYE — Congressman Chris Pappas toured coastal infrastructure last Thursday and learned about an initiative to guard against future flood events.

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Property

NY - To Face Flooding, New York Region Needs Big Bucks and Bold Moves: Report

When New Yorkers cast their ballots in November’s presidential race, they will also have a chance to vote on a $3 billion bond act that, advocates say, gives the metropolitan region a chance to be ready for the higher seas and stronger storms that climate change will almost certainly send its way.

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Property

NJ - The ten hurricanes and tropical storms to make landfall In South Jersey since 1900

Since the year 1900, there have been ten tropical storms or hurricanes that have made a direct landfall in South Jersey.

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Advocacy

NY - In Montauk, a Small Organization With a Big Reach

The physical and cultural landscapes of Montauk have been evolving for decades, as shifts in the environment and social scene have wrought even more changes at what seems like a faster and faster rate.

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Engineering

NJ - Ocean City North End Beach Replenishment Enters Next Step

The guarded Atlantic Beach has reopened, while some beach entrances are now closed.

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Science

MA - Biodiversity Research Institute Announces First Successful Loon Nesting in Southern Massachusetts in a Century

Newswise — Portland, ME—Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) announces the successful results of its long-term loon translocation and restoration project Restore the Call.

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