Northeast
Northeast
Fisheries

Oyster Farmers, Lobster Haulers Take Their Turf Battle To Maine State House

Consideration of a bill that would establish a task force to study aquaculture sustainability across Maine evolved on Tuesday into a familiar squabble.

Northeast
Engineering

Massachusetts: Oak Bluffs Beachfill Project Proposed

The Town of Oak Bluffs is seeking a permit from the Army Corps’ New England District to conduct work in waters of the U.S. in conjunction with protecting coastal banks and restoring public beaches in Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Northeast
Energy

In Northeast, more research needed on offshore wind’s impact on fishing

A new alliance seeks to collect and share information on the relationships between fisheries and wind development.

Northeast
Federal

Massachusetts: Feds plan waterfowl, coyote hunts in Monomoy refuge

CHATHAM – For the first time since the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1944, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to allow the hunting of migratory waterfowl and coyote inside the refuge.

Northeast
Engineering

Massachusetts: Ruling On Erosion Control May Set Precedent

Homeowners on Cape Cod have long looked for innovative technology to protect their homes from erosion, but it looks likely that rows of timber pilings will not fit the bill, at least not ones that are packed tightly together.

Northeast
Energy

British Fishermen Offer A Glimpse Of The Future For U.S. Counterparts Worried About Offshore Wind Impacts

A pair of British fishermen told a room full of South Fork commercial fishermen last week that they went through the same sort of battles with wind farm developers 10 to 15 years ago that Northeast fishermen are just beginning to wade into now.

Northeast
Fisheries

New Fishing Rights in Gulf of Maine Upheld by Judge

WASHINGTON (CN) – A federal judge upheld a rule Monday that opens up a portion of the western Gulf of Maine to commercial and recreational fishing for the first time.

Northeast
Property

New Jersey: Flood Insurance Changes Worry Jersey Shore Residents

ATLANTIC CITY - Pat and Alonzo Bailey live in a modest, one-story house two blocks from the bay in Bungalow Park. The couple say they spend about $2,600 on flood insurance annually, a rate determined by three factors: the elevation of their home, its location in the 100-year floodplain and a lack of flood vents on the foundation.

Northeast
Energy

Scaling the US East Coast offshore wind industry to 20 gigawatts and beyond

Offshore wind is poised to become a major source of power for the most densely populated area of the United States. Nine building blocks are needed to meet growth milestones and successfully scale the industry.

Northeast
Advocacy

New Jersey finally reaches a sensible consensus on beach access (for now)

The state Legislature has overwhelmingly approved a bill making clear the public’s right to get to and enjoy beaches and riverfronts.

Northeast
Engineering

NYC Develops Plan to Protect Lower Manhattan's Shoreline from Climate Change Impacts

The project will include the expansion of the Lower Manhattan shoreline and four capital projects devoted to the resiliency of Lower Manhattan neighborhoods

Northeast
Energy

Fishermen seek voice in offshore wind power planning

Finally achieving some traction with federal regulators, the commercial fishing industry is working to solidify its place at the table with the U.S. offshore wind energy industry.

Northeast
Engineering

New Hampshire agency warns of disappearance of Rye’s beaches

RYE, New Hampshire-- The Board of Selectmen met with a state Department of Environmental Services (DES) representative to review conservation practices to reduce erosion and prepare for impacts of sea level rise on the town’s coast and coastal estuaries.

Northeast
Energy

LONG ISLAND - As wind giants set sights on NY, fishermen demand a role

UK fishermen tell locals of their experiences in Europe with offshore wind farms and how to organize.

Northeast
Science

First right whale calves of season sighted in Cape Cod Bay

The first right whale calf of the season was spotted over the weekend. Researchers say there are only about 450 left in the world.

Northeast
Energy

Eversource advances Cape Cod battery project, defers 13-mile distribution line

Eversource advanced plans to install a 25 MW / 38 MWh lithium-ion battery in Provincetown, Massachusetts, after residents approved a lease for the project last week, the utility announced on Friday.

Northeast
Fisheries

Nova Scotia Maritime fishermen say U.S. senator Susan Collins 'misinformed' on lobster fishery

Canadian lobster fishermen respond to remarks accusing them of undermining conservation efforts

Northeast
Science

Scientists Document Summer Surge of Great White Sharks

They increasingly hunt in the waters off Cape Cod, and sometimes humans get in their way. Last summer, scientist Greg Skomal was one of them.

Northeast
Engineering

Lavallette Beach Replenishment Hits the Final Stretch: Take a Tour

New Jersey - Video of Weeks Marine's trailing hopper suction dredges "RN Weeks" and "MV Magdalen" work offshore to pumping sand ashore while support excavating machinery builds back the Lavallette Beach, in NJ.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

USACE awards $3.8 million services contract for Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway

NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a five-year services contract to U.S. Facilities Inc. for operations and maintenance of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway’s locks and bridges.

Northeast
Engineering

Rehoboth, Dewey Delaware expecting late-fall beach replenishment

Last done in 2016, part of a 50-year federal program, state pays 35 percent

Northeast
Engineering

Opinion We Can’t Effectively Plan for Climate Change without Real Community Dialogue and Long-term Planning

As we march toward a new climate reality, are we leaving the public behind? The New York City Panel on Climate Change’s (NPCC) 2019 report, released on March 15, offers a sobering new lens known as the Rapid Ice Melt scenario: the metropolitan region could experience 9.5 feet of sea level rise by the end of the century. That’s six inches short of the height of a regulation basketball hoop.

Northeast
Federal

LONG ISLAND, NY: How 2020 revamp of federal flood insurance rates could affect you

Location and rebuild cost are driving the new rates, FEMA and industry experts said. The overhaul has both support and criticism.

Northeast
Engineering

Queens, NYC: Beach Re-Nourishment Process Begins

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractor has begun moving work vessels, pipe, and other equipment to perform maintenance dredging of East Rockaway Inlet to beneficially use dredged sand to re-nourish and restore Rockaway Beach between Beach 92nd Street and Beach 103rd Street, the USACE and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday.

Northeast
Energy

Inside the Expanding World of Offshore Wind

While the East End has been focused on the development of the South Fork Wind Farm, a 130-megawatt offshore turbine installation about 30 miles off the coast of Montauk, the offshore wind industry has been gearing up for major expansion up and down the eastern seaboard.

Northeast
Fisheries

NOAA to cut dogfish quota in half

BOSTON — Federal fishing regulators say they're reducing the quota for a small species of shark that is fished commercially off the East Coast.

Northeast
Fisheries

Bait crisis could take the steam out of lobster this summer

The boom times for the U.S. lobster industry are imperiled this year because of a shortage of a little fish that has been luring the crustaceans into traps for hundreds of years.

Northeast
Fisheries

Jonah Crab Moves Mainstream In Gulf Of Maine After Decades As Lobster Bycatch

Regulators are taking comments on plans to expand a lucrative new crab fishery that’s stirring interest in the Gulf of Maine.

Northeast
Engineering

Islanders fear boardwalk could be off limits for years as East Shore Seawall plans move ahead

STATEN ISLAND -- As the federal government readies to begin construction on the long-awaited East Shore Seawall, some frequent Island visitors of the South Beach Boardwalk worry about losing a beloved recreation and scenic area for years.

Northeast
Engineering

How making lower Manhattan larger will protect it from future flooding

The $10B climate resiliency plan would extend the Manhattan shoreline by as much as 500 feet into the East River.

Northeast
Advocacy

Opinion: With summer on the way, will New Jersey’s new beach-access bill make waves? | Mulshine

Spring is in the air. The days are getting longer, the sun is shining and the crocuses are blooming. You know what that means? Yup. It means more battles over beach access. These battles have been going on at the Jersey Shore for as long as I can remember. The battle lines are quite different than what many people believe.

Northeast
Advocacy

Opinion: Massachusetts Climate change proposals deserve lawmakers’ consideration

There are three proposals before Beacon Hill lawmakers that could help pay for how we cope with the impacts of climate change — all should be considered.

Northeast
Science

Ocean acidification could impact Atlantic cod populations more severely than previously thought

The new study, which was published in the journal Global Change Biology last month, found that surviving cod larvae suffer significant organ damage and developmental delays that could cause problems throughout their lifetimes.

Northeast
Property

Environmental groups push property tax or water hike for septic improvements on Long Island Sound

The groups said the average annual cost to homeowners would be $75 for a tax increase, or $110 or higher for a water fee. But there's no guarantee the proposal will make it onto the November ballot.

Northeast
Advocacy

Public beach access bill passes N.J. Legislature

MARGATE — Sally Carter’s father still goes to the beach, but at 81 years old, it’s a struggle. Ahead of his visit, he calls the lifeguard station and asks for assistance getting over the dunes and onto the sand, Carter said. “It’s very limiting,” the lifelong Margate resident said while walking her dog on the beach Tuesday morning.

Northeast
Fisheries

Federal regulators, fishermen agree to consult on offshore wind

Federal energy and ocean officials signed a formal agreement with commercial fishing advocates to work together on planning for offshore wind energy development.

Northeast
Energy

Big hitters join New York offshore alliance

EnBW, EDF and Vineyard Wind join over two dozen stakeholders in industry group

Northeast
Energy

US offshore wind 'worth $70bn'

New study bases revenue projections on nearly 20GW of installed capacity by 2030

Northeast
Federal

No ’19 Federal Beach Replenishment for Stone Harbor

STONE HARBOR - Federal hydraulic beach replenishment projects on Seven Mile Island have always encompassed the neighboring boroughs of Avalon and Stone Harbor. Not so in 2019.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine lobster industry facing bait, potential regulation issues in 2019

On the heels of the Maine Department of Marine Resource’s announcement that the lobster industry topped USD 484 million (EUR 426 million) in value in 2018, the Maine Lobstermen’s Association was discussing the multiple outside factors that could make 2019 a difficult year for fishermen.

Northeast
Engineering

Manhattan Transfer - To save the city from rising seas, build more of it.

Bill de Blasio has plans to part the East River—and expects New Yorkers to follow him 500 feet into the estuary, to a new land that will protect downtown from the sea.

Northeast
Local

Mystic Island Residents Must Decide on Special Tax for Dredging

New Jersey - Little Egg Harbor Township ( Ocean County, New Jersey) held a special meeting March 15 with Mystic Island residents who live on the waterfront east of Radio Road. The township has seen the success of dredging Osborn Island lagoons through use of a special assessment levied on those waterfront dwellers and is now extending the question to the 526 property owners on 12 lagoons that lead to Rose Creek.

Northeast
Science

Officials unveil draft ‘Blue Plan’ to protect Long Island Sound

Madison, CT — The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on Wednesday unveiled the Long Island Sound Blue Plan, which maps out wildlife habitats and human activity in order to protect the environment, and commercial and recreational uses, while fostering harmonious development on the Sound.

Northeast
Energy

Speakers Blast Offshore Seismic Testing

CAPE MAY – Business leaders, Republican and Democratic officials, environmentalists and busloads of high school students gathered at Cape May Convention Hall March 18, in opposition to offshore oil exploration.

Northeast
Fisheries

More fluke could be coming for Connecticut fishermen

Three members of the state’s Congressional delegation — U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, and Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy — have announced that the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will be recommending changes to the management plan for summer flounder that will dramatically increase the quota for the state’s commercial fishermen.

Northeast
Energy

Anbaric Submits 1,200MW Massachusetts Interconnection Request

Anbaric has filed a request with ISO-New England for a 1,200MW HVDC interconnection to a substation in Brayton Point, Massachusetts, that would collect energy produced by offshore wind projects.

Northeast
Advocacy

New Jersey trying to write public waterways access into law

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Governments as far back as the Roman Empire have recognized it, but New Jersey is trying to enshrine in law the public's right to access waterways and shorelines.

Northeast
Engineering

Stunning Photos of NYC Subway Cars Dropped into the Ocean to Become Reefs

Have you ever wondered what happens to New York City’s subway cars after they are taken out of service? From 2001 to 2010, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), dropped 2,580 cars into the Atlantic Ocean, off the coasts of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia, to become artificial reefs. This incredible process, which began in the 207th Street Overhaul Shop in Inwood, Manhattan, was documented over the course of two years by photographer Stephen Mallon.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine’s cod fishery plummets to least valuable year since 1960s

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s cod fishery, once one of the most lucrative in the Northeast, has declined to the point that it had its least valuable year in more than a half-century in 2018.

Northeast
Property

York beach issue highlights public access concerns

YORK, Maine -- Of Maine’s entire 3,500-mile coastline, only 12 percent is publicly held. The remaining 88 percent, which includes beaches in Kittery, York, Wells, Kennebunk and beyond, is in private hands, with rights to the beach down to the low water mark.

Northeast
Engineering

NYC Mayor Proposes $10B Plan to Flood-Proof Manhattan as Climate Risk Grows

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed a $10 billion plan to push out the lower Manhattan coastline as much as 500 feet, or two city blocks, to protect from flooding that’s expected to become more frequent as global temperatures rise.

Northeast
Engineering

To address climate change, Manhattan would get larger under Mayor de Blasio's plan

The initial plan is to spend $500 million to fortify most of lower Manhattan with grassy berms in parks and removable barriers than can be installed this year when major storms approach. But the mayor and recommendations the city's Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency project calls for a more ambitious long-term plan.

Northeast
Engineering

Will damage awards threaten beach replenishment?

Two juries in Ocean County recently awarded oceanfront homeowners with compensation for easements placed on their properties in connection with beach replenishment. Some have questioned if these awards will negatively affect the continuation of beach replenishment projects.

Northeast
Energy

Offshore wind developers court recreational fishing community

Offshore wind energy developers are courting recreational fishermen in the New York Bight, who could gain dozens of new fishing spots around turbine towers, but worry about impacts of the massive projects on traditional fishing grounds.

Northeast
Energy

Connecticut joins suit against testing for offshore drilling

HARTFORD — Connecticut joined seven East Coast states Wednesday in a court motion to stop the Trump administration from using seismic testing to explore the ocean floor for oil and gas.

Northeast
Fisheries

Black sea bass gobbling up lobsters

Lobstermen’s Association president says fish devour young lobsters, calls for quota boost.

Northeast
Engineering

Army Corps of Engineers conducts new round of hearings on storm surge protections for New York Harbor

NEW YORK – The Army Corps of Engineers later today holds the first of eight public sessions to hear about proposals to build storm surge barriers in New York Harbor.

Northeast
Advocacy

New Jersey trying to write public waterways access into law

Governments as far back as the Roman Empire have recognized it, but New Jersey is trying to enshrine in law the public's right to access waterways and shorelines.

Northeast
Science

Environment Long Island Sound to benefit from $14M in federal funding

An approved federal spending bill will give $14 million to the Environmental Protection Agency, intended to help protect Long Island Sound, officials said.

Northeast
Energy

Offshore wind getting its sea legs in New Hampshire

Governor’s request to set up task force is a big step for Granite State

Northeast
Engineering

City hopes eroded Rockaway Beach will be restored in time for summer with new sand supply

New York City - Rockaway Beach business owners were horrified to learn just days ahead of the summer swim season last year that an 11-block stretch would be closed due to beach erosion that had created unsafe conditions for beachgoers.

Northeast
Fisheries

Vineyard Wind and R.I. strike bargain

R.I. Fishery Advisory Board chairman doesn’t like settlement.

Northeast
Fisheries

Impending whale protections worry fishermen

With the majority of American lobsters caught in Maine, the state's lobster fishermen could bear the brunt of changes in federal fishery regulations to save the endangered right whale.

Northeast
Engineering

New Jersey Proposes Gates to Close Inlets, Curb Back Bay Flooding

Storm surge barriers to temporarily close off some New Jersey inlets during severe storms are among measures envisioned in a new study to protect coastal areas from back bay flooding.

Northeast
Property

Climate study: State must get strict with flood controls

BOSTON – A day after the Conservation Law Foundation warned in a report that 37 acres of open space in Boston will face flooding risks due to climate change, Boston’s environment commissioner described it as a “very useful contribution” that echoed many of the city’s findings.

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