New York - The Quogue Village Board voted down a proposal on Friday to form an erosion control taxing district that, if approved, would have funded a beach nourishment project to restore the eastern portion of the village’s public beach.
Suffolk County, New York -- As South Fork towns rely on coastal erosion taxing districts and put in place stopgap measures to protect the ocean coastline from more frequent storms and rising seas, lawmakers on the North Fork are coming to terms with what can be done to fortify their shorelines.
New study says building defenses along Jersey Shore would cost billions and suggests the fossil-fuel industry should pay
Most fishing communities from North Carolina to Maine will face declining fishing options unless they adapt to climate change by catching different species or fishing in different areas, a new study warns.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — New Jersey has chosen a Danish company to build a wind energy project off the coast of Atlantic City that could power half a million homes.
Note: This essay is part of a Rutgers University project in which faculty experts weigh-in on how action driven by science, policy, engineering and planning could future-proof the Garden State. To read more about Rutgers’ work on this issue, visit impact.rutgers.edu/the-rising-tide.
Coastal Property Guide advises against the use of hard rock to protect shoreline. This story is part of a CBC News series entitled In Our Backyard, which looks at the effects climate change is having in Canada, from extreme weather events to how it's reshaping our economy.
Offshore wind energy developer Ørsted was awarded a 1,100-megawatt commitment by New Jersey Friday for its Ocean Wind project off Atlantic City, the single largest award to date for the budding U.S. industry.
SURF CITY — Flood relief could be coming to North Seventh Street in Surf City thanks, in part, to a $380,000 state Department of Transportation Trust Fund Grant earmarked for road surfacing.
Geotextiles tubes in Quogue, New York come under scrutiny as beach erosion control measure.
Iowa has soybeans and corn. Idaho has potatoes. Maine has lobsters. President Trump’s growing trade war is causing headaches for all the industries — as well as American consumers —as China imposed tariffs in response to Trump’s tariffs on imports.
As Trump focuses on disruption, Beijing is evidently operating on a higher level.
KITTERY, Maine -- A “town planner” of a coastal community, a “scientist” and a summer “homeowner” whose house is two blocks back from the ocean face an audience. The topic is sea level rise and each one of them has a lot to say.
LONGPORT, New Jersey — The summer drive down Atlantic Avenue toward the ocean is almost always pleasant. Beautiful mansions line the road and the sea breeze whips by.
PROVIDENCE — The demand for offshore wind continues, as the designated wind zones in waters south of Rhode Island, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket fill with projects.
ORLEANS, MASSACHUTES -- Orleans officials still hope Eastham will see the light, as they see it, and permit dredging behind the northern tip of the Nauset barrier beach, enabling ships to once again sail unfettered into the Atlantic.
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A legal battle is brewing between New York and Connecticut over the dumping of dredge spoil material in eastern Long Island Sound.
When Charlestown, Rhode Island, resident Scott Keeley went to the beach on a sunny Sunday, he thought he had state law on his side: the Rhode Island Constitution says he’s allowed to collect seaweed along the shore, and, he believes, nothing in there prevents him from sitting down to shake out the sand from his haul.
BELMAR, NJ — With three weekends in the books, Belmar beach badge sales are rolling in — at substantially higher levels than last year.
Climate change is leading to increasingly violent storms. Can sea walls hold back the floodwaters?
Maryland now has a sound clean energy goal: 100 percent clean electricity by 2040. This goal is smart because it specifies a clear purpose: reliable, affordable, clean electricity; no greenhouse gas emissions by whatever sustainable technology proves to be cost effective.
A weekend walk on the beach put Charlestown resident Scott Keeley under arrest. Keeley was gathering seaweed that he uses to fertilize his garden when the police were called.
The brewery is the first of more than 40 craft breweries on Long Island to go out of business since the local microbrewery boom took off over the last decade. It’s the latest in a long line of products named for the barrier island to become but a memory.
A joint venture of MDG Design + Construction and Wavecrest Management completed the rehabilitation of a 1,395-unit public housing community in Far Rockaway, Queens. The project is the country’s largest single-site conversion under HUD’s RAD program
The head of the Ørsted U.S. Offshore wind energy company recently asked Wainscott residents to support his company’s plans to build the South Fork Wind Farm in the ocean off Block Island, even if they vehemently opposed a proposal to bring the power ashore in the tiny hamlet. Many said they planned to do just that.
Regulators approve another year of reduced catch limits for Atlantic herring.
In August 2017, Gov. John Carney signed the Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act into law, calling it a “big deal.” Now – nearly two years later – we are close to seeing if it will deliver on its promise of economic development and job creation.
New York State is investing $10.4 million to restore native shellfish populations across Long Island’s coastal waters. The effort is expected to improve the region’s water quality and boost the local economy.
The 5-year collaboration will support deployment of ocean technologies and advance research and monitoring to support offshore wind development
Connecticut lawmakers on Tuesday passed House Bill 7156, which will require the commissioner of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to solicit up to 2 GW of offshore wind capacity. The bill substantially increases the state's offshore wind procurement target, which previously stood at 300 MW.
STONINGTON, Conn. — Here in one of New England's oldest fishing communities, there's a longing for the old days, long before climate change and the federal government's quota system got so complicated.
Many fish, marine mammals and seabirds that inhabit the world’s oceans are critically endangered, but few are as close to the brink as the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis). Only about 411 of these whales exist today, and at their current rate of decline, they could become extinct within our lifetimes.
When Kathleen Billings was a kid, she could count on high tide falling several feet short of topping the causeway between Deer and Little Deer islands.
The Baker administration is on board with pursuing additional renewable energy procurements that would double the amount of possible offshore wind power in Massachusetts, enough to provide roughly a third of the state’s electricity demand.
On Tuesday, Rhode Island regulators approved a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with DWW REV I, LLC — a joint venture between Ørsted US Offshore Wind and Eversource — for the power generated from the 400 megawatt (MW) Revolution Wind offshore wind project.
CHATHAM – Erosion town officials are calling serious, combined with nesting piping plovers, is restricting vehicle access to North Beach.The front beach from trails 6 to 8 is closed, and there is limited beachfront parking to the north of trail 7.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishermen already dealing with a dramatic reduction in the amount of a key bait fish they are allowed to harvest will likely face an additional cut next year that could drive up the price of lobster for consumers.
New Jersey lawmakers are moving to exempt many Shore-goers from an unpopular new tax on home rentals, but it's still unclear when the change would take effect -- and who exactly it would help.
On a recent Saturday, about two dozen people enjoyed the sun on Newcomb Hollow Beach — the scene of last year's fatal shark attack on the Cape.
BERLIN, MD – A new National Park Service report shows that 2,136,889 visitors to Assateague Island National Seashore in 2018 spent $94,476,000 in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,192 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $105,594,000.
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New Jersey this year marks the 45th anniversary of the Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program, which provides water quality data and beach status information to the public for 188 ocean-, 22 bay-, and eight river-side public recreational beaches that are routinely monitored during the season.
City launches $50,000 ad campaign to promote summer season
Above - Cody McLaughlin, fisherman and spokesman for the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance, admires a freshly caught shad before releasing the fish back into the Delaware River in Trenton on Saturday, April 6, 2019. (Michael Sol Warren | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
Recent opinions by Columnist David Collins supporting the proposed siting of a seasonal restaurant on a city-owned pier in the Downtown Waterfront Park and the editorial board’s praising Governor Ned Lamont’s announcement of a public-private partnership for upgrading State Pier both ignore the statutory provisions of the Connecticut Coastal Management Act.
Stone Harbor Point, at the southern tip of the island, is a natural conservation area popular among bird watchers and nature lovers. It was greatly expanded by sand washing south from replenished beaches in Stone Harbor and Avalon, using sand dredged from Hereford Inlet before 2016. Tuesday June 13, 2018.
New York City -- A proposed Brooklyn Bridge Beach, for which the City’s Economic Development Corporation has accepted $12 million in funding, is still possible. The organization later ruled the project unsafe and announced its desire to spend the money on other proposals, but more recently indicated that it may be willing to implement a version of the plan.
A view of the Walney Extension offshore wind farm operated by Orsted off the coast of Blackpool, Britain, Sept. 5, 2018. Offshore wind in the United Kingdom is booming, approaching 10% of the electricity supply there. Credit: Phil Noble/Reuters
The Connecticut House of Representatives has approved legislation that would authorize the significant procurement of offshore wind in the state.
ROWLEY — The air was brisk Wednesday morning on Plum Island Estuary when Woods Hole Research Center biologists ventured by boat into a nearby section of the Great Marsh to examine its slow recovery from a decade-long controlled pollution experiment.
KENNEBUNKPORT -- Nearly a decade after beachfront property owners filed a lawsuit against the town over their property rights at Goose Rocks Beach, the state’s highest court heard an appeal disputing a lower court ruling issued last year granting title rights to the town of Kennebunkport.
Sharks are intercepting grey seals from huge seal colony on Sable Island
New York City has lagged in implementing resiliency projects to protect coastal areas from rising sea levels and the threat of another superstorm, Comptroller Scott Stringer says in a new report. As of this past March 31, the city had spent only 54% of the $14.7 billion in federal funds allocated after Superstorm Sandy in 2012, the report says.
WESTPORT, Mass. (WJAR) — Officials in Westport are drawing a line in the sand when it comes to people taking rocks off the town’s beaches. If you’re caught, it could cost you hundreds of dollars.
A ten-year-long fight over access to Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport returns to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court Wednesday.
Halving the number of vertical lines in a state where everyone fishes for lobster in their own way presents significant challenges for regulators.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s beaches, casinos, forests and cities attracted tourists who spent nearly $45 billion in 2018.
CHARLESTON, SC — In a court filing late Thursday, the federal government said it is “simply evaluating all its options,” when it comes to its drilling plan, appearing to soften previous comments from Interior Secretary David Bernhardt that an Alaska court decision had put on hold the Trump administration’s push to open the Atlantic Ocean and other waters to offshore oil rigs.
Construction officially began yesterday in Houma, La., on the 199′ research vessel Resolution, a new research ship being built at Gulf Island Shipyards and for the University of Rhode Island.
What will be the environmental impacts of structural storm surge protection methods in New Jersey’s back bays?
The Peconic Estuary Program, one of 28 national estuary programs mandated by the 1972 Clean Water Act, will be seeking local input this summer on community areas that residents would like to see restored.
A team of researchers, conservationists and fishermen have agreed on a package of new measures to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales, whose population continues to teeter at the brink of extinction.
East Coast fishery managers last week took the first steps toward cutting the striped bass harvest 17 percent next year to help end overfishing of the popular species, which has been in decline for years.
Maine’s seaweed business has grown like a weed in recent years, with proponents touting it as both a “superfood” and an economic generator for the rural state — but the industry is now facing sticky new restrictions.
BOSTON — If ever there was a topic that might easily lend itself to bipartisan agreement in Massachusetts it would be lobster, the tasty crustacean that’s long been both a staple of New England cuisine and a vital part of the region’s economy.
Massive flood gates being considered for the mouth of the Great Egg Harbor Inlet (southern New Jersey) would likely impact the ecosystem of a protected river that runs through the Pinelands, the National Park Service has warned.
Massachusetts - A whole new landscape greets the walker along the Duxbury Beach road out to Gurnet.
BARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J. — New Jersey’s governor signed a law Friday intended to protect the public’s right to reach the beach in a state where some shore towns have employed a wide variety of tactics to discourage outsiders from sitting on or even walking across their sand.
All 10 U.S. senators in coastal New England reintroduced a proposal Friday to bar oil and gas drilling from the region's shores.
City officials will install the sandbags as the first line of defense against storm surges in part of Lower Manhattan.
New London — The state has reached a harbor development agreement and announced the start of a $93 million investment at State Pier, the beginning of what state officials foresee as the transformation of an underutilized port into a hub for the offshore wind industry.
As the threat of climate change grows more prevalent by the day, cities must take the lead in reducing our carbon footprint and becoming more resilient. This year, New York City has taken a big, green step forward, with actions by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council that will decrease our emissions.
The Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership claims that the 84-turbine offshore wind project soon to be developed by Vineyard Wind lacks scientific backing and will inevitably harm the local ecology and way of life for fishermen and boaters.
Spring is here. For millions of folks in the Garden State that’s their cue to fast forward to plans for boating, beaches, fishing and waterfront strolls.
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Buffalo District to stand ready to activate its Emergency Operations Center — under Public Law 84-99 Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies — and assist Lake Ontario communities in the event that Lake Ontario water levels continue rising to flood levels.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today signed legislation aimed at fighting back against the federal government’s plan to radically expand offshore drilling in U.S. coastal waters.
Pennsylvania becomes the 24th state to join the U.S. Climate Alliance
New York City’s latest efforts to fight climate change underscore the reality that the city is facing a very tenuous future
There are plans to fortify the city’s 520 miles of coast—but some of them will be unpopular.
UMass Amherst, co-authors urge more attention to fish, mammal, bird seasonal events
While the only commercially operating wind farm offshore the US is off the country’s tiniest state – Rhode Island – many of the larger and more populous states, particularly in the Northeast, are committed to power generated by offshore wind farms.
University of Rhode Island to partner with organizations to address needs of offshore renewable energy industry
FORT MONROE - In an attempt to get ahead of pending changes to striped bass regulations, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to cancel the upcoming spring trophy season in the Chesapeake Bay.
Omega Protein says it won't be hurt by a new law that blocks it from fishing for menhaden in New York state waters in order to preserve the forage fish for whales and other wildlife because it never goes there.
The water first rose up out of the streets in Coney Island, recalls Ida Sanoff, sometime last summer.
An appellate panel ruled Monday that Belmar officials had violated an ancient legal principal and current state law on public beach access when the borough doubled beachfront parking fees and used beach funds to pay for non-beach expenses.
NEW YORK (April 22, 2019) – In honor of Earth Day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Long Island Sound Study (LISS) and the University of Connecticut's (UCONN) Department of Marine Sciences are announcing the publication of the Long Island Sound Habitat Mapping Initiative website. EXIT
Offshore wind could bring cheap power to Massachusetts and help turn the state into a green tech hub. But before the turbines start turning, a variety of stakeholders, including the state’s iconic fishing industry, need to be brought on board. Elizabeth Turnbull Henry ’11, president of the Environmental League of Massachusetts, talked to Yale Insights about making the argument that economic development goes hand in hand with environmental sustainability.
The Nantucket Select Board tonight held a public hearing to discuss possible financial compensation the town could receive from Vineyard Wind’s proposed offshore wind-energy project. That project would add 84 turbines 14 miles southwest of Madaket, and would run a cable, partly through town waters, from the project site to Covell’s Beach in Barnstable.
About every expert on coastal erosion and sea level rise will tell you that the only solution for at-risk areas is to retreat. But right now, the only significant retreat appears to be by the East Hampton Town Board, which collapsed notably amid ill-informed pressure from some Montauk residents and resort owners who objected to a part of a long-range planning study.
If the Canadian province of Newfoundland & Labrador really threw its back into it, it could be producing more than five times its current volume of Atlantic salmon and exceed 100,000 metric tons annually by 2030, topping even British Columbia, says a report released this week.
Consideration of a bill that would establish a task force to study aquaculture sustainability across Maine evolved on Tuesday into a familiar squabble.
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.
A new alliance seeks to collect and share information on the relationships between fisheries and wind development.
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.
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.
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.