Northeast
Northeast
Engineering

NY - Stantec wins Manhattan coastal resilience project

Stantec has been picked as lead designer for the Battery coastal resilience project in Lower Manhattan in New York, USA.

Northeast
Local

ME - Maine towns pool resources to fund coastal resiliency coordinator

Six towns have a new ally as they work to address rising sea levels and plan for the resiliency and sustainability of the coastline they call home.

Northeast
Engineering

CN - Army Corps of Engineers Proposes Plan for New Haven Flooding

The area had damaging flooding from Superstorm Sandy and Tropical Storm Irene, and such storms are expected occur more often, said the report. Sea level over the next 50 years is expected to rise 0.4-3.2 feet in New Haven.

Northeast
Engineering

MA - City Dock plan delivered to Annapolis council, might require 1% hotel tax increase

The City Dock Action Committee presented its final report Tuesday to the Annapolis City Council, offering new details on a project that would remake the downtown area and how supporters plan to pay the estimated $50 million price tag.

Northeast
Fisheries

N.H. Lobstermen Lament Coming Regulations To Prevent Right Whale Entanglements

New Hampshire is drafting plans for how its lobster fishery will help meet new federal goals for protecting endangered North Atlantic right whales.

Northeast
Engineering

The $119 Billion Sea Wall That Could Defend New York … or Not

A six-mile-long barrier would help protect the city from floodwaters during fierce storms like Sandy, but critics say rising seas make the option inadequate.

Northeast
Science

MA - Researchers Looking For Ways to Predict White Shark Presence

Local shark researchers are waiting on the release of anticipated federal funding to conduct a two-year study which will attempt to identify when water conditions are ripe for an increased presence of white sharks.

Northeast
Federal

ME - Feds to spend $30M to restore fish habitats Down East

A state project to help four species of fish pass more easily between the ocean and lakes and rivers in eastern Washington County is getting a $30 million boost from the federal government.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - US lobster industry hopes new deal renews trade with China

Members of the American lobster industry are hopeful the thawing of trade relations between the U.S. and China will reopen one of the biggest markets in the world for lobsters.

International
Fisheries

Nova Scotia - Cermaq information session leaves fishers unsatisfied

Cermaq Canada, a division of a multi-national salmon farming company, was granted a lease option by the provincial government last year to pursue open-pen farming in 20 sites throughout Nova Scotia including in Chedabucto Bay. Since that time the company has been investigating the feasibility of expansion, examining the business, environmental and social climate related to the proposed site areas.

Northeast
Engineering

MA - Studies, Consultations Offer Encouragement For Nauset Dredging Project

Recent studies of sediment types and shellfish resources, and preliminary consultations with regulatory agencies, have not dredged up any issues that would stall efforts to improve navigation in Nauset Estuary, a stakeholder group learned Monday.

Northeast
Recreation

NJDEP Provides $13.5 Million to Address Harmful Algal Blooms

TRENTON, NJ — The NJ Department of Environmental Protection is making $13.5 million in funding available for local projects to improve water quality and help prevent, mitigate and manage harmful algal blooms in lakes and ponds, building upon the state’s HAB response strategy announced by Gov. Phil Murphy in November.

Southeast
Science

FL - New study reveals international movements of Atlantic tarpon, need for protection

The results of an 18-year study of Atlantic tarpon by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science revealed that these large silvery fish take extensive seasonal migrations--1,000s of kilometers in distance--beyond U.S. borders. The new findings can help protect the fish, which is listed as vulnerable by the IUCN--International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the main draw of a more than $6 billion catch-and-release sport fishing industry in the United States.

Northeast
Federal

NY - States Want Significant Nexus in WOTUS

EPA, Corps of Engineers Face Third Lawsuit on WOTUS Rule

Northeast
Energy

MA - Turning turbines: Massachusetts and the offshore wind energy industry

Towers taller than the Statue of Liberty are popping up throughout the seas, generating energy for a booming industry.

Northeast
Science

MA - First Right Whales of 2020 Spotted in Cape Cod Bay

Just as local researchers received news of a third right whale calf sighted off the Georgia coast, a pair of the critically endangered whales were spotted in Cape Cod Bay.

Northeast
Engineering

MA - Construction Rubble Makes New Habitat Off Coast of Yarmouth

What does a pile of construction rubble have to do with fish? When old concrete gets put on the ocean floor, it goes from trash to habitat. Workers did just that to an artificial reef two miles off the coast of Yarmouth last week; they dumped pieces of granite and concrete to expand a reef that was built in the 1970s. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with biologist Mark Rousseau of the state's Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF)about how his office manages artificial reefs like this one.

International
Federal

Canada - Canada imposing mandatory gear marking for some fisheries in 2020

Hundreds more fishermen in Atlantic Canada are being drawn into the effort to protect endangered right whales this year.

Northeast
Local

RI - Filippi to brief Charlestown council on shoreline access

Rhode Island House Minority Leader Blake Filippi, R-Charlestown, will present possible approaches to clarifying the issue of public shoreline access at tonight's Town Council meeting.

Northeast
Fisheries

NY - Governor Cuomo Seeks Federal Assistance With Scallop Die-Off

Governor Andrew Cuomo is pleading with federal officials to declare the recent scallop die-off in Peconic Bay waters a commercial fishery disaster.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Southhampton Trustees OK use of geocubes to combat erosion at East Quogue condos

In December, a coastal geologist, on behalf the Round Dune condominium development in East Quogue, demanded that the Southampton Town Trustees take emergency action to allow his client to install a hardened structure to protect the complex’s four buildings from falling into the ocean.

Northeast
Science

At a perilous time for North Atlantic right whales, their poop is coveted

Fecal samples among options for important hormone analysis, researchers say

Northeast
Energy

MA - Responsible Offshore Development Alliance proposes transit lands for New England offshore wind

The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) has submitted a letter to NOAA Fisheries, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) that proposes a new layout for potential wind projects off the coast of New England.

Northeast
Local

ME - Camden can prepare for climate change, study says

CAMDEN — A state report released Jan. 7 on effects of sea level rise, storm surge and flooding on Camden's Public Landing recommends moving the Harbor Master's building and public bathrooms to higher ground, as well as other options to protect these and other structures.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Aquaculture census shows sales are up

It should come as no surprise to anyone who follows Maine’s fisheries that the state’s aquaculture industry is growing in value and number of producers.

Northeast
Federal

NH - EPA Proposes Long-Awaited Permit Targeting Great Bay Water Pollution

Federal regulators are proposing a new way to limit water pollution from a dozen towns surrounding Great Bay.

Northeast
Local

NY - Nassau County to join state Climate Smart Communities program

Nassau County officials said Tuesday they are joining a statewide program aimed at helping local governments adapt to climate change.

International
Federal

Economic trends in Atlantic Canada you need to be prepared for

Canada is set to join a growing club of “super-aged societies,” with a new report calling the 2020s a “demographic time bomb” that will see seniors become a quarter of the country's population.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Federal Help On The Way For Storm-Ravaged Dune Road

"This is an urgent situation along Dune Road affecting our community's small businesses and jobs."

Northeast
Local

NY - Your Long Island City project sparks debate over private use in public land at CB2 meeting

Your LIC, the waterfront project bringing together stakeholders and residents to plan the future of the Long Island City properties where Amazon’s HQ2 would have been located, was the topic of animated discussion at Community Board 2’s Jan. 2 meeting.

Northeast
Recreation

MA - Study seeks to predict shark locations

The sky was winter gray, but researchers took advantage Friday of a relatively rare day with calm seas and little wind to retrieve 18 acoustic shark detection buoys off the Outer Cape and another eight or nine in Cape Cod Bay.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Documentary Film "Lobster Wars, The Fight Over the World's Richest Fishing Grounds" Set to Released on-line January 21

LOBSTER WAR is an award-winning feature film about a climate-fueled conflict between the United States and Canada over waters that both countries have claimed since the end of the Revolutionary War. The disputed 277 square miles of sea, known as the Gray Zone, were traditionally fished by US lobstermen. But as the Gulf of Maine has warmed faster than nearly any other body of water on the planet, the area’s previously modest lobster population has surged. As a result, Canadians have begun to assert their sovereignty, warring with the Americans to claim the bounty.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Maine Department of Marine Resources Submits Right Whale Proposal to NMFS

Augusta – In response to requirements under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has submitted a proposal for regulatory changes to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in advance of federal rule making.

Northeast
Tourism

NJ - South Jersey's Mid-Century Modern Motels, in All Their Neon Glory

From the 1950s to ’70s, hundreds of motels were built in The Wildwoods. Now, in the age of Airbnb, only half of them are still in operation.

Northeast
Property

Climate Change in New England: Can We Adjust, and How?

Climate change isn't only a problem for future generations. It's here, it’s happening right now and it's everyone's problem.

Northeast
Recreation

MA - Guest column by Nick DeLuca: ‘The Greatest Beach’ a Smithsonian favorite

Ethan Carr prefers to visit Cape Cod in the winter. The off-season, argues the professor of Landscape Architecture at UMass Amherst, is an opportunity to bask in the cultural and natural character of the Cape. But defining what exactly that character is has long been subject to debate.

Northeast
Federal

ME - Facing new threats, lobstermen take hard line against right whale protections

Their catch this year has plummeted, while their exports to China have been gutted by the trade war. The government has imposed strict quotas on their primary bait. And they’re facing serious lawsuits that could affect how they fish.

Northeast
Local

MA - Walsh says new ordinance will boost the city’s wetlands resilience

Asserting that “climate change is the defining challenge of our time,” Mayor Martin Walsh signed the Local Wetland Ordinance during a visit to Roslindale last week. It’s an initiative, he said, that “gives us greater power to protect our wetlands in the face of a changing climate.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Cuomo vetoes legislation aimed at further protecting Jamaica Bay

Legislation from two Queens lawmakers aimed at further protecting Jamaica Bay was struck down by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s veto pen on Dec. 27.

Northeast
Waterways

Vessel slow-down request issued after right whales spotted south of Nantucket

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued a voluntary speed restriction for boaters around Nantucket, after the Center for Coastal Studies and Marine Mammal Alliance Nantucket observed 14 endangered North Atlantic right whales off the south coast of the island Sunday.

Northeast
Property

What property owners should know about NH’s shoreland rules

Do you own a lake house or property that abuts a water body in New Hampshire? Are you looking to build a new structure, modify an existing structure, cut trees, excavate, fill and/or install a patio or walkway within 250 feet of that water body? Beware of New Hampshire’s Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act.

Northeast
Advocacy

RI - Keeley, a shoreline access advocate, to run for town council

CHARLESTOWN — After receiving a $25,000 settlement in his lawsuit against the town of South Kingstown and South Kingstown Police, Charlestown resident and shoreline rights advocate Scott Keeley now intends to run for a seat on the Charlestown Town Council in November 2020.

Northeast
Local

MA - Towns to collaborate on shared coastal management plan

Information to be gathered on 35 miles of coastline in Wellfleet, Eastham, Truro and Provincetown

Northeast
Property

NJ - In New Jersey, a slow-motion evacuation from climate change

Patricia Kambach couldn’t bear to watch a crew demolish her longtime neighbor’s home this month, so she went inside her own house in Woodbridge, New Jersey, where she has lived since John F. Kennedy was president.

Northeast
Advocacy

Study targets public’s views about seals

On any summer day there are tourists at the Chatham fish pier who love seeing “adorable” seals cavort around the fishing vessels. There are also fishermen who have lost part of their catch to those seals.

Northeast
Property

CT - Stories that shaped the decade: Extreme weather in Connecticut is linked to climate change

A big hurricane one year, a “superstorm” the next. A Halloween blizzard. A multiyear drought. A broken snowfall record. Local floods. The hottest month ever. The coldest month ever. Savage tornadoes. Rising sea levels. Warming sea temperatures.

Northeast
Fisheries

LONG ISLAND - Shellfish output quadruples at upgraded town hatchery

Hempstead Town biologists hope that breeding their own clams and oysters can help clean up Reynolds Channel.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

Historic U.S. Towns Endured Wars, Storms. What About Sea Level Rise?

Historic cities and towns along the Southeastern U.S. coast have survived wars, hurricanes, disease outbreaks and other calamities, but now that sea levels are creeping up with no sign of stopping, they face a more existential crisis.

Northeast
Science

New York Task Force To Propose Solutions To Ocean Acidification

Ocean acidification has been found to be a threat to Long Island’s shellfish population and its coastal health. A New York State task force is finalizing a report that has some solutions to the problem.

Northeast
Engineering

NY Long Island - Weekend high tide washes away part of sand barrier

Southampton Town officials are calling for immediate emergency assistance for Dune Road as a man-made sand berm placed in front of the Shinnecock Commercial Fishing Dock by Suffolk County has almost all been washed away.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Advocacy by Southern Brooklyn Officials Leads to $12 Million in Funding for Sea Gate

Council Member Mark Treyger received notification that the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has committed to $12 million in sewer upgrades for the Sea Gate community in Southern Brooklyn.

Northeast
Energy

Gone with the wind? Will internecine wrangles wreck US offshore windfarm plans?

For its adherents, the benefits of offshore wind are self-evident: abundant, clean, emission-free power. But for supporters of a new development off the Eastern Seaboard - billed as the first utility-scale offshore wind project in the US - progress to make their vision a reality has been frustratingly unforthcoming.

Coastwide
Science

Underwater pile driving noise causes alarm responses in squid

Exposure to underwater pile driving noise, which can be associated with the construction of docks, piers, and offshore wind farms, causes squid to exhibit strong alarm behaviors, according to a study by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers published Dec. 16, 2019, in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin.

Northeast
Property

NJ - DEP sounds alarm over revised climate change predictions

In a new sobering report on climate change, the state Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday suggested the impact of rising seas could be much more dramatic along the New Jersey coast than previously projected, and twice as severe as elsewhere on the globe.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Cod fishing catches plummet in waters off New England

ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) – The cod isn‘t so sacred in New England anymore. The fish-and-chips staple was once a critical piece of New England‘s fishing industry, but catch is plummeting to all-time lows in the region. The decline of the fishery has made the U.S. reliant on foreign cod, and cod fish fillets and steaks purchased in American supermarkets and restaurants are now typically caught by Norway, Russia or Iceland in the north Atlantic.

Northeast
Property

NJ - 'Ground zero' for sea level rise is New Jersey, new climate data suggests

NEPTUNE, N.J. — Human-made gas emissions are speeding up sea level rise around New Jersey and, in tandem with coastal storms, will cause more frequent flooding for decades to come, according to a new report by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Rutgers University.

Northeast
Advocacy

RI - Shore access case settled for $25,000, but the issue is still in the weeds

A shoreline rights advocate arrested in June while collecting seaweed on the beach in front of private homes in South Kingstown has settled his federal lawsuit against the town and the police department.

Northeast
Energy

New Hampshire Governor Signs Offshore Wind Executive Order

New Hampshire’s Governor Chris Sununu has signed an executive order preparing the US State for future offshore wind development and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Offshore Renewable Energy Task Force.

Northeast
Engineering

MA - Salem, Peabody Get State Dam, Seawall Grants

The Dam and Seawall Program builds upon the Baker-Polito Administration's commitment to strengthen the resilience of communities throughout Massachusetts by supporting cities and towns as they adapt to a changing climate. This program helps to implement Governor Baker's Executive Order 569 establishing an integrated strategy for climate change adaptation across the Commonwealth.

Northeast
Engineering

MA: Shipyard Expansion Project Clears Early Review With State

A major expansion and redevelopment project at the Martha’s Vineyard Shipyard in Vineyard Haven has cleared a key early hurdle with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA), which determined that the project does not need a broad environmental impact report.

Northeast
Local

NJ - Can a wealthy Jersey Shore town sell a tiny part of a street near the beach? A judge will decide

A handful of land deeds from over a century ago are at the center of a high-stakes legal battle over beach access in one wealthy Jersey Shore town.

Northeast
Fisheries

New England fishermen losing jobs due to climate

University of Delaware researcher makes direct link in first-of-its-kind labor study

Northeast
Fisheries

NY - Scientists Say More Than One Factor Likely Responsible For Scallop Die-Off

A month after early hopes for a robust scallop harvest on the East End were dashed when baymen found next to no living specimens in their dredges on opening day, scientists gathered at Stony Brook Southampton Friday night to deliver their post-mortem.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

Clock ticking for northern right whale

A migrating whale that cruises through South Carolina waters is being killed at 10 times the rate its population can sustain, largely due to vessel-strikes and commercial fishery entanglements, experts say.

Northeast
Fisheries

NY - Cuomo requests federal support following scallop die-off in local bays

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is requesting federal support to address the recent scallop die-off, which killed an estimated 90 to 100% of adult scallops between last spring and fall in local bays.

Northeast
Property

NC - New floodplain maps approved for western Pender following record number of appeals

BURGAW — Commissioners reluctantly approved new floodplain maps in the Black River basin in western Pender County, adding 173 properties to the county’s flood zones.

Northeast
Engineering

MA - Baker-Polito Administration awards over $10 million for dam and seawall projects

FOXBOROUGH – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced over $10.2 million in grants to assist communities in addressing deteriorating dams and coastal infrastructure.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Regulators to consider coming shrimp season

ELLSWORTH — The fate of the shrimp fishery for the coming year, if any, will likely be determined Friday afternoon when the Northern Shrimp Section of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission meets to review the 2019 Stock Assessment Update Report and updates from the section’s Summer Survey Work Group and the Northern Shrimp 2019 Summer Survey Results.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Beach Renourishment Efforts Underway In Westhampton Beach

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY — Beach renourishment efforts have commenced along the ocean side of Dune Road in Westhampton Beach.

Northeast
Science

Within sight of New York City, an old-growth forest faces storms and sea-level rise

Bounding the southern approach to New York harbor, New Jersey's low, narrow Sandy Hook peninsula is home to an extremely rare forest: a 65-acre patch of eastern holly and red cedar trees, some of which date to the early 1800s. Close to sea level, rooted in nutrient-poor sand and exposed to wind from all directions, such forests once covered much of the East Coast. These few trees have survived the development that has swallowed nearly everything around them, along with countless storms, and—so far—rising sea levels. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy tore through, killing many trees with saltwater inundation and wind. The skeletons of the dead now whiten in the sun. With the slow inland march of rising ocean waters, and the increasing climate-driven potential for future powerful storms like Sandy, how much longer the rest may exist is an open question.

Northeast
Engineering

DE - Where did replenished beaches go?

DNREC: 409,000 cubic yards of sand in shallows offshore, still breaking waves

Northeast
Energy

Interior Department Considers Cable Plan to Wire Ocean Floor for Wind Farms Off NJ-NY Coast

ATLANTIC COAST — As New Jersey and New York governors press for energy from giant wind turbines along the Atlantic coast and in the New York Bight, the question of how to best get the power to the shore has resulted in a call for public comment.

Northeast
Energy

A Silver Lining in Vineyard Wind’s Delay?

Offshore wind farm’s setback is frustrating for a restless industry. But it could help to avoid the death-by-lawsuit fate of Cape Wind.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine Lobster Industry Headed For Decline, Not Crash, Scientists Say

A pair of studies by Maine-based scientists suggest the U.S. lobster industry is headed for a period of decline, but likely not a crash.

Northeast
Fisheries

Researchers to explore pre-permitting approach to aquaculture in New England

The labyrinthine process of obtaining the proper permits to establish fish farms in federal waters has been frequently cited as a major obstacle to the advancement of the U.S. aquaculture sector.

Northeast
Engineering

In Dredge Work, Edgartown Refines the Art of Moving Sand

The geomorphic processes of the Vineyard’s littoral belt are among the most varied and vigorous of any on Earth, with wave-generated turbulence reforming and eroding the Island’s 126-mile intertidal zone every year.

Northeast
Engineering

Planning For Climate Change, Some Dorchester Activists Focus On Building Networks To Neighbors

Boston has announced long-term infrastructure and development plans to protect people and property from the impacts of climate change, but some residents of Dorchester — a low-lying neighborhood with the largest population in the city — have a different strategy in mind: asking people to get to know their neighbors.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine lobster catch headed for decline but not crash, scientists say

A pair of studies by Maine-based scientists suggest the U.S. lobster industry is headed for a period of decline, but likely not a crash.

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