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USA - What Happens if a Hurricane Hits During the Pandemic?

It’s deep into the summer and a massive hurricane looms off the Florida coast, threatening enormous destruction and widespread power blackouts. In normal times, in such a scenario, the orders would come down for millions of coastal residents: Evacuate.

Northeast
Energy

MA - Four New Studies to Examine Fisheries, Offshore Wind

With the future of offshore wind waiting on the outcome of a major federal study, Massachusetts and Rhode Island officials announced plans Wednesday to take a look at one of the topics at the center of some of the tension about shared ocean usage: the fisheries.

Northeast
Tourism

NJ - The Jersey Shore Is Opening Up, But That Won’t Save Beach Towns

(Bloomberg Businessweek) -- On Saturday, May 16, Anthony Vaz, the mayor of Seaside Heights, surveys the 16-block boardwalk in his archetypal New Jersey beach town, once the backdrop for MTV’s Jersey Shore. The pandemic has left the area more sedate than it appeared on the show.

Northeast
Science

ME - The Invasives Innovator Tackles Green Crabs in the Gulf of Maine

Marine Biologist Marissa McMahan takes a three-pronged approach: stop green crabs, improve the lives of fishing communities and teach children science.

Northeast
Tourism

MA - Numerous changes for Cape Cod this summer due to coronavirus and social distancing measures

As stay-at-home orders and advisories bloomed across the Northeast in late March, vehicle trips in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts flatlined at 100% below normal, according to data from the online journal ClimateCentral. Connecticut barely had a pulse, with trips fluctuating between 80% and 100% below normal.

Northeast
Tourism

NJ - This will be the strangest, most special Jersey Shore summer ever | Opinion

No matter what happens in the coming months, this will be a summer like no other at the Jersey Shore.

Northeast
Tourism

N.J. hasn’t banned staying with friends at a Shore house. But there are limits, Murphy says.

Some people heading to the Jersey Shore this Memorial Day weekend might be wondering: Does the reopening of beaches and boardwalks also mean you can stay with family and friends at a summer home, rental, or hotel? Or are you blocked by the state’s stay-at-home coronavirus restrictions?

Coastwide
Science

USA - Hurricanes are getting stronger, more dangerous and forming earlier. Here’s how we can prepare.

Earlier this week, Tropical Storm Arthur skirted North Carolina’s coast before veering into the Atlantic. While damage was minimal, this marked the sixth straight year that a named storm developed in the Atlantic before the official start of hurricane season on June 1.

Northeast
Tourism

ME - Historic coastal Maine inn feeling pinch of second pandemic since its founding

Ken and Patricia Mason are the ninth-generation owners of the Seaside Inn on Beach Avenue, and their dream is to one day pass their family business to the tenth.

Northeast
Federal

USA - US to Conduct Fisheries Research to Guide Offshore Wind Development

Four US institutions have received USD 1.1 million in grants to conduct fisheries studies which will guide the ongoing development of the offshore wind industry in North America.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

VA - Judge Approves Salvage Firm's Plan to Recover Titanic's Telegraph Machine From Shipwreck

A federal judge in Virginia has ruled that a salvage firm can retrieve the Marconi wireless telegraph machine that broadcast distress calls from the sinking Titanic ocean liner.

Northeast
Advocacy

MA - The Harborkeepers Launches Vision Chelsea Creek; A Collective Vision for the Abandoned MBTA / MassDOT Railway Site in East Boston

This month, The Harborkeepers launched Vision Chelsea Creek: a six month-long visioning, planning, and stakeholder engagement process to re-imagine the abandoned MBTA / MassDOT-owned railway site along the industrial shoreline of lower Chelsea Creek in East Boston.

Northeast
Energy

NY - Cuomo administration cites new climate law in denying controversial New York, New Jersey pipeline

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration denied a permit for a pipeline to supply natural gas to Long Island and New York City in a landmark decision citing the state’s sweeping climate law.

Northeast
Engineering

RI - Fighting beach erosion in East Providence: the natural way

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) ─ Erosion has worn down the bluffs that rise just behind the water at Rose Larisa Park in East Providence. Tim Mooney of the Rhode Island Nature Conservancy tells Eyewitness News the reason for that is the failure of a manmade sea wall that was built there.

Northeast
Federal

MA - Mass. fishing industry in line for $28M in federal aid

Massachusetts will receive $28 million in fisheries assistance under CARES Act allocations announced May 7 by the federal government, and efforts are ongoing to deliver more aid to an industry that officials say has been hit hard by impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.

Northeast
Energy

NJ - Survey: Most N.J. voters support offshore wind

Just a month after Gov. Phil Murphy announced plans to create an offshore wind workforce development hub in the state, Bellwether Research, on behalf of Ørsted, conducted a survey to find out what New Jerseyans truly think of wind parks.

Northeast
Tourism

ME - Maine tourism groups call for an end to 14-day quarantine rule for out-of-state visitors

Seven tourism industry groups across the state released an open letter to Gov. Janet Mills as COVID-19 restrictions threaten summer business.

Northeast
Advocacy

Maine - Naturalist to discuss new social network for nature buffs

The Camden Public Library, in partnership with Coastal Mountains Land Trust, will present Maine Master Naturalist Roger Rittmaster Thursday, June 4, at 6 p.m. for a look at the nature app, iNaturalist. This online presentation will be conducted via the Zoom meeting platform. Email jpierce@librarycamden.org to request a link to participate.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - New York just took a huge step toward funding lasting climate resilience

Earlier this year, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented an ambitious challenge to the state legislature: Pass a $3 billion bond to boost climate resilience and mitigate the impacts of sea level rise while preserving the state’s natural resources.

Northeast
Property

NY - SABO designs elevated house on Fire Island with rising sea levels in mind

Architectural pictorial of elevated housing designed for Fire Island NY.

Northeast
Federal

MA - Senate committee passes bill authorizing Plum Island erosion study

The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed a pair of bills this week that include a provision authorizing a feasibility study for a comprehensive erosion control project on Plum Island.

Northeast
Local

MA - City looks at how to protect triple deckers from flooding as sea levels rise

City officials are looking at a possible zoning overlay that would require homeowners looking at extensive renovations consider how to deal with seawater flooding that will come as sea levels continue to rise and storms intensify, and they've developed some possible guidelines for retrofitting those most Boston of dwelling units: Triple deckers.

Northeast
Local

RI - Block Island’s Women’s History Month

The Block Island Times will be wrapping up our profile interviews on island women this week. Thank you to everyone who contributed names of island women. There are so many hard-working and talented individuals on the island, and it has been wonderful to hear and share each woman’s story!

Northeast
Recreation

NY - Almost time to buy a beach parking sticker in Oyster Bay

Seasonal beach parking sticker sales will begin on May 16, one week later than was originally scheduled by the Town of Oyster Bay.

Northeast
Local

MA - South Shore towns are readying the beaches

Many beachgoers are hoping that there may very well be a summer season on the South Shore and some towns are already taking steps to prepare.

Northeast
Engineering

NY/ NJ - Beachfill Projects to Continue

Two hopper dredges that were deployed to Florida to support emergency beach renourishment work at USACE’s Jacksonville District in March 2020 are returning to NY and NJ to complete previously contracted work, informs the Corps’ New York District.

Northeast
Engineering

MA - Marshfield and Duxbury look to shore up beaches with beach nourishment plan

The towns had planned for a meeting in March, but it was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Northeast
Local

MA - Eons of Times Add to Changing Face of Lucy Vincent Beach

The predawn collapse of the spire at Lucy Vincent Beach last weekend triggered an emotional response. For many it was a moment of reflection, or even catharsis, as the Island trudged through the sixth week of the ongoing pandemic. But despite the magnitude of response, the iconic landmark provided a microscopic glimpse into the vast geological process that once formed the cliffs and is now washing them away.

Coastwide
Fisheries

A Quarantine Surprise: Americans Are Cooking More Seafood

In a rare bright spot for the fish trade, retail sales have set records, and consumers are trying species that even restaurants shy away from.

Northeast
Energy

Offshore wind could propel post-pandemic US economy

Despite 16 US offshore wind projects in the pipeline, strained resources at BOEM are slowing the approval process

Northeast
Federal

CT - Connecticut Closer to Establishing National Research Reserve

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently announced its approval of a network of state-owned properties and coastal waters in Lyme, Old Lyme, and Groton to be the site of the state’s first National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR).

Northeast
Energy

Local Governments Asking Insurers to Cut Ties to Coal

Local governments outside the U.S. have long been pressuring insurance companies to sever ties with fossil fuels, and the issue is starting to gain some traction domestically.

Northeast
Federal

NRDC, Partners Sue to Protect River Herring

NRDC (the Natural Resources Defense Council) and a coalition of fishing and watershed protection groups filed a lawsuit today in federal court to protect river herring from extinction.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Hurricane Risk Reduction Measures Coming to the Rockaways

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the first contract award to provide nearly $600 million in federal investment for the construction of storm risk reduction infrastructure on both the Atlantic Ocean shoreline and the Jamaica Bay shoreline of the Rockaway Peninsula.

Northeast
Energy

MA - Avangrid Withdraws Guidance due to Coronavirus, Vineyard Wind Uncertainty

The third-largest U.S. wind generator is on track for 900 megawatts of new capacity this year, but the coronavirus is a wild card.

Northeast
Advocacy

NH - Explore New Hampshire’s Coastal Wonders

The Seacoast Science Center's two newest exhibits are ready for visitors when they reopen to the public

Northeast
Science

Algal Blooms: Toxic, But with Possible Drug Potential

When it comes to harmful algal blooms (HABS) there may be two stories to tell - the first story is going to be about the negative impacts of HABs and the second story is an investigation of HABs for new potential drugs

Northeast
Fisheries

NJ - Coronavirus Lockdown Devastates Jersey Shore's Historic Fishing Boat Industry

The coronavirus pandemic poses an existential threat to the already beleaguered for-hire fishing boat industry in New Jersey, captains of party boats along the Jersey shore told Breitbart News.

Northeast
Science

NY - Dissolved oxygen and pH criteria leave fisheries at risk

Stony Brook University’s Christopher J. Gobler, Endowed Chair of Coastal Ecology and Conservation, and Stephen J. Tomasetti, Science Teaching and Research to Inform Decisions (STRIDE) fellow, consider accumulating scientific evidence on the harmful effects of coastal hypoxia (low oxygen) and acidification (decreasing pH, increasing acidity) in coastal ecosystems.

Northeast
Engineering

MA - Shoreline Resiliency Project planned for Marshfield and Duxbury

The towns of Marshfield and Duxbury were awarded a grant in the fall of 2019 from Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management, CZM, for the design and permitting of beach and dune nourishment projects at vulnerable locations along the towns’ east facing shorelines.

Northeast
Recreation

MA - Cape Cod National Seashore sees uptick in dumpings, other violations during coronavirus crisis

An increase in dumpings, dogs off leashes, and other violations have been seen at the Cape Cod National Seashore since the COVID-19 crisis hit Massachusetts, according to National Park Service officials.

Northeast
Property

MA - Will Climate Change End Waterfront Living? Not If You Can Afford It

Developers are creating waterfront homes in Boston with innovative seawall defenses but is this a model for other cities? Or a sign of climate gentrification?

Northeast
Advocacy

When it comes to battling climate change and sea rise, what does it mean to be ‘resilient’?

Resiliency is the hot buzzword in developing Boston’s waterfront. But what is it, what does it really mean? And might it be better to just not build there at all?

Northeast
Local

South Kingstown’s beaches are shrinking, and the town’s identity is at stake

Sea level rise and intensifying storms are speeding up erosion of Rhode Island’s coast. Homes, businesses and residents are at risk in unprecedented ways. Communities are wrestling with a daunting question: when is it time to retreat from the sea. In South Kingstown, that’s a question that threatens the core identity of the town. (Note: first of multipart series on sea level rise in Rhode Island)

Northeast
Engineering

CT - First ‘living shoreline’ in CT proposed near former Hepburn estate

The former Fenwick home of Katharine Hepburn sits seaside behind a tidal salt pond at 10 Mohegan Ave. The area provides essential coastal habitat as well as a classic Old Saybrook view while strolling around Fenwick or playing the second hole of Fenwick Golf Course.

Northeast
Tourism

Canada - Island mayor confident of small community’s ‘resilience’ in ‘trial’

The mayor of Tahsis believes that nothing can dampen the spirit of this ‘strong’ community as it heads towards its 50th anniversary

Northeast
Energy

ME - Fishermen seek delay in Gulf of Maine offshore wind planning

Gulf of Maine fishermen this week asked three New England governors and federal officials for a six-month delay in planning for offshore wind energy development in those waters, as the seafood industry grapples with the upheaval of coronavirus.

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