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MA - Massachusetts House lawmakers preparing bill to revise offshore wind policy

Hoping to sharpen the Bay State's competitive edge in the offshore wind industry, House leaders unveiled the broad outlines of a legislative plan Tuesday during a tour of the Block Island Wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island.

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Engineering

NJ - New Study Proposes Flood Barrier to Protect Ocean City

Federal officials want to build a massive storm surge barrier across the Great Egg Harbor Inlet between Ocean City and Longport as part of $16 billion in proposed projects to protect the Jersey Shore from flooding along the back bays.

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Property

NJ - Cost to buy out all Ida-damaged often-flooded homes would top $1B New Jersey

TRENTON – The state’s top environmental official says one of the striking things after the damage caused by former Hurricane Ida was the immediate interest in Blue Acres buyouts of often-flooded properties.

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Engineering

NJ - Rutgers Leads Effort to Tackle Coastal Climate Crisis Through $20M NSF Grant

Universities join together to provide the research to work towards more resilient, sustainable coastlines

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Engineering

NY - A 'CLEAR' plan for building up local shorelines

The Niagara and Orleans counties Coastal Lakeshore Economy and Resiliency (CLEAR) Initiative held a public webinar Tuesday night in which risks and opportunities were presented by representatives of Ramboll, a consulting engineer group.

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Federal

NY - "Buy Us Out": Queens Homeowners Flooded By Ida Say Relocation May Be Their Only Solution

Three weeks after the remnants of Hurricane Ida unleashed torrential rains that wrecked portions of their homes, a group of Queens homeowners are accusing the city of failing to address decades-long complaints about flooding issues that have rendered their properties worthless.

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Local

MA - State lawmaker files bill to increase beach access for public

BOSTON — Massachusetts is blessed with some of the country’s most beautiful beaches, but many of them are off-limits to the public.

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Engineering

NJ - Questions on $16B Plan to Ease Back Bay Flooding at Jersey Shore

'It doesn't eliminate all damage, but it will greatly reduce damages,' said Robert Hampson, a hydraulic engineer with the Army Corps

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Engineering

NJ - Ida swamped our infrastructure. How can we build better to stop future floods?

Say “storm drains” to people and their eyes might glaze over. Talk to them about the flooding that inundated the state after the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida dumped record rainfall on the state and that’s something most can relate to.

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Recreation

NY - East Hampton Eyes Options After Losing Truck Beach Appeal

New York State’s highest court buried the Town of East Hampton’s bid to overturn a ruling that Truck Beach in Amagansett is private property, but the fight appears to be far from over.

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Energy

MA - Vineyard Wind Project Secures $2.3 Billion in Funding

Construction of the Vineyard Wind project, America's first full-scale offshore wind farm, is set to begin now that its backers have secured $2.3 billion in financing from nine international and U.S. banks.

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Local

RI - Lawmakers Review Agency Charged With Coastal Regulation

A legislative commission is looking at ways to reorganize Rhode Island’s lead agency for reviewing offshore wind projects and other coastal development proposals.

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Fisheries

ME - Fishing Report: Right whales could have used scenario planning

A study published on Aug. 31 in the journal Oceanography titled, "Ocean Regime Shift is Driving Collapse of the North Atlantic Right Whale Population," relates how climate-driven ocean change in the northwestern Atlantic is complicating efforts to protect the North Atlantic right whale from fishing gear entanglements and ship strikes.

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Engineering

USA - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reveals findings of Back Bays study

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently released a draft report for the Nassau County Coastal Storm Risk Management Study, which outlines a tentatively selected plan that includes East Rockaway and Lynbrook.

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Federal

CT - Federal grant could make eastern Connecticut hub for marine research

GROTON — U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy said Thursday he was hopeful the Biden administration would grant final approval early next year to designate a wide swath of eastern Long Island Sound as a National Estuarine Research Reserve.

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Fisheries

RI - Congressional Delegation, DEM Announce Availability of 2nd Round of COVID-Related Fisheries Assistance Funding

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Congressional Delegation and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announce that commercial fishing and charter/for hire businesses, qualified aquaculture operators, seafood processors, and dealers are eligible to apply for an additional $255 million in assistance funding provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

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Local

ME - 101-Year-Old Fisherwoman is Maine's Oldest Lobster-Catcher With 94 Years on the Job

Lobster fishing is no easy job: in fact, the physically-demanding profession is also one of the nation's most dangerous. Those factors, however, haven't stopped 101-year-old Virginia Oliver, a fisherwoman who has been honing her skill since she was just a child.

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Local

MA - Grant To Fund Climate Resiliency Projects In Sandwich

As storm-driven floodwaters rise along Boardwalk Road, emergency workers set up barriers to prevent people from trying to reach the beach in this Enterprise file photograph.

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Energy

NE - Fishing advocates appeal BOEM Vineyard Wind approval

Saying the Northeast fishing industry has been “systematically marginalized in the permitting process,” the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance sued the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Monday over its July 15 approval of the Vineyard Wind offshore wind energy project.

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Engineering

MA - Consultant: Retreat the ultimate solution for saving Baxter Road

All roads lead to retreat for saving Baxter Road from erosion, according to a report from the town’s coastal-resilience consultant Arcadis. It’s a matter of how to get there that's the biggest question.

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Advocacy

ME - Maine won't sue over right whale restrictions, but isn't giving up fight

Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher told lawmakers that the state doesn't have a viable case but will pursue other legal options.

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Engineering

NH - UNH Gets $1.8M to Study Road Damage From Coastal Flooding

The University of New Hampshire has been awarded a $1.8 million grant to study how and why coastal hazards like excessive flooding are causing roads to crack and crumble.

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Energy

NY - Offshore wind is ready for its closeup: New York needs to build out its capacity now

As the extreme weather event and deadly flash-flooding in New York City underscored, we need to act with a sense of urgency to deal with our current climate reality and a significant expansion of offshore wind in New York and beyond should be a key ingredient in the recipe for success at mitigation and resilience moving forward.

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Aquaculture

ME - Viewpoint: Defending Acadia against industrial-scale aquaculture

For more than a century, landowners, community members and park partners have worked together to preserve the lands and waters that define Acadia National Park.

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Science

RI - 'Sustaining Our Shores' is topic of fall URI Honors Colloquium

58th annual lecture series to celebrate beginning of U.N. Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

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