WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY — Beach renourishment efforts have commenced along the ocean side of Dune Road in Westhampton Beach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reasons linked to curiosity trips, sustainability of boon unknown
Anyone want to take a little hike to work off some of the turkey?
That was longtime Captain Charlie Dodge's first word when he heard that, after 20 years of effort, strong regional protections for herring had finally been enacted.
How offshore wind farms could reactivate the city’s ports, shrink its carbon footprint and boost economic development.
Connie Monroe clicks a button, flicks her wrist and watches as her neighborhood floods.
ByNate Rott, NHPR
Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman on Monday issued a new state of emergency for a portion of Dune Road in Hampton Bays, just east of the Ponquogue Bridge, after the ocean-facing dune was breached.
BOSTON — As climate change transforms ocean waters around the globe, the rapidly growing Massachusetts oyster industry is feeling the heat.
How tech is transforming our understanding of the ecological benefits delivered by New England’s renowned shellfish farming sector
Some 'canaries' are 50 feet long, weigh 70 tons, and are nowhere near a coal mine. But the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale is sending the same kind of message about disruptive change in the environment by rapidly altering its use of important habitat areas off the New England coast
The New York City Council has voted yes to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to build a flood barrier – potentially as high as 13 feet — along a nearly three-mile length of East River coastline, from Montgomery to East 25th streets. The cost: $1.45 billion
ByThe Jewish Voice
We went from “Cold enough for ya?” to “Windy enough for ya?” Perish the thought of adding “Snowy enough for you yet?” How about “Is this warm weather weird enough for ya?” I’m still banking on some freaky mild spells in December and throughout winter.
During a recent coastal storm, Chatham fire officials stopped in the Little Beach neighborhood to monitor the rising water at high tide. A bystander asked what they were doing, and when they explained, the man looked puzzled; he had just bought a home nearby. “It was a steal,” he said, pointing out the property with a smile. But do the flood waters ever reach his place?
Weaknesses in Canada’s efforts to sustain healthy oceans need to be addressed. For five deficiencies, the Royal Society of Canada has options.
The five New England offshore wind leaseholders — Equinor, Mayflower Wind, Ørsted/Eversource and Vineyard Wind — announced a uniform turbine layout proposal submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard with 1 nautical mile (nm) spacing between wind turbines.
Mike Cascio thought the worst of the storm was over after repairing his Oceanside home that took in a foot of water during superstorm Sandy.
Both Massachusetts senators are again calling for NOAA Fisheries to investigate Canada’s North Atlantic right whale protections and, if found lacking, consider banning imports of some Canadian fishery products into the United States.
You may have heard about the Charlestown man who is suing the town of South Kingstown and one of its police officers over his arrest in June on a trespassing charge while he was collecting seaweed along a beach.
The New York City Council has voted yes to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to build a flood barrier – potentially as high as 13 feet — along a nearly three-mile length of East River coastline, from Montgomery to East 25th streets. The cost: $1.3 billion
Road closures, or at least water on the roadways, will be plentiful Sunday and Monday as a long fetch of onshore winds creates coastal flooding. A coastal flood warning is in effect from 8 a.m. Sunday to 5 p.m. Monday.
Newswise — DURHAM, N.H. – The effects of climate change are becoming more apparent, from the rapidly warming Gulf of Maine, to more frequent and severe storms and the increase of invasive turf seaweed.
See what experts think may have contributed to a massive die-off of Peconic Bay scallops that has left the local economy reeling.
You only have to glance at the latest daily headlines or refresh your social media feed to find evidence that the devastating impacts of climate change are here and getting worse.
Sussex County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a tax on stays in hotels and motels. The 3% lodging tax is expected to generate an estimated $1.3 million annually for the county.
CHATHAM – Two years ago, the Little Beach area experienced the worst flooding it had seen in 30 years, maybe longer. Sandbag walls were breached, houses were inundated, and boats plied the submerged streets rescuing residents.
The money could be used for repairing flooded bridges, elevating houses, improving stormwater drainage, and more.
ELLSWORTH — Efforts to find consensus over how to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from entanglement in fishing gear without decimating the Maine lobster industry took a blow last week.
A special state commission has conducted its first of several meetings on research into ocean acidification in Massachusetts waters.
As global temperatures rise, plans for dealing with the climate crisis are all but silent on the oceans and the plight of the coastal seafood industry.
NORTH WILDWOOD — There’s a makeover in store for the beaches of North Wildwood, Avalon and Stone Harbor.
Facilitating Climate Adaptation Strategies for Marblehead and its Harbor
ByTown of Marblehead
Seven years after Superstorm Sandy, the de Blasio administration has no plans for coastal flooding defense measures to protect the city’s largest food market — a $3 billion hub that sits on a low-lying peninsula in The Bronx.
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The first meeting of the Special Legislative Commission Relative to Ocean Acidification is set for Friday, November 8 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The Commission was created by legislation passed by Senator Cyr and Representative Fernandes in 2018.
Will we continue to let blue-collar communities bear the weight of retreat or will we face the reality of sea level rise with an eye toward equity?
Climate change has the potential to wreak havoc on Maine’s coast and coastal islands.
My column two weeks ago (“On energy, New York’s head is in the sand”) generated significant interest and input on New York’s proposed offshore wind power projects and their potential negative effects on Long Island’s commercial fishing industry. That led me to dig further into the subject. I believe that what I’ve learned is important to share with Herald readers and state policymakers.
CARE in partnership with Center for Coastal Studies and Cape Cod Anti-Litter Coalition will host their third Summit: CARE about a Clean Cape & Islands Summit, Protecting Our Environment from Plastic Pollution and Litter. It will be held Tuesday, November 12, at the Cape & Islands Realtors Association Conference Center, West Yarmouth, 8:30AM-12:30PM. The event is by invitation.
A.R. Siders, a managed retreat specialist, will give a live video broadcast presentation Wednesday night discussing how storms, floods, erosion and sea level rise are making coastal towns more dangerous, and addressing the question of when it makes sense for people to move away from the ocean.
Top federal and state environmental officials from New England and New York announced 35 grants totaling $2.6 million to local state and local government and community groups to improve the health and ecosystem of Long Island Sound.
A public hearing will be held next month to accept public comment on a proposed Sussex County Council ordinance allowing implementation of a lodging tax of up to 3 percent in unincorporated areas of the county.
KENNEBUNK — Selectmen have agreed to spend $7,500 this year and are expected to invest $15,000 in the next fiscal year to help fund a two-year staff position at Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission designed to help communities prepare for rising sea levels, coastal resiliency and related issues.
Despite setbacks and delays, the UMaine project is likely to be the first floating commercial-scale wind farm in the U.S.
On the seventh anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey's governor committed the state to a far-reaching plan to deal with climate change and protect itself from future storms.
ByNBC New York
Hurricane Sandy slammed into Brooklyn in 2012. It caused 43 deaths and $19 billion in widespread devastation. Seven years later, the effects of the storm still linger. Though much work was done and promises were made, some weren’t kept and some weren’t enough.
As the region marks the seventh anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, debate is surging over proposals to build massive concrete and steel sea gates at the mouths of major Long Island waterways to mitigate future hurricane flooding.
It's been seven years since Hurricane Sandy ransacked the East Coast. And, while bigger storms — with even more devastating impacts — have certainly come along, Sandy was unique because it helped start a movement toward resilience and nature-based solutions.What does this mean?
The Manhattan neighborhood is the borough’s most vulnerable to flooding
A recently reconstructed berm along Dune Road near the Shinnecock Commercial Fishing Docks was once again taken out during a coastal storm on Sunday night — and Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said relief is on the way to prevent the dune from being swept away so quickly in future storms.
The court decision this spring overturned decades of precedent that harvesters relied on to cut the wild seaweed.
Seven years after Superstorm Sandy deluged New York City, more than eight out of 10 properties in coastal areas the federal government deems extremely vulnerable to the next disaster are without flood insurance, an investigation by THE CITY found.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- New York City isn’t prepared for its next major storm seven years after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the five boroughs, Comptroller Scott Stringer told the Advance.
LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) - New sand is on its way to some New Jersey beaches that were rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy but have eroded since then.
ByWayne Parry / AP
After a wait of several years, the town has received permission from the US Army Corps of Engineers to “borrow” much-needed sand from Scusset Beach.
It's been seven years since Superstorm Sandy brought the city that never sleeps to a grinding halt. High tide and storm surge—the pile of water that built up in front of Sandy as she moved up the coast—combined to bury lower Manhattan under 13 feet of water.
Maine’s primary trade group for the lobster fishing industry has rethought its position on a plan to protect the right whale population.
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Shoreline & Waterway Management Section and the City of Lewes will begin erecting fencing along the bay side of the primary dune at Lewes Beach during the first week of November.
New reports attribute warming waters, local differences in oceanography to rise and fall of American lobster populations in the Gulf of Maine
The EnBW Group, a German utility company and offshore wind developer, is preparing to bid on an anticipated next round of federal energy leases in the New York Bight, and joined a partnership with commercial fishing advocates.
As the battle over how best to protect endangered northern right whales continues to escalate, the Department of Marine Resources is proposing a new set of requirements for lobster gear that the department believes will help reduce injury to the whales without imposing severe, and some say dangerous, restrictions on fishermen.
Seven years ago this month, Hurricane Sandy pummeled the East Coast of the United States, killing more than 150 people and causing about $70 billion in damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure.
A developer and his company have been permanently ordered to stop illegally filling and altering protected wetland resource areas and tidelands at their property on Pigeon Cove Harbor in Rockport.
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be pumping sand along the north end of Delaware's Rehoboth Beach.
Yesterday Delaware officials broke ground for the $25 million construction of the long-awaited South Wilmington Wetlands Park. The 20-acre wetlands project will create a stormwater management facility that will help to reduce flooding, restore and enhance existing wetlands, and create a new open recreational space for the Southbridge community and all citizens to enjoy.
Public utility Dominion Energy has secured final approval from the federal Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM) to move forward with a two-turbine offshore wind demonstration project off the coast of Virginia. It will be the first commercial offshore wind installation in federal waters.
Maine is holding lotteries for licenses to participate in one of the most lucrative fisheries in the state.
When federal officials put the nation’s first big offshore wind farm on hold in order to expand an environmental review.
Two new pools of money are drawing considerable interest from communities and groups hoping to protect Rhode Island from the climate crisis.
ByEco RI News
A group representing Maine's lobstermen says it's now willing to work with the federal government on a plan to protect right whales after withdrawing its support for the plan this summer. And, see linked ASPN podcasts on the topic. (CNT View: Smart move. Now, get to work with NOAA and head to Canada hand-in-hand to address their contribution to the Right Whale mortality problem).
In Shakespeare’s classic tragedy “Macbeth,” the title character muses at one point about a rival who is next in line for the throne, darkly musing: “That is a step on which I must fall down, or else o’erleap, for in my way it lies” as he ponders his future.
NYC will remake the East River waterfront to fight climate change. It may not be enough
"There would have been a breach if not for the county's swift actions."
Offshore mussel farm sites need to have the right temperature, food availability, and the right currents. According to a study by researchers at NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center, several suitable locations can be found off the Northeastern U.S.