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NH - Dover Seeks Deal With Seacoast Cities, Towns on Great Bay Cleanup Costs

DOVER – City officials are working on the development of an intermunicipal agreement with nearby cities and towns to share the costs of implementing the recently issued Great Bay Total Nitrogen General Permit.

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Property

MA - Con Com to Reconsider Protection Plan for Blasch House

WELLFLEET — The Conservation Commission is expected to consider potential shoreline protection measures to help save a controversial home on Great Island.

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Energy

NY - New York’s Latest Clean Energy Push Includes 2.5GW of Offshore Wind Contracts for Equinor and BP

The largest U.S. offshore wind contract to date is a centerpiece of Gov. Cuomo’s new call for expanded clean energy investment.

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Engineering

NY - $30M Project Will Fortify Shores Near Montauk Lighthouse

A $30.7 million state and federal project to fortify the shoreline near the Montauk Lighthouse will protect the historic structure for generations to come, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Wednesday.

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Energy

NJ - New Jersey PACT - Regulatory Activity to Expect in 2021 for Control of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Land Use Regulation

This year will be busy for NJDEP, with the state’s wide-ranging efforts to address climate change moving into a rulemaking phase.

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Property

NH - As Climate Change Drives Migration to N.H., Towns Face Tension and Opportunity

Studies show that climate change could prompt millions of Americans to relocate in the coming decades. And by some measures, New Hampshire and northern New England could be ideal places to move.

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Advocacy

DE - Coastal resiliency and research at the focus of Science & Technical Advisory Committee meeting

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays is inviting the public to learn about volunteer-driven fish research, coastal resiliency and local environmental monitoring efforts at an upcoming virtual Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) meeting from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Jan. 15.

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Waterways

MA - Cleanup Continues for Contaminated New Bedford Harbor

NEW BEDFORD – The US Environmental Protection Agency reported that the past several years have seen significant progress in addressing the polychlorinated biphenyl contamination in New Bedford Harbor.

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Local

MA - Cape Cod: Shipwrecks, Dune Shacks, and Shifting Sands

Living in Geologic Time: How long will the cape keep its fist raised against the waves?

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Fisheries

ME - Protecting Endangered Whales May Increase Lobster, Crab Prices

A proposal to protect right and other large whales could change how people trap lobsters and crabs - a situation that may lead to higher seafood prices.

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Local

NJ - Jersey Shore town’s season passes are already sold out, and out-of-towners are not happy

The early sell-out of 5,500 season beach passes in Spring Lake made some suspect the borough might be trying to keep non-residents off of its 2 miles of beach, seen here last March, when the boardwalk was closed to curb the spread of the coronavirus

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Advocacy

RI - Advocates for Shoreline Access in RI Score Victory in Narragansett

Officials in Narragansett are taking several steps towards improving shoreline access in the Point Judith section of town.

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Energy

NY - BOEM to Publish Draft EIS for 132MW US Orsted Site

Analysis of Orsted's 132MW offshore wind farm to inform consent decision on project off New York

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Local

MA - Climate Roadmap Bill Sent to Baker’s Desk

At the heart of the bill is the state's greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for 2050 and the legislation trains the state's attention on the work of getting there.

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Property

NJ - Sierra Club: DEP's Land Use PACT Does Not Protect Against Climate Threats

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection has released a Framework of Potential Amendments to Land Resource Protection Rules as part of NJ Protecting Against Climate Threats (NJ PACT).

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Advocacy

ME - Scientists, Advocates Say 2021 a Pivotal Year for Climate Action in Maine

After a year in which much of the state was in moderate to severe drought and experts warned that unchecked emissions in Maine could lead to warming of 10 degrees by 2100, advocates and scientists said making progress in the fight against climate change will be crucial in 2021.

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Energy

NY - Tides of Change in New York

New York may soon benefit from an injection of tidal power into its grid as tidal energy startup Verdant Power installs a half-scale generator in the East River tidal strait. We explore what this means for the city's energy mix and if it could serve as a test case for other coastal cities.

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Property

MA - To Guard Against Flooding, City Proposes Climate-Resilient Zoning

The sea level around Boston crept up 9 inches in the 20th century. Driven by climate change, that pace is increasing, and expected to add 9 inches over the 2016 level by 2030.

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Fisheries

USA - NMFS Proposes New Lobster Gear Rules to Protect Right Whales

The National Marine Fisheries Service released its latest plan to protect endangered northern right whales from lobster fishing gear entanglement – a suite of changes that include new area restrictions, modifying gear to add weak rope into buoy lines and a new system of state-specific gear markings.

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Advocacy

Atlantic - Proposed U.S. rule on critically endangered right whales is too weak to bring real change

Scientists have determined that more than 85 percent of right whales have been entangled in fishing gear at least once in their lifetimes, and 60 percent have been entangled multiple times.

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Energy

NJ - Planned New Jersey Wind Port Will Help Meet Strong Demand From a Growing Offshore Industry

The wind port New Jersey is planning for about 200 acres along the Delaware River will help the state meet its ambitious goal of 100% clean-energy use by 2050, as it also responds to strong demand for infrastructure from offshore wind farm operators up and down the East Coast over the next 15 to 20 years.

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Property

NJ - DEP Official Defends Land-Use Plan Against Attack by Business Group

Official says state must protect public from climate change effects, rejects criticism that potential rules are ‘fundamentally flawed’

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Fisheries

USA - Ropeless Fishing, Called 'Crazy' by Some, Could Be Real in Five Years

The possibility of hauling lobster traps from the ocean’s bottom by using an acoustic signal rather than a length of rope has been called crazy and viewed as impossibly expensive by many in the lobster industry.

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Energy

MA - 10-MW+ Floater to Be Demonstrated on Mayflower Lease Area

A 10-MW+ floating wind turbine to be installed off the east coast of the US is among several projects funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) as part of a technology demonstration initiative

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Aquaculture

NJ - Oyster Buyback Program Revitalizes Growers, Rebuilds Reefs

Once oysters are purchased from growers along the East Coast, they’re used to ‘reseed’ damaged and dying reefs in New Jersey waters and elsewhere

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Engineering

MA - Sandwich Seeks Bids to Transport Bourne Sand to Town Neck

Sandwich is seeking bids from contractors that can move 15,000 to 18,000 cubic yards of donated sand from Bourne to Town Neck Beach.

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Engineering

NJ - Will an Extension for Hoboken’s Flood Resiliency Project Survive if Spending Bill Doesn’t? Menendez Thinks So

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez included an important provision for Hoboken in the $2.3 trillion federal spending package that Congress passed this week: a deadline extension for the city’s flood resiliency project.

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Property

MA - Chatham Barrier Beach Erosion Cause for Concern

CHATHAM – If you have a home along the western shore of Chatham Harbor, the last thing you want to see is big ocean surf through breaches in the barrier beach that shelters you from the fury of the mighty Atlantic.

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Engineering

NY - 2021 Spending Plan Includes Army Corps Projects for East End Shoreline

The 2021 federal spending bill authorized by Congress Monday night includes funding for numerous projects to buffer the East End’s shoreline from storms and sea level rise.

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Energy

NJ - South Jersey Port May Become Center of Offshore Wind Industry Under New Deal

A South Jersey port, built on a site once polluted by the oil industry, is set to become a major hub for the budding offshore wind industry.

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Property

NY - Hurricane Sandy Battered NYC 8 Years Ago. Since Then, How Has the City Shored up Against Future Superstorms? Oyster Castles.

An artificial oyster reef in upper Manhattan is part of the ongoing effort to use “green” infrastructure to mitigate rising sea levels and increased flood risks.

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Fisheries

ME - Stoll Receives Fellowship to Support Maine's Lobster Industry

The Cooperative Institute for the North Atlantic Region (CINAR) has awarded Joshua Stoll, assistant professor of marine policy in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine, a two-year fellowship in quantitative fisheries and ecosystem science.

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Advocacy

NY - Task force focused on shoreline access

A first step at a recent Town Hall meeting, held via Zoom, was to rename the former town landings task force the Shoreline Access Task Force to include more than just official town landings.

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Science

NY - More Than Half of Hudson River Tidal Marshes Were Created Accidentally by Humans

In a new study of tidal marsh resilience to sea level rise, geologist and first author Brian Yellen at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and colleagues observed that Hudson River Estuary marshes are growing upward at a rate two to three times faster than sea level rise, "suggesting that they should be resilient to accelerated sea level rise in the future," he says.

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Fisheries

MA - In a Major Effort to Protect Endangered Whales, State Officials Plan to Ban Lobster Fishing for Several Months a Year

In a major step to protect North Atlantic right whales, state officials are poised to ban lobster fishing in all Massachusetts waters during periods when the critically endangered species typically feeds in the region.

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Fisheries

RI - MONTI: Panelists Say Wind Farm Reef Effect Will Attract Pelagic Fish

Ørsted, owner of the Block Island Wind Farm and five other wind farms off the East Coast, held its second Fishinar Series last Wednesday on pelagic fishing for sharks, tuna, mahi and other species in the near offshore.

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Aquaculture

ME - State Aquaculture Program Faces Backlog, Funding Issues in 2021

ELLSWORTH — Like nearly every facet of life, the pandemic has affected the state aquaculture industry, the Maine Aquaculture Advisory Council made clear in a virtual meeting on Dec. 7.

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Science

RI - Scientists Create Models to Simulate Narragansett Bay's Changing Food Web

A team of scientists at the University of Rhode Island is creating a series of computer models of the food web of Narragansett Bay to simulate how the ecosystem will respond to changes in environmental conditions and human uses.

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Energy

NY - New York to Install 100MW Battery System to Integrate Offshore Wind

New York City is set to install a 100MW battery system to help maximise the city’s 9GW offshore wind potential, the largest storage project built yet

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Energy

ME - Vineyard Wind Project Stalls, Maine Begins Information Meetings on Its Own Wind Project

The Vineyard Wind project, a proposed 800-megawatt offshore wind energy installation, has been stalled as the company – Vineyard Wind LLC – withdrew its construction and operations plan from review by the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM), on 1 December, effectively halting the project’s progress.

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Engineering

NJ - Congress Approves Funding for Central Jersey Flood Control Projects

New studies of the Green Brook Flood Control Project and the renewal of a Rahway River flood study are included in a bill recently passed by the House of Representatives.

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Energy

NJ - More Wind Turbines on NJ Horizon? Two Companies Compete for Ocean Bid

Two companies announced they submitted bids to develop wind turbines off the Jersey Shore in the latest step in New Jersey's goal to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

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Science

MA - Right Whale Consortium Releases 2020 Report Card Update

356 whales. That’s all scientists believe remains of the iconic North Atlantic right whales.

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Property

MA - Rising Seas: Time for Mass. Towns to Retreat From the Coast?

As climate change reshapes the coastline, some towns are weighing whether to protect vulnerable waterfront homes or encourage the owners to leave. Environmental experts say it's a choice all coastal communities will face.

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Engineering

NY - Oswego Mayor Announces Shore Road Shoreline Protection Project

OSWEGO — Mayor Billy Barlow announced plans for the shoreline protection project along Shore Road on Oswego’s east side.

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Energy

NJ - Orsted Submits Bid in Response to Latest Call for Offshore Wind

Orsted announced Dec. 10 that it has submitted a bid to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to develop its Ocean Wind 2 project.

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Waterways

USA - First State Joins Water Regulator's Final Approval of Controversial LNG Plan Along Delaware River

The Delaware River Basin Commission Wednesday gave its final approval for a plan to build a dock at Gibbstown, NJ for the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

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Engineering

NY - Congress Fixes Flaws in NYC-Area Coastal Defense Planning

The House has passed an updated Water Resources Development Act that the Senate is expected to approve soon. The bill would address major criticisms of a stalled Army Corps of Engineers study of how to protect New York City from rising seas.

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Property

NE - Nor'easter Knocks Out Power to More Than 200,000 in New England

Around 85,000 customers in Maine alone still don’t have electricity after a nor’easter brought high winds and heavy snow.

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Engineering

NY - Gowanus Canal Dredging in Full Swing

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently began historic full-scale dredging of Gowanus Canal Superfund Site in Brooklyn, New York.

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Waterways

MA - Two Foundations Launch Intensive Study of Chimark Pond

Dredging and intensive study are part of a new project for Chilmark Pond, as two foundations have joined forces to develop a science-driven restoration plan for the pond.

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Waterways

NE - $2.8 Million in Grants Awarded in New England to Improve the Health of Long Island Sound

Twenty-four grants awarded to projects in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont

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Engineering

MA - Phase Two of the Boston Harbor Dredging Project Complete

The United States Army Corps of Engineers and Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) have announced that Phase II of the Boston Harbor Dredging Project is complete and ahead of schedule by nearly one full year.

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Engineering

NY - Bay Park Conveyance Project Moves Ahead

The Nassau County Legislature unanimously voted on Nov. 25 to approve a design-build contract between the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation and Western Bays Constructors for the $439 million Bay Park Conveyance Project.

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Fisheries

ME - Online "Entangled" Film Screening and Panel Discussion

The University of Maine Hutchinson Center will host a free online screening of award-winning documentary “Entangled” on Friday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m.

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Property

NY - Once in a Lifetime Floods to Become Regular Occurrences by End of Century

Superstorm Sandy brought flood-levels to the New York region that had not been seen in generations. Causing an estimated $74.1 billion in damages, it was the fourth-costliest U.S. storm behind Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and hurricanes Harvey and Maria in 2017 according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Science

NJ - Study Proves Bits of DNA in Seawater Correlate to the Weight of Netted Fish

Humanity is a step closer to answering one of the most ancient of questions—"how many fish in the sea?"—thanks to newly-published proof that the amount of fish DNA collected in a water sample closely corresponds to kilos of fish captured in a trawl with nets.

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Fisheries

NJ - Artificial Reef Project Is a Go off Beach Haven

An artificial reef project initiated by the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association is expected to begin this week with the sinking of four vessels on Little Egg Reef, located approximately 5 miles offshore from the south end of Beach Haven.

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Property

NY - Swaths of Brooklyn Coastline to Be Flooded Annually by 2050: Study

Miles of low-lying neighborhoods along Brooklyn’s coast will suffer annual floods by 2050 because of rising sea levels, scientists predict in a new interactive map.

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Energy

MA - Vineyard Wind Puts 800-MW Offshore Project on Hold

Officials with Vineyard Wind said they are temporarily withdrawing the group’s application for federal approval to build the first large U.S. offshore wind farm, saying more time is needed to conduct a final technical review after announcing a change in the turbines expected to be used in the project.

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Fisheries

NY - $6.7 Million Relief Program Will Assist NYS Fishing Industry

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York State announced that $6.7 million in federal funding is available from the Marine Fisheries Relief Program established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to assist New York’s marine fishing industry following economic losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Fisheries

NE - New England White Shark Research Consortium Forms to Enhance Coordinated Regional Efforts to Study White Sharks

Provincetown, MA - Today, shark research groups and government agencies from the northeastern US and Canada announced the establishment of the New England White Shark Research Consortium (NEWSRC).

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Energy

ME - Maine's Bold Climate Action Plan Will Require Money, Commitment

The plan would cost billions of dollars to execute, but state leaders say the cost of doing nothing would be even greater.

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Waterways

NE - New Research Shows Even Small Ships Pose Deadly Threat to North American Right Whales

It has long been known that ship strikes involving large vessels pose one of the greatest threats to North Atlantic right whales, whose coastal habitats and tendency to stay close to the water’s surface make them vulnerable to such deadly collisions.

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Fisheries

CAN - Nova Scotia First Nation Suspends Lobster Fishery After Endangered Whales Spotted

Nova Scotia’s Sipekne’katik First Nation says it will temporarily close its moderate livelihood lobster fishery after endangered North Atlantic right whales were detected off the province’s southwest coast.

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