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Energy

MA - Transmission Deal Struck for 800-MW Vineyard Wind 1

The developer of the 800-MW Vineyard Wind 1 offshore wind project near Massachusetts has sealed an interconnection agreement with transmission company ISO New England.

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Energy

NJ - State Releases Offshore Wind Strategic Plan

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities approved and published online the New Jersey Offshore Wind Strategic Plan on Sept. 9.

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Fisheries

CT - 30K Walleye Fill Connecticut Lakes

The goal is to support recreational fishing and fisherman in Connecticut which bring about half a billion dollars to our economy every year.

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Waterways

NY - How New York City Is Reclaiming Its Piers

A renaissance in pier developments is reconnecting people to the city’s waterfront

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Fisheries

ME - Zone C Lobster Council OK’s Trawl Limit Plan

With the National Oceanic Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) under a fast approaching, court-imposed deadline to develop new whale protection rules, the Zone C Lobster Management Council held a special meeting on the internet in late September to get an update on the situation from Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher and consider a zone-specific plan for gear modifications that will likely be required by NMFS.

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Fisheries

NE - Gulf of Maine Plankton Survey Begun Again

Understanding changes in plankton in water helps scientists understand North Atlantic right whales

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Engineering

NJ - Army Corps Awards Beach Work Contract for Cape May

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday awarded a contract for beach replenishment along New Jersey's southern tip.

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Fisheries

ME - Zone B Council Holds off on Endorsing Whale Plan

ELLSWORTH — A deadline to present a state plan designed to minimize potential harm to right whales is fast approaching, but members of the Zone B Lobster Management Council have asked Department of Marine Resources officials to check some numbers before the zone council agrees to a plan.

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Energy

NY - Equinor Returns to New York for More Offshore Wind

Norwegian energy major Equinor has submitted bids into New York’s second offshore wind solicitation.

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Fisheries

ME - Iconic Food Web Threatened by Climate Change

Two decades of data from a study of Maine’s Swan’s Island document a slow and steady dwindling of mussels, barnacles, and snails.

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Waterways

NE - Eversource Wins Environmental Award for Seacoast Reliability Project in Little Bay

Eversource announced it has been recognized by the Environmental Business Council of New England for its commitment to safeguarding the ecological health of Little Bay, an environmentally sensitive estuary located in Durham and Newington, while completing the submarine cable crossing portion of the Seacoast Reliability Project.

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Science

NY - $2.1 Million Awarded for Sea Grant Research on NY's Coastal Environment

New York Sea Grant (NYSG) has awarded more than $2.1 million to support six coastal science research projects —three of which are being led by Stony Brook University faculty — that explore topics relating to and benefiting New York’s coastal environment, communities and economies.

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Engineering

RI - $5.2 Million Secured for Improvements Project at Port of Galilee

The Rhode Island Congressional Delegation and General Treasurer Seth Magaziner joined Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Director Janet Coit in launching a $5.2 million project to make much-needed improvements at the Port of Galilee.

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Advocacy

NJ - Entangled Right Whale off New Jersey

Bad weather Friday continued to frustrate efforts by NOAA officials to launch a new search flight and develop rescue plans for an entangled northern right whale sighted Oct. 11 near the approaches to New York Harbor.

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Waterways

NY - Report: LI Water Quality Suffering From Nitrogen, Toxic Blooms

Every major bay and estuary on Long Island, from Great Neck to East Hampton, was afflicted this summer with toxic algae blooms or oxygen starved waters, primarily from heavy loads of nitrogen stemming from sewage and septic systems, according to a new report on the region's water quality impairments.

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Aquaculture

ME - Entrance of Large-Scale Fisheries and Aquatic Farms Could Hamper Maine Aquaculture Industry

The cultivation of fish and aquatic plants for food is one of Maine’s leading industries, but some say large-scale producers could put the state’s ecosystem at risk.

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Fisheries

MA - Towns Turn to State and Federal Funds to Boost Fishing Industry

Gov. Charlie Baker re-launched the state’s Seaport Economic council in 2015, investing over $40 million to date in coastal communities.

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Waterways

CT - Long Island Sound Report Card: Region's Bays Range From A to D-

The eastern basin of Long Island Sound ranks high for water quality, as it benefits from lower population density in the region and natural tidal flushing from the ocean, according to the 2020 Long Island Sound Report Card released this past week by Save the Sound.

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Property

NE - R.I.'s Climate Crisis Means Higher Energy Bills and Less Work

The economic damage caused by the climate crisis will impact many industries in different ways. And since these industries have different geographical patterns, the economic damage will affect southern New England’s 27 counties differently.

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Fisheries

Don't Miss Virtual Screening of ENTANGLED, Followed By Expert Panel

Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network have teamed up with Ocean Blue Happy Hour and ENTANGLED filmmaker David Abel to bring you a special film screening and panel discussion.

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Energy

ME - EDA Awards $2 Million to Further Establish Maine as Offshore Wind Power Industry Leader

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $2,166,719 to the Governor’s Energy Office, to further advance a comprehensive economic roadmap for establishing Maine as a leader in the offshore wind power industry, according to a news release.

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Engineering

NJ - Bulkhead, Dredging Project Underway in Lavallette

A long-awaited project to improve the bulkheading surrounding the borough’s boat ramp area is underway – part of a larger project to improve the ramp to make it more usable for boaters, and deepen the channel that runs under the West Point Island Bridge.

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Aquaculture

CT - Milford Lab at Forefront of Shellfish Research, Assisting CT Aquaculture

MILFORD — The annual open house at the NOAA Milford Laboratory will have to be online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but protecting public health is something the facility has been doing since its founding in 1931.

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Engineering

NJ - Underwater Pipe Proposed to Improve Health of Shinnecock Bay

Southampton Town is exploring a multimillion-dollar concept to improve water quality in Shinnecock Bay through a 2,200-foot underwater pipe beneath Dune Road that would pump ocean water to flush out the waterways.

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Engineering

NJ - Federal Replenishment Projects Have Now Become Routine, Most Beaches Said to Be in Good Shape Heading Toward the Winter

With nearly two months left before the hurricane season of 2020 ends Nov. 30, and the winter storm season waiting in the wings after that, most local beaches are in relatively good shape.

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Fisheries

NE - Conservation Success or Pests? Seals Spark Passionate Debate

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Nick Muto has fished up and down the New England coast and there is nothing that gets his blood boiling more than the sight of a seal.

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Fisheries

RI - Lobsters Provide Lesson About Economic Damage Being Caused by the Climate Crisis

If present trends continue, by the end of the century, the cost of global warming could be as high as $1 billion annually for Providence County alone, according to data from a 2017 research paper.

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Engineering

CT - Stratford Shoreline Protection Project Gets National Recognition

STRATFORD — An erosion control project led by two universities and a climate adaptation group has won a “Restored Shore” award from a coastal protection organization.

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Engineering

MA - Climate Change: Report urges action on tidal flooding, beach erosion due to environmental damage

The State of the Coast report by The Trustees focuses on the threat of rising sea levels and powerful storm surges on the state’s North Shore, which is home to the major fishing port of Gloucester as well as Salem, the site of the notorious colonial-era witch trials.

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Energy

MA - Massachusetts Offshore Wind Projects Book Staging Spot

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has signed lease agreements with Vineyard Wind and Mayflower Wind to use the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal as the primary staging and deployment base for the construction and installation of their offshore wind projects.

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Energy

NH - Coalition Supporting Offshore Wind Development Set to Launch

Concord, N.H. (AP) — A regional coalition that supports the development of offshore wind power is set to launch later this month.

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Waterways

MA - Plymouth County Commsission Primary Candidates Split Over Dredging Program

The four candidates agree on a lot of things — term limits, homelessness and regional purchasing agreements, but they are split on the county’s 2015 purchase of equipment for a dredging program

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Energy

NY - New York Environmental Fund Stays Whole Amid Budget Concerns

Potential state budget cuts to cover the financial decline caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are not projected to impact New York's $300 million Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) contained in legislation passed last year to help fight climate change.

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Waterways

NE - Endgame Looms for New England's Great River

After a half-century of failures, the recovery of the Connecticut River ecosystem hangs in the balance. Will authorities finally act to save it?

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Fisheries

NJ - $11.3 Million in Pandemic Aid to State Fisheries Discussed

Disbursement of over $11.3 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act was discussed at the Aug. 17 meeting of the Atlantic Coast section of the N.J. Shellfisheries Council.

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Federal

NE - EPA Coastal Restoration Grants Will Help Massachusetts and Rhode Island Communities

BOSTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) along with Restore America's Estuaries (RAE) announced the awarding of $1.8 million in new funding to local organizations working for clean water and healthy coastal ecosystems in Southeast New England.

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Engineering

MA - State Awards Oak Bluffs $1 Million for North Bluff Improvements

The ongoing waterfront redevelopment project along the North Bluff in Oak Bluffs got a major boost Tuesday with the announcement from Gov. Charlie Baker that the town will receive $1 million in state grant money for further infrastructure improvements.

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Waterways

ME - Lawsuit Challenges Access to Prized Piece of Portland's Working Waterfront

A lawsuit filed in Cumberland County Superior Court could limit historical access to the working waterfront by commercial fishermen in Portland.

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Federal

USA - NOAA approves Mystic Aquarium to import 5 beluga whales

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has approved Mystic Aquarium’s request for a permit to import five beluga whales from a facility in Canada.

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Fisheries

ME - Fitness Trackers, Environmental Sensors Prototyped to Improve Survival in the Lobster Supply Chain

Miniature fitness trackers for lobsters and devices to monitor the quality of their shipping conditions are being prototyped as part of an initiative to reduce stress points and improve survival in the lobster supply chain for the Maine lobster industry.

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Waterways

NJ - State, Feds Review New Dredge Material Management Site for Surf City Channel

While there is no firm start date for the dredging of the Surf City channel in the bay off Ninth Street, it is slated for a future project, state transportation officials said last month.

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Engineering

RI - Warwick Awarded $565K to Upgrade Coastline

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Warwick Mayor Joseph Solomon unveiled another plan for his Oakland Beach Resiliency Initiative on Tuesday.

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Property

NJ - Hoboken Announces Plan to Sue Fossil Fuel Companies Over Chronic Flooding Issues, Citing Climate Change

HOBOKEN, NJ – Ravi Bhalla, Mayor of Hoboken—a densely populated urban enclave sitting at sea level along the mouth of the Hudson River—has announced that the City will sue fossil fuel companies over the ongoing impacts of flooding. The basis for the suit is the collective and demonstrable denial of climate change by oil companies.

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Federal

ME - Maine lobster industry nets $2 million for research

Four of the nine research projects being funded will be conducted my Maine researchers and institutions

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Federal

CT - NOAA Imposes Strong Restrictions on Aquariums' Import of Captive Belugas for Research

Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and other animal and environmental protection groups applaud the Department of Commerce’s decision to prohibit Mystic Aquarium from breeding five captive-born beluga whales from Canada as part of an import permit issued Friday. The permit also precludes Mystic from training the whales for performance.

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Fisheries

ME - Maine hits stumbling block in effort to distribute pandemic aid to seafood industry

Individual fishermen, fishing charters and seafood dealers must demonstrate revenue losses before receiving checks, probably in November.

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Fisheries

ME - ‘Amazing’ halibut, one of the largest fish in the Gulf of Maine, are making a comeback

Halibut are one of the largest fish in the Gulf of Maine, second only to bluefin tuna, swordfish and large sharks. Historically they were a mainstay of the fishing industry along with cod.

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Energy

NY - As New York Pushes Green Energy, Localities Bristle at Loss of Control

A new law gives New York State government more authority than ever over approvals for large-scale wind and solar energy projects.

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Advocacy

CT - Group Sues to Stop Connecticut Aquarium From Getting Beluga Whales (With ASPN Podcast)

An animals rights group is suing the U.S. government to thwart a Connecticut aquarium's effort to get five new beluga whales, arguing in court that the aquatic animals would be harmed both from the trip from Canada and from being separated from other whales.

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Fisheries

NE - They Can Dig It: New England Clammers Press Through Pandemic

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — For New England’s vanishing commercial clam harvesters, the coronavirus pandemic represents only the most recent in a string of setbacks that have held down the centuries-old industry.

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Engineering

MA - State Announces $7.8 Million for Infrastructure and Planning Projects

BOSTON – The state has announced more than $7.8 million in Seaport Economic Council grants to support 17 projects across the Commonwealth.

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Property

NJ - Land Development in New Jersey Continues to Slow

It's unclear how the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to fight inequality will affect future trends

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Fisheries

ME - Maine Sea Grant, UMaine Advance National Initiative to Increase Lobster Fishery Resilience

Orono, Maine — Maine Sea Grant College Program staff and University of Maine scientists will advance a multimillion-dollar NOAA Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative (ALI), which has announced a second round of research funding.

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Property

NY - New York City Residents Document Sea-Level Rise in Coastal Neighborhoods

The Community Flood Watch Project is collecting resident reports of flooding in Jamaica Bay.

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Energy

NJ - $6 Million Now Available to Support Offshore Wind in New Jersey

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) have approved two Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) that will make nearly $6 million available to support offshore wind and other clean energy projects in the state.

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Fisheries

ME - Lobster Industry, Other Fisheries to Receive Tariff Relief in $530M Federal Bailout

Maine lobster harvesters and other commercial fishermen affected by foreign trade tariffs on their catch will receive a total of $530 million in federal relief, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday.

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Property

NY - Opinion: By Design and Democracy, NYC Must Move Toward Equitable Waterfronts

‘Whether we like it or not, we need to adapt our city to manage the mounting risks that sea-level rise and climate change pose to New York’s waterfront communities.’

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Engineering

NY - Long Beach Officials: Faulty Jetties Causing Beach Erosion

The winner of Long Beach’s never-ending battle against nature seems all too obvious, at least at the southern end of Washington Boulevard: It’s the ocean.

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Property

RI - Warren's Rising Waters Compel Officials to Plan Retreat

Experimental economic redevelopment to address town’s flooding woes

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Energy

NJ - New Jersey Opens Solicitation to Triple Offshore Wind Commitment, Outlines Pathway to 7.5 GW by 2035

New Jersey on Sept. 9 opened a second state offshore wind solicitation that could triple its committed capacity from 1.1 GW to 3.5 GW.

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Waterways

NY - Scajaquada Creek and the Blue Economy

As part of Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper’s new awareness campaign for Scajaquada Creek – “Scajaquada September” – the organization held a press conference where they discussed a number of impressive goals, including reconnecting a wetland and floodplain.

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Energy

NY - Ørsted Agrees to Multi-Million South Fork Community Benefit Package

Ørsted, East Hampton Town, and the East Hampton Town Trustees have reached agreement on the terms of a contract which would allow the installation and maintenance of the South Fork offshore wind farm’s export cable.

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Fisheries

NY - DEC Announces Actions to Protect Salmon River Fish Populations

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced actions underway to mitigate the impacts of low water flows along the Salmon River during the upcoming salmon run that draws thousands of anglers each year.

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Energy

NJ - New Jersey Legislators Call to Suspend Offshore Wind Approval

A trio of New Jersey legislators who have promoted offshore wind energy development have called for suspending state approval of Ørsted’s Ocean Wind project, alleging the company has so far “failed to deliver” on its promises of new jobs and economic development in the state.

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Energy

ME - South Portland, Pipeline Company Square Off Before High Court

The city is fighting to protect an ordinance that would bar the Portland Pipeline Corp. from importing tar sands oil from Canada.

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Science

ME - UMaine Marine Geologist Archives Change in Maine Landscapes

SACO - Every year since 1982, Joseph Kelley captured photos of the fastest deteriorating portion of Maine’s coast, located in Camp Ellis, for use in his work as a state marine geologist, and research and teaching at the University of Maine.

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Tourism

NJ - Belmar Beach Revenues Roll In at $4.9 Million, Surpassing 400000 Badges Sold During Summer of COVID-19

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar raked in more than $4.9 million in beach access revenues this season — selling nearly 105,000 more beach badges over the previous year.

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Local

MA - Climate Change on a Local Level

In early September, the Coastal Resiliency Advisory Committee for Nantucket adopted September as Climate Change Awareness month, followed swiftly by a proclamation by Nantucket Select Board.

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Tourism

ME - Late Summer Boost Helps Some Maine Tourism Businesses Stay Afloat

By some measures, Maine defied expectations that restrictions prompted by the coronavirus pandemic would doom small and seasonal businesses dependent on annual mobs of tourists.

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Property

MA - Falmouth Could Abandon An Iconic Coastal Road Within 30 Years

A new report sets a timeline for Falmouth to make a historic retreat from its iconic Surf Drive coastal roadway in the face of sea level rise, flooding, and other impacts of climate change.

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Aquaculture

ME - Maine Shellfish Farmers Gaining Confidence With Scallops

Japanese ‘ear-hanging’ processing techniques and equipment helping to build a micro-industry

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Fisheries

David Abel's Documentary Film -- Lobster War: The Fight Over The World's Richest Fishing Grounds -- is Now Available On-Line

Lobster War is an award-winning film about a climate-fueled conflict between the US and Canada over waters both countries have claimed since the end of the Revolutionary War. “Lobster War” is finally available online and on TV! The film is about how climate change has affected a centuries-old conflict between the US and Canada over some of the world’s richest fishing grounds. Stream it now at links provided here

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Advocacy

ME - New Coastal Park System Conserves More Than 13 Miles of Down East Coastline

Cobscook Shores, a new system of parks scattered along the coast of eastern Maine, will celebrate its grand opening on Memorial Day 2021.

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Energy

ME - Maine Company Looks to Tidal Power as Renewable Energy's Next Generation

After years of development, tidal and river energy supporters say the technology is on the cusp of wider commercial deployment, especially if it can win federal support.

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Property

CT - Yale Report Shows Alarming Climate Impacts in University's Own Backyard

As Yale’s researchers scan the globe to see the impacts of climate change, a new report out of the School of Public Health underscores a risk much closer to home.

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Property

NE - 82 Years Later, Remembering the Great New England Hurricane of 1938, One of the Deadliest Storms in Recorded History

In May of 1938, a Rhode Island high school sophomore by the name of Philip C. Greene wrote a poem that would later seem like a harbinger of the natural disaster that would befall so many New England communities like his in the months to follow.

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Engineering

NY - LIPA Seeks $350M Bridge Loan to Cover Isaias Costs

The LIPA board of trustees on Wednesday will vote on whether to allow the authority to borrow up to $350 million as a "bridge" loan to cover the costs of restoration from Tropical Storm Isaias until the utility is reimbursed for the costs by the federal government.

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Engineering

NJ - Army Corps Partners With Community for First Line of Coastal Defense

Hurricane Isaias stormed up the east coast of the United States in early August, bringing heavy rain and winds up to 85 mph to the shores of flood-prone Port Monmouth, New Jersey.

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Waterways

NY - Gowanus Canal Dredging to Start Mid-November: EPA

Barge-mounted excavators will start dredging the Gowanus Canal in mid-November, scooping out more than a century’s worth of contaminated sediment from the channel bed, the federal cleanup’s project manager said at a Tuesday meeting with local watchdogs of the project.

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Aquaculture

ME - Aquaculture Industry Qualifies for Relief

ELLSWORTH — If it wasn’t clear before last week, there’s a big election just a few weeks away.

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Federal

USA - EPA Approves New Ocean Dumping Site for Dredge Material off Isles of Shoals

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a new ocean dumping site for dredged material just off the Seacoast, after a years-long permitting process.

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Advocacy

NE - White Sharks Are Here to Stay in New England

From Cape Cod to Maine, the increasing number of white sharks is both a conservation triumph and a risk for swimmers

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Property

CT - Gov. Malloy's Shore Up CT Program Gets Few Takers, Paid Out Exorbitant Administrative Fees

The Department of Housing paid exorbitant fees to a lender administrating the Shoreline Resiliency Loan Fund, part of Gov. Dannel Malloy’s Shore Up CT program created in 2014 to give homeowners and businesses low interest loans to upgrade their properties to withstand coastal storms in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

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Fisheries

ME - As Climate Change Threatens Maine Fisheries, It's Not All Bad News for Oysters

Despite the threat climate change poses to longstanding Maine fisheries such as lobsters and softshell clams, and the harm it already has inflicted on northern shrimp and groundfish, there is one Maine fishery that has seen rapid growth in the past decade and is expected to continue expanding: oysters.

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Advocacy

MA - Right Whale Advocacy Group Calls for Mandatory Vessel Speed Zones

NANTUCKET – North Atlantic right whale advocacy group Oceana has called for the implementation of mandatory speed zones for vessels travelling in the Cape Cod and Islands area.

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Fisheries

NE - Fishery Regulators Plan Vote on 100% At-Sea Monitoring

NEW BEDFORD — The prospect of a sharp increase in at-sea monitoring requirements for groundfishing vessels is pitting New England’s seafood providers against environmental advocates, and players from the Port of New Bedford are right in the middle of the discussions.

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Fisheries

NE - The Last Lobster Supper?

New England lobsters are caught in a perfect storm of warming seas and save-the-whales activism. Could this be the end of our best-loved summer tradition as we know it?

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Engineering

NJ - North Wildwood Looks to Feds to Save Sand Starved Beaches

NORTH WILDWOOD — Mention the Wildwoods to many throughout New Jersey, and they are likely to think of a few indelible images: the Boardwalk, the rides and the wide, wide beaches.

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Fisheries

MA - The Blob: Low-Oxygen Water Killing Lobsters, Fish in Cape Cod Bay

BARNSTABLE – Researchers have nicknamed it The Blob, a lens of water on the bottom of Cape Cod Bay with unprecedentedly low levels of oxygen.

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Fisheries

NE - New England Fishery Council Adopts Controversial Plan to Monitor All Trips to Sea

After years of concerns about the overfishing of some of New England’s iconic species, the regional body overseeing fishing issues on Wednesday adopted a divisive plan that could require monitors to accompany groundfishermen on all trips to sea.

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Advocacy

NJ - 'We've Been Forgotten': In Newark, N.J., a Toxic Superfund Site Faces Growing Climate Threats

One environmental advocate warns of a potential disaster: "With Superfund sites and climate change, we're playing Russian roulette with a loaded gun."

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Fisheries

ME - Recommended Gear Rules for Whale Safety Adopted

ELLSWORTH — With the National Oceanic Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) under a fast approaching, court-imposed deadline to develop new whale protection rules, the Zone C Lobster Management Council held a special meeting last week to get an update on the situation from Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher.

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