Northeast
Northeast
Engineering

NY - Beach Renourishment Efforts Underway In Westhampton Beach

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY — Beach renourishment efforts have commenced along the ocean side of Dune Road in Westhampton Beach.

Northeast
Science

Within sight of New York City, an old-growth forest faces storms and sea-level rise

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.

Northeast
Engineering

DE - Where did replenished beaches go?

DNREC: 409,000 cubic yards of sand in shallows offshore, still breaking waves

Northeast
Energy

Interior Department Considers Cable Plan to Wire Ocean Floor for Wind Farms Off NJ-NY Coast

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.

Northeast
Energy

A Silver Lining in Vineyard Wind’s Delay?

Offshore wind farm’s setback is frustrating for a restless industry. But it could help to avoid the death-by-lawsuit fate of Cape Wind.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine Lobster Industry Headed For Decline, Not Crash, Scientists Say

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.

Northeast
Fisheries

Researchers to explore pre-permitting approach to aquaculture in New England

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.

Northeast
Engineering

In Dredge Work, Edgartown Refines the Art of Moving Sand

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.

Northeast
Engineering

Planning For Climate Change, Some Dorchester Activists Focus On Building Networks To Neighbors

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.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine lobster catch headed for decline but not crash, scientists say

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.

Northeast
Tourism

Study: Tourism increased at nation’s first wind farm

Reasons linked to curiosity trips, sustainability of boon unknown

Northeast
Advocacy

Mass: New home for ospreys at Red River marsh

Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) and AmeriCorps Cape Cod members assembled and installed a new osprey nesting platform in the saltmarsh tucked behind Red River Beach.

Northeast
Fisheries

Done deal: NOAA OKs herring protections

“Hallelujah.” 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.

Northeast
Fisheries

Fishermen's Alliance: Long-Waged Battle for Herring Won

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.

Northeast
Energy

Putting New York City’s Waterfront at the Heart of a Renewable Energy Revolution

How offshore wind farms could reactivate the city’s ports, shrink its carbon footprint and boost economic development.

Northeast
Science

Using Virtual Reality To Communicate The Immediacy Of Climate Change

Connie Monroe clicks a button, flicks her wrist and watches as her neighborhood floods.

Northeast
Engineering

New York: Dredging Efforts Stall As Berm Washes Out In Hampton Bays

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.

Northeast
Science

Climate change challenging Massachusetts oyster fishery

BOSTON — As climate change transforms ocean waters around the globe, the rapidly growing Massachusetts oyster industry is feeling the heat.

Northeast
Fisheries

Diving deep into restorative aquaculture

How tech is transforming our understanding of the ecological benefits delivered by New England’s renowned shellfish farming sector

Northeast
Science

Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales react to environmental changes -- New study documents altered right whale movements in Massachusetts Bay

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

Northeast
Engineering

NYC Council Approves $1.45B East Side Flood Barrier to Stave Off Hurricanes

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

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

Intracoastal Waterway Finally Getting Its Due Dredging; Completed Causeway Looking Good for All User Groups

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.

Northeast
Local

Rising Water Spells Big Challenges For Little Beach

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?

International
Advocacy

Challenges in restoring Canadian marine biodiversity

Weaknesses in Canada’s efforts to sustain healthy oceans need to be addressed. For five deficiencies, the Royal Society of Canada has options.

Northeast
Energy

New England offshore companies submit uniform layout proposal to Coast Guard

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.

Northeast
Property

LONG ISLAND / NASSAU: Town pushes back against proposed flood insurance costs

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.

Northeast
Federal

US Senators call for review of Canada's right whale protections

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.

Northeast
Property

Rhode Island: OCEAN STATE MUST FACE REALITY OF RISING SHORES

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.

Northeast
Engineering

NYC Council Approves Controversial East Side Flood Barrier; Wants to Stave Off Another Hurricane Sandy

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

Northeast
Property

New Jersey: Here's what roads should flood Sunday, Monday

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.

Northeast
Science

New Hampshire: UNH Researchers Find Climate Change and Turf Seaweed Causing “Patchy” Seascape

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.

Northeast
Energy

Constitution Wind team tour Connecticut port

Siemens Gamesa will start turbine assembly activity once upgrades to State Pier finish in early 2022

Northeast
Fisheries

New York: Experts Search For Answers To Peconic Bay Scallop Disaster

See what experts think may have contributed to a massive die-off of Peconic Bay scallops that has left the local economy reeling.

Northeast
Engineering

Climate change growing pains are real but necessary: Today, New York must advance its major resiliency project

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.

Northeast
Local

Delaware: Sussex County Council approves 3% lodging tax

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.

Northeast
Engineering

The Evolution Of Little Beach: From Marshland To Multi-million Dollar Enclave Threatened By Erosion

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.

Northeast
Engineering

Branford, Connecticut, sets up fund to pay for costs of climate change

The money could be used for repairing flooded bridges, elevating houses, improving stormwater drainage, and more.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine Lobstermen’s Association rejects DMR whale proposal

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.

Northeast
Local

Special Commission on Ocean Acidification Meets on Cape Cod

A special state commission has conducted its first of several meetings on research into ocean acidification in Massachusetts waters.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine’s Shrimp Crisis Reveals A Big Climate Change Problem We’re Not Talking About

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.

Northeast
Federal

New Jersey: Hereford Inlet can be dredged, feds say. Coastal communities plan to take advantage

NORTH WILDWOOD — There’s a makeover in store for the beaches of North Wildwood, Avalon and Stone Harbor.

Northeast
Property

Massachusetts: Marblehead Gets State Coastal Resiliency Grant

Facilitating Climate Adaptation Strategies for Marblehead and its Harbor

Northeast
Property

New York: No Coastal Flooding Protections In Store For City’s Largest Food Hub

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.

Northeast
Advocacy

(Opinion) The East Side Coastal Resiliency Plan is Worthy of Our Support

The following op/ed was written by Lower East Side resident and architect William J. Rockwell. The Lo-Down accepts op/ed submissions relevant to the Lower East Side community. Opinion pieces do not reflect the editorial position of The Lo-Down, but only the viewpoints of each individual author. To submit an editorial/letter to the editor, use the following email: info@thelodownny.com.

Northeast
Science

Mass Special Commission on Ocean Acidification Holds First Meeting Friday

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.

Northeast
Property

Op-Ed: NJ Policy on Managed Retreat Must Become Equitable as Sea Levels Rise NJ Spotlight

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?

Northeast
Energy

Opinion: On offshore wind power, let’s not get blown over

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.

Northeast
Advocacy

CARE for the Cape & Islands to Host Third Summit on Plastic Pollution and Litter

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.

Northeast
Property

Presentation focuses on possible 'retreat' from coast

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.

Northeast
Waterways

$2.6 million in grants awarded to improve the health of Long Island Sound

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.

Northeast
Tourism

Delaware: Sussex County Council considers a 3 percent lodging tax

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.

Northeast
Property

Maine: Towns will collaborate, participate in sea rise study

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.

Northeast
Energy

On offshore wind power, let’s not get blown over

Al D’Amato, a former U.S. senator from New York, lays out his approach to burgeoning offshore wind proposals along the American shoreline

Northeast
Energy

Competition makes UMaine think bigger about its offshore wind project

Despite setbacks and delays, the UMaine project is likely to be the first floating commercial-scale wind farm in the U.S.

Northeast
Engineering

New Jersey: Murphy Commits New Jersey to Climate Change Resiliency Plan

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.

Northeast
Engineering

Seven Years Since Hurricane Sandy And Southern Brooklyn Is Not Prepared

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.

Northeast
Engineering

Could sea gates stop storm surge from destroying coasts?

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.

Northeast
Engineering

Seven ways Hurricane Sandy started a tidal wave of resilience

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?

Northeast
Local

Hampton Bays Dune Washes Away Again; Town Supervisor Says Relief Is On The Way

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.

Northeast
Property

Maine: Rockweed industry adrift after ruling allows landowners to restrict access

The court decision this spring overturned decades of precedent that harvesters relied on to cut the wild seaweed.

Northeast
Property

Rising Sea Levels Claim a Chesapeake Bay Landmark

At a Glance > The island is eroding away. > Tens of thousands of students and teachers have taken part in education programs at the center. > Students say it's "an unforgettable place."

Northeast
Property

FLIRTING WITH DISASTER: FLOOD ZONES STILL UNINSURED YEARS AFTER SANDY

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.

Northeast
Engineering

New York City ‘ill-prepared’ for next major storm, Comptroller Stringer says

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.

Northeast
Engineering

New Jersey: $37.4M beach replenishment to touch up post-Sandy beaches

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.

Northeast
Engineering

Army Corps OK With Sandwich 'Borrowing' Sand From Scusset Beach

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.

Northeast
Engineering

Should New York build a storm surge barrier?

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.

Northeast
Federal

Maine lobster industry reverses course, agrees to support process to protect right whales

Maine’s primary trade group for the lobster fishing industry has rethought its position on a plan to protect the right whale population.

Northeast
Tourism

Delaware: Fencing to be erected along Lewes Beach dune

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.

Northeast
Fisheries

Studies explain factors in determing lobster populations

New reports attribute warming waters, local differences in oceanography to rise and fall of American lobster populations in the Gulf of Maine

Northeast
Energy

German utility sets sights on New York Bight offshore wind

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.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine DMR’s answer to whale rules focus offshore

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.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

Commentary: We should prepare now for next hurricane

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.

Northeast
Local

Mass: Rockport developer ordered to stop illegally altering protected wetlands in Pigeon Cove Harbor

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.

Northeast
Engineering

Delaware: Sand nourishment project set to begin in Rehoboth Beach

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be pumping sand along the north end of Delaware's Rehoboth Beach.

Northeast
Engineering

Delaware: $25 Million Wetlands Project Will Curb Flooding, Create New Parkland

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.

Northeast
Energy

BOEM Gives Approval for First Wind Farm in Federal Waters

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.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine To Hold Lotteries For Entry Into Scallop Fishery

Maine is holding lotteries for licenses to participate in one of the most lucrative fisheries in the state.

Northeast
Energy

New York: Review wind projects, but don’t kill them

When federal officials put the nation’s first big offshore wind farm on hold in order to expand an environmental review.

Northeast
Engineering

RI: Significant Interest in Climate Crisis Adaptation Money

Two new pools of money are drawing considerable interest from communities and groups hoping to protect Rhode Island from the climate crisis.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine Lobstermen Group Now Willing To Work With Feds To Protect Right Whales

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).

Northeast
Property

Massachusetts: State coastal agency again oversteps local boards

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.

Northeast
Engineering

New York City: Inside the controversial plan to remake the East River waterfront

NYC will remake the East River waterfront to fight climate change. It may not be enough

Northeast
Fisheries

Deep water sites off the US northeast coast are suitable for offshore blue mussel farms

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.

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