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Engineering

MA - MAYOR WU ANNOUNCES STRATEGIES TO ENHANCE COASTAL RESILIENCE IN EAST BOSTON AND CHARLESTOWN

With the completion of “Coastal Resilience Solutions for East Boston and Charlestown (Phase II),” the City has developed resilience plans for all 47-miles of Boston’s coastline

Northeast
Advocacy

CT - Connecticut's Shellfish Population Gets a Boost With State's First Restoration Guide

Over the past century, populations of shellfish on the East Coast—particularly of the native Eastern oyster—have declined to a fraction of their previous numbers due to overharvesting, water pollution, disease, and habitat destruction.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Coastal Resiliency Plan Well Received

The East Hampton Town Board held a public hearing last Thursday on the adoption of the Coastal Assessment Resiliency Plan, which highlights a spate of ominous predictions as to how climate change will impact the town.

Northeast
Science

NY - In New York, a native tribe fights to save its land from climate change

Southampton (United States) (AFP) – In the Hamptons, New York's playground for the rich and famous, a Native American tribe is battling with the latest threat to what's left of its traditional land: climate change.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - NOAA lays out plans for expanded testing of ropeless fishing technology

Federal regulators prepare for widespread adoption of the gear in an effort to protect endangered right whales.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Some ships push back at rules requiring slowdown for whales

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators who want to enforce new vessel speed rules to help protect rare whales can expect some pushback from ship operators.

Northeast
Recreation

NY - Truck Beach Battle Fallout: All Beach Driving Permits Revoked

The East Hampton Town Board voted unanimously last Thursday to revoke all beach driving permits previously issued by the town clerk's office and declare that no permit issued by the town before or after the resolution confers the right to drive on the 4,000-foot stretch of ocean beach at Napeague popularly known as Truck Beach.

Northeast
Engineering

MA - One idea to reduce coastal flooding in Boston: create an artificial wetland

Chained between rusty beams on Chelsea Creek in East Boston is a big, floating ball of plants.

Northeast
Energy

RI - The critters seem to like the Block Island Wind Farm off of Rhode Island

Built in 2015, the Block Island Wind Farm in #RhodeIsland gives us important insight into how aquatic life responds to the turbine operation. A recent four year study shows how mussel aggregations and other aquatic communities use the area.

Northeast
Advocacy

CT - Protecting Connecticut’s vulnerable shorebirds takes a community effort

On a slice of West Haven’s shoreline is a beach. But not the regular kind — here, people come to observe birds, not pitch umbrellas.

Northeast
Waterways

ME - Climate change has reversed 900 years of cooling in the Gulf of Maine

Nearly a millennium of cooling in the Gulf of Maine has been reversed over the past century.

Northeast
Recreation

MA - After Outcry, Trustees Revisit Beach Access on Chappy

It’s the last Friday in July. At the edge of Katama Bay just west of Wasque Point, a tiny plover chick skitters nimbly across a patch of sand flecked with shells and seaweed. Nearby, a parent bird keeps a watchful eye as the chick forages for food.

Northeast
Energy

NJ - State offshore wind project: Public gets extra time to comment

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management extended the deadline for public comment on the environmental impacts of an offshore wind project after facing complaints 45 days was not long enough to review the 1,408-page impact statement.

Northeast
Federal

USA - NOAA Proposes New Vessel Speed Regulations to Protect North Atlantic Right Whales

NOAA Fisheries has announced proposed changes to vessel speed regulations to further protect North Atlantic right whales from death and serious injuries resulting from collisions — part of a multifaceted approach to stabilize and recover this endangered population.

Northeast
Local

RI - Foulkes Calls for Elimination of “Political Appointees” at CRMC, Creation of Sec. of Climate Action

Democratic candidate for governor Helena Foulkes is calling for the “abolition of politically-appointed supervisors of the CRMC.”

Northeast
Engineering

MA - NOAA predicts up to 18 days of high-tide flooding for Boston next year

Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say they expect high-tide flooding along the East coast to accelerate as sea levels rise.

Northeast
Engineering

NYC - $1.45B East Side Coastal Resiliency Project Phase-I brings crucial infrastructure upgrades to city

Completion of Phase-I of the $1.45 billion East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) Project has equipped lower Manhattan’s Asser Levy Playground area with a 97.5-m (320-ft) long floodwall and a 44,996-kg (99,200-lbs.) floodgate, along with upgrades to the park and landscape to help them better absorb flooding impact.

Northeast
Recreation

NJ - Video: Surfer Ben Gravy Catches Waves At All 43 New Jersey Beach Towns In One Single Day

Ben Gravy's Instagram bio describes him as a "semi pro novelty wave surfer", but I've been following him on Insta for years now & would also add "absolute delight" to that. He's been vlogging his surf adventures since 2015 & has such an affable, positive, contagiously enthusiastic energy that it's impossible not to feel a little happy watching his videos, even if you've never surfed a day in your life.

Northeast
Waterways

NY/NJ - Port of New York and New Jersey adds fees for ocean carriers as shipping containers pile up

The Port of New York and New Jersey is adding a “container imbalance fee,” effective September 1, as a way to encourage ocean carriers to move containers out of ports more quickly. Port of New York and New Jersey is the nation’s third-largest port and the largest port complex on the East Coast, receiving millions of containers from Europe.

Northeast
Fisheries

MD - Maryland regulators tentatively approve wastewater permit for massive salmon farm

A proposed indoor salmon farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore is poised to clear a key regulatory hurdle over critics’ fearsthat its discharges will threaten the state’s only Atlantic sturgeon spawning grounds.

Northeast
Advocacy

MA - ‘Better off flipping a coin’: Beach advocacy organization wants state review of water quality flagging accuracy

A beach advocacy organization is calling on Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders to direct the state Department of Public Health to review water quality flagging accuracy for all ocean beaches in the state, arguing the system used to broadcast if water is safe to swim in is “fundamentally flawed.”

Northeast
Energy

NY - New York's Latest Wind Solicitation Comes With New Strings Attached

The State of New York has announced the release of its third offshore wind solicitation, which will buy enough renewable power to run 1.5 million homes. The state is seeking to procure at least two gigawatts worth of capacity in this round, in addition to its 4.3 gigawatt, five-project portfolio.

Northeast
Advocacy

MA - Trustees deep six beach plan

After heavy criticism, The Trustees of Reservations announced Thursday afternoon it was withdrawing a draft beach management plan that placed significant restrictions on over sand vehicles (OSV) and dogs.

Northeast
Property

MD - With waters rising, Baltimore eyes $138 million plan to limit coastal flood damage

With Baltimore facing increased risks of coastal flooding from storms as sea level rises, federal officials have put forward a $138 million plan aimed at protecting the interstate highway tunnels under the city’s harbor while reducing flood damage to homes and businesses in low-lying waterfront neighborhoods.

Northeast
Federal

MA - Barnstable didn't violate Clean Water Act, federal court says

A lawsuit alleging the town of Barnstable violated the Clean Water Act and is polluting Lewis Bay was dismissed by a U.S. District Court judge last week.

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