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USA - NOAA releases U.S. Interagency Elevation Inventory

In partnership with five other federal partners (FEMA, USGS, USDA, USACE, NPS), NOAA maintains an inventory of available topo and bathy elevation data. The inventory just recently underwent a rebuild with new features, so we wanted to get the word out to elevation data users. I have attached the text. The link to the USIEI is coast.noaa.gov/inventory.

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USA - NOAA begins transition to electronic navigation charts

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began to implement its sunset plan for paper nautical charts last month, starting with the current paper chart 18665 of Lake Tahoe.

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Energy

USA - 'It makes us sharpen our pencils': oil giants good for US offshore wind, says Avangrid chief

Majority Iberdrola-owned utility says competition from likes of BP and Shell 'clarifies industry is for real'

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Science

CA - Sailing without a crew: Saildrone aiming to replace manned ships on mapping expeditions

A remotely controlled sailboat that maps the ocean floor, collecting DNA samples and transmitting real-time data to scientists sounds like the stuff of science fiction. But it’s real and it’s actually pretty close to home.

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USA - Assessing Social Equity in Disasters

Natural hazard impacts and resources allocated for risk reduction and disaster recovery are often inequitably distributed. New research is developing and applying methods to measure these inequities.

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USA - 3 Actions Congress Can Take Now to Build More Resilient Coasts

Earlier this year, NOAA released findings indicating that the rate of sea level rise has doubled over the last century and, even if global emissions reduction targets are met, sea level could increase 12 inches by 2100.

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Aquaculture

USA - From Capture to Culture: Aquaculture in the US

As the Biden administration turns to environmental concerns, one of its top priorities will be how to better protect the world’s oceans. With more than 80 percent of the world’s fish stocks at or near collapse, some marine conservationists suggest that aquaculture might help counter the problem of overfishing.

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USA - Wicker Reintroduces National Ocean Exploration Act

U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., ranking member and chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, along with Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, yesterday reintroduced the National Ocean Exploration Act.

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USA - The Worst Climate Disasters in US History

One impact of climate change is that the number and severity of climate-related disasters is on the rise.

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Energy

USA - FERC Issues Second NOI Concerning Its Certificate Policy

On February 18, 2021, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) issued a renewed Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking input on potential revisions to its current Policy Statement on the certification of new natural gas transmission facilities.

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USA - Big Benefits from Experimental Watersheds

Scientific insights from the Agricultural Research Service’s long-term study sites underpin dozens of models and research methods that guide global land management and conservation practices.

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Property

USA - First Street Foundation publishes report on economic loss from flooding

A new report, “The Cost of Climate”, quantifies the financial impact of flood risk carried by American homeowners and how those risks, and their associated costs, are growing as flood risks worsen due to a changing climate.

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USA - DeFazio Urges Biden to Start Using Harbor Trust Fund Immediately

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio and Ranking Member Sam Graves have urged President Biden to fully utilize the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) in his upcoming budget request.

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Property

USA - Flood-Prone Homeowners Could See Major Rate Hikes in FEMA Flood Insurance Changes, New Study Finds

With a major overhaul of the nation’s flood insurance program just months away, new data released Monday by the First Street Foundation suggests hundreds of thousands of homeowners in the riskiest locations across America could face massive rate hikes starting in October.

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Federal

USA - After 45 years, the Navy is planning to 'recycle' a first-of-its-kind missile submarine

The Navy's most recent 30-year ship-building plan calls for building 404 new vessels and retiring 304 current ones by 2051. One of the vessels to be retired is USS Ohio, a ballistic-missile sub that was refitted as the Navy's first cruise-missile submarine.

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Federal

USA - Setting Biden's Seafood Policy Table

Fishermen have been invited to be partners with the Biden administration on ocean policy and we are prepared to engage.

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Federal

USA - FEMA's New FloodSmart Re Cat Bond Could Be Its Largest, at up to $575M

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) looks set to secure its largest FloodSmart Re catastrophe bond yet, as the target size for the FloodSmart Re Ltd. (Series 2021-1) transaction has been lifted to between $500 million and $575 million, we’re told.

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Aquaculture

USA - MSU Awarded $1 Million NOAA Grant to Shore up U.S. Aquaculture Industry

STARKVILLE, Miss—Mississippi State University scientists are receiving a three-year, $1 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sea Grant College Program to establish national economic metrics for the U.S. aquaculture industry.

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Advocacy

USA - How to Save Saltwater Wetlands From Rising Seas

America's coastal saltwater wetlands are on a course toward functional extinction in the coming decades.

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Fisheries

USA - Report: Climate Change Among Threats to Recreational Fishing

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association and the AFFTA Fisheries Fund (jointly AFFTA) on Thursday released a report, “Recommendations to Improve the Health and Sustainability of America’s Marine Fisheries.”

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USA - Meet Capt. Chris Harvey, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock operates the largest dredging fleet in the United States, with vessels at work all around the world. And during Capt. Chris Harvey’s almost 40 years with the company, he has worked on just about every one of the company’s hopper dredges.

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Science

World - Sea level data confirms climate modeling projections were right

Projections of rising sea levels this century are on the money when tested against satellite and tide-gauge observations, scientists find.

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Federal

USA - Cheers and fears as Land and Water Conservation Fund order rescinded, replaced

The U.S. Department of the Interior has revoked a previous secretarial order it now says imposed unfair conditions on the implementation of Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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