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USA - Hidden Epidemics: Disasters Are Driving a Mental Health Crisis

The smell of smoke can put Rocklynn Culp of Twisp, Wash., on edge. It’s an inescapable reminder of the 2014 Carlton Complex fire, which, when it happened, was the largest wildfire in Washington state history.

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Waterways

USA - On the Level: How NOAA Water Data Updates Help Maritime Shippers

In-depth tide data and benchmark verification project will take dozens of experts years to complete.

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Waterways

USA - Manson Construction Co. Announces Contract to Build Largest U.S. Hopper Dredge

Seattle-based Manson Construction Co. announced the execution of a contract for the construction of a 15,000 cubic yard hopper dredge with Keppel AmFELS.

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Waterways

USA - Biggest Ship Ever Seen on Mississippi Would Leave No Wake, Haul Load of 2,375 Trucks

A Miami ship line proposes an untried design never seen on the world’s rivers and yet conceived to haul as much cargo as 2,375 highway trucks while never churning up a dangerous wall of water behind it.

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Federal

USA - Beyer, Rooney Introduce Legislation to Boost NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Program

Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA-08) and Francis Rooney (R-FL) today introduced the Strengthening Coastal Communities Act, bipartisan legislation that would direct offshore wind revenues to NOAA’s Coastal Resilience Grants Program.

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Energy

USA - U.S. Wants Bankrupt Offshore Drillers To Pick Up The Tab For Abandoned Wells

The U.S. Department of the Interior is proposing a regulation that will not allow oil producers to avoid picking up their offshore well decommissioning tab when they go bankrupt, the acting director of the department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Walter Cruickshank, told Bloomberg.

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Engineering

USA - As Climate Change Poses an Increasing Risk, Coastal Cities Rethink Engineering to Protect Against Storms

As this active hurricane season continues. more coastal cities are changing how they build as a way to prevent against the effects of climate change.

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Engineering

USA - Great Lakes Awarded $119 Million in Dredging Work

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp., Oakbrook, Ill., announced today that it has been awarded several major dredging contracts totaling $118.8 million.

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Fisheries

USA - America's Fisheries Management Has Been a Success. Now That's Under Threat.

When you take the “science” out of fisheries science, things can go downhill very, very quickly.

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Energy

USA - U.S. LNG Exports Slip in July, Average Prices Rise

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the United States dropped in June, data from the Department of Energy shows.

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Energy

USA - Offshore Wind Energy Will Deliver Few U.S. Jobs; Lack of Oversight Means Most Jobs Will Be Overseas

New developments have raised serious questions regarding the economic and job benefits from offshore wind energy projects in U.S. waters.

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Fisheries

USA - Connecting Fishermen With Hungry Communities Can Also Benefit Local Food Systems

While fresh seafood hasn't traditionally been included in hunger relief programs, advocates say the lean protein is a smart choice that supports local economies.

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Advocacy

USA - Thirsting for Solutions to America's Water Crisis

Once a week, Florencia Ramos makes a special trip to the R-N Market in Lindsay, Calif. “If you don’t have clean water, you have to go get some,” says Ramos, a farmworker and mother of four who lives in the neighboring Central Valley town of El Rancho.

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Property

USA - La Niña May Brew a More Active Hurricane Season, Worsen Drought in the Southwest

La Niña conditions weaken wind shear in the tropical Atlantic, allowing more hurricanes to form.

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Science

USA - 2020 Hurricane Hunting Evolves With New Technology in Light of COVID-19 Safety Concerns

When the hurricane hunter aircraft collected data for Hurricane Laura in August, most of the meteorologists analyzing it weren’t onboard. That’s something new for 2020.

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Federal

USA - Trump Administration Announces $130 Million in Public-Private Funding for Wetland Conservation

Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced last week that the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission has approved more than $130 million in funding for various wetland conservation projects.

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Energy

USA - Carbon Capture and Sequestration: Can Big Oil Save Money AND the Environment?

Carbon capture and storage technologies are seeking to achieve zero net emissions in America by 2050. To that end, a host of legislative initiatives has been proposed at the state and federal levels to research the feasibility of current carbon capture technologies and to determine whether such technologies make economic sense for businesses.

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Federal

USA - What to Know About the Green New Deal

With sweeping declarations identifying a need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create thousands of high-paying jobs, the proposed Green New Deal superficially appears to be the climate legislation that green advocates have been waiting for.

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Science

USA - NOAA-NASA Satellite Captures Fires, Smoke, Sulfur Dioxide, and Ash Across America

On September 7, 2020, NOAA/NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite provided two different views of how fires are affecting the U.S.

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USA - How States Can Finance Coastal Resilience Before the Next Disaster

As climate change drives more intense storms, hurricane-related costs in the United States have increased 1,100% since 1980, and the population of counties prone to hurricane damage has increased at least 22% faster than the overall U.S. population has grown.

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USA - The Best Insurance to Have When You Live in a Hurricane-Prone State

If you live somewhere with hurricanes, it’s time to look into your homeowner’s and car insurance policies. We lay out what you should look for in a policy and when you should get it (spoiler alert: get it now).

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Science

USA - New Projects Explore Connections Between COVID-19 and the Environment

While scientists around the world are confined to their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, Earth observing satellites continue to orbit and send back images that reveal connections between the pandemic and the environment.

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Engineering

USA - Using Nature-Inspired Designs To Protect Coastal Communities

Texas A&M researchers are testing how a combination of sand dunes with coastal structures could better protect against flooding.

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Federal

USA - US Said to Have Dropped the Ball on Protecting Threatened Grouper

WASHINGTON (CN) — Conservationists sued the Trump administration on Tuesday for failing to protect the Nassau grouper, one of the largest coral reef fish, four years after it was designated a threatened species.

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Tourism

USA - Update on Beach Access Around the American Shoreline This Labor Day Weekend

Editor's Note: As Labor Day Weekend approaches, here is a guide to beach access and closures around the American shoreline.

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Property

USA - Mortgage Lenders Face Increasing Risks From Sea-Level Rise

As flooding grows more frequent, some smaller banks are shunning 30-year mortgages.

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Energy

USA - Severe Storms Are Increasingly Leaving Us Without Power. Microgrids Can Help.

As climate change spurs worsening hurricanes, renewable microgrids have the potential to generate and redistribute power.

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Energy

USA - Seven Policies to Tap U.S. Offshore Wind’s $166 Billion Economic Growth and Emissions Reduction Potential

As the COVID-19 recession trudges on, governments looking for economic recovery are embracing clean energy’s potential to create near-term jobs and long-term growth – especially when pairing economic recovery goals with climate goals.

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Science

USA - Tales From the Storm: How Four Scientists Tracked Hurricane Laura

Communities across Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas are still reeling from the destruction wrought by Hurricane Laura, one of the most powerful storms to strike the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in decades.

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Property

USA - Major Real Estate Website Now Shows Flood Risk. Should They All?

Millions of people rely on real estate websites when they're hoping to buy or rent a home.

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Property

USA - Climate Resilient Infrastructure Saves Taxpayers Money & Protects Communities

Earlier this year, a Michigan dam collapsed after heavy rainfall. The resulting flood forced thousands to flee their homes and will cost upwards of $175 million dollars.

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Federal

USA - NOAA Allegedly Halts Scientific Integrity Probe on Endangered Whale Conservation

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has allegedly halted a probe into a case of possible political interference in conservation measures.

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Science

USA - Coastal Development, Changing Climate Threaten Sea Turtle Nesting Habitat

A research team led by Florida State University found that sea turtles in the U.S. will have less suitable nesting habitat in the future because of climate change and coastal development.

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Waterways

USA - More Than $5.9 Mln Invested in Marine Debris Cleanup Projects

Matching grants bring total to $5.9 million for 23 projects across 18 U.S. states and territories

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Federal

USA - Conservation Groups Challenge Trump Administration’s Attack on the Power of States and Local Residents to Protect Clean Water

CHARLESTON, S.C.—Conservation groups today challenged in federal court a Trump administration rollback of clean water protections that sharply curtails the ability of states and local residents to protect their drinking water, rivers, streams, wetlands, aquatic life, and other local interests.

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Property

USA - Disasters Are Driving a Mental Health Crisis

From climate-fueled storms to COVID-19, mounting catastrophes are sowing stress and trauma. The country’s one program to help reaches only a fraction of survivors.

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Property

USA - NOAA Scientist: Warmer Oceans Will Mean Stronger Hurricanes

WASHINGTON - As if 2020 didn’t have enough going for it already, forecasters expect an especially busy hurricane season this year.

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Federal

USA - WRDA Should Make Cost-Share Change Permanent

Despite the upcoming election frenzy and the myriad of things Congress has to deal with, negotiations between the House of Representatives and Senate to resolve differences between the two versions of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) in each chamber are ongoing, according to barge industry sources.

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Property

USA - Torrent Urges Expansion of NFIP

Forty per cent (40%) of the US population – about 127 million people – live in coastal areas, putting them at risk of flooding from storm surge and record-setting high tides, according to a report by Torrent Technologies.

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Federal

USA - What will it take for FEMA to take climate change seriously?

As Hurricane Douglas bore down on Hawaii and Hurricane Hanna threatened the eastern United States, FEMA administrator Pete Gaynor came clean about climate change. He admitted to Congress for the first time, that, yes, climate change does make storms worse.

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Science

USA - RECORD-BREAKING ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON UNDERWAY

NOAA SATELLITES PROVIDE CRITICAL INFORMATION FOR FORECASTING AND TRACKING TROPICAL STORMS AND HURRICANES

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Engineering

USA - Great Lakes Dredge books contracts worth $117.8 million

David Simonelli, Chief Operating Officer commented, “Great Lakes is pleased to add these major coastal protection and maintenance dredging awards to our backlog. These projects are aligned with our strategy to provide dredging services to support the overall improvement and resiliency of our country’s environment, coastlines and infrastructure.”

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Federal

USA - Army Corps Proposes New Nationwide Permits for Seaweed and FinFish Aquaculture and Updates Existing Nationwide Permit for Shellfish Aquaculture (With bonus ASPN Podcast)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recently circulated a draft proposal to renew its existing Nationwide Permits (NWPs) as well as create two new NWPs that would authorize seaweed and finfish aquaculture in coastal waters.1

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