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Engineering

FL - Army Corps coastal risk study looking for public input, pending approval from Collier County

Additional measures to mitigate damage from hurricane-related events might be in Collier County’s future if commissioners agree to a study conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

TX - Hurricane Harvey more than doubled the acidity of Texas' Galveston Bay, threatening oyster reefs

Most people associate hurricanes with high winds, intense rain and rapid flooding on land. But these storms can also change the chemistry of coastal waters. Such shifts are less visible than damage on land, but they can have dire consequences for marine life and coastal ocean ecosystems.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Beach researchers presenting idea to cut costs, save lives in building back Fort Myers Beach

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — Fort Myers Beach Town Council taking important steps Monday in revitalizing the beach and Estero Island.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

GOM - ‘There will be no living here’: How gas exports are destroying Gulf Coast communities

New fossil fuel terminals release greenhouse gases and can be devastating to neighboring communities.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

USA - Pumping Mississippi River water west: solution or dream?

Waves of torrential rainfall drenched California into the new year. Snowpacks in the Sierra Nevada Mountains have swelled to more than 200% their normal size, and snowfall across the rest of the Colorado River Basin is trending above average, too.

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Energy

GOM - Offshore wind energy plans in the Gulf take a back seat to oil drilling under new law

President Joe Biden’s administration is tapping the brakes on offshore wind energy development in the Gulf of Mexico to make way for a new fast-tracked effort to open more federal waters to oil and gas drilling.

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Engineering

LA - CPRA receives over $2B for Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion construction

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (LA TIG), the group of state and federal agencies responsible for overseeing and approving spending Deepwater Horizon natural resource damages oil spill settlement dollars in Louisiana, approved $2.26 billion in funding for construction of the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion.

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Federal

TX - Fort Bend County’s Lawsuit Against Army Corps Of Engineers Over Hurricane Harvey Flooding Gets A Fresh Lease Of Life

A lawsuit by Fort Bend County against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over flooding caused by Addicks and Barker dams and reservoirs in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017 is back on the court docket.

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Advocacy

LA - Louisiana Has A Lost Town Most People Don’t Know About

Louisiana is no stranger to hurricanes that completely change the landscape that we once knew. Hurricanes Camille, Andrew, Katrina, Rita, and Ida are just a few of the names that will trigger any Louisianian, unfortunately. It’s an unfortunate reality for anyone living on the Gulf Coast, not just those in the Pelican State, and it’s not a recent thing, either.

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Property

LA - Louisiana special session to tackle insurance crisis begins

As insurers in Louisiana flee the state and residents face exorbitant, and in some cases unaffordable, property insurance costs lawmakers returned to the Capitol Monday for a special legislative session to address the ongoing crisis.

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Advocacy

TX - Environmentalists celebrate legal victory in Point Comfort, expansion supporters frustrated

POINT COMFORT – Environmental advocates drank champagne and ate tacos last week.The opponents of the proposed Matagorda Ship Channel expansion declared victory in December when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers withdrew an environmental assessment it used in its project plans.

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Recreation

FL - Man Drops GoPro into Water after Wondering ‘What’s Going on’ in Ocean

A curious man dropped a GoPro camera into the waters of Navarre Beach, Florida to document the remarkable sea life in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Justice

LA - How LSU researchers could help protect Louisiana, nation’s cultural heritage from climate change

Some of the casualties of Louisiana’s creeping coast could include the shelters of its history and culture — libraries, museums and galleries.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

MS - Court rules Army Corps of Engineers violated law, damaged marine life in Miss. Sound

BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi ruled the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created environmental harm in the Mississippi Sound when it opened the Bonnet Carré Spillway without consulting the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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Engineering

TX - Galveston Bay Park Plan Advances with Agreement on Study

A plan that aims to protect critical economic infrastructure in the Houston and Galveston Bay region is moving forward.

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Federal

LA - Louisiana takes another swipe at more federal offshore cash

WASHINGTON — State and local government officials from across Louisiana are heading to the Washington Mardi Gras this week and their top question for the state’s congressional delegation is “what do we do now?”

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Tourism

FL - Event planners scrambling after Naples freezes beach wedding permits

NAPLES, Fla. — The City of Naples has instituted a freeze on beach wedding permits for all of Naples proper.

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Energy

TX - As Cheniere Energy expands operations on the Texas Gulf Coast, some are pushing back

The Houston-based liquified natural gas company has seen a boost in business following sanctions on Russian energy, but environmental groups in the Coastal Bend say their health and environment is on the line.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

TX - NOAA awards funds for ocean and coastal management in Gulf of Mexico

NOAA announced on Tuesday the first round of funds totaling $20.5 million for the coordinated management of ocean and coastal resources around the country; the funding is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, with $832 million total being distributed over the next five years.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

LA - A Window into Louisiana’s Continued Embrace of the Fossil Fuel Industry

I live in South Louisiana on the front lines of the climate crisis and cover the fossil fuel industry and impacts related to the warming planet, so facing gaslighting is a regular occurrence for me.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - New plan to protect Louisiana’s coast begins months-long path to legislative approval By

BATON ROUGE– Could the Louisiana of 2073 face less flood risk from hurricanes than it does today? According to Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority officials, the answer could be“yes”–if their latest coastal master plan, released as a draft earlier this month, is fullyimplemented and predictions for more moderate environmental conditions prevail.

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