Gulf of Mexico
Southeast
Science

FL - Researchers team up with U.S. Coast Guard to release three baby sea turtles

As the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic escalates, marine biologists at Florida Atlantic University acknowledge that "wild" life must go on. Three 6-month-old green sea turtles, the last batch of the 2019 hatchlings at the FAU Marine Laboratory at the Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex, were ready to be released. However, with closed beaches and scuba boats not permitted to travel, researchers from the FAU Marine Laboratory had to get creative.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

LA - $300M in stimulus money OKd for hard-hit seafood industry

The COVID 19 monies that will soon be propelled into the nation’s hands include help for the seafood industry, which has been affected by closures in restaurants and bars.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

TX - USACE Galveston District awards $16.9 million project for Port Arthur Coastal Storm Risk Management System

GALVESTON, Texas– On March 30, the Galveston District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $16.9 million contract to Great Lakes Environmental and Infrastructure LLC of Rocklin, California, for repairs and raises to the Port Arthur Coastal Storm Risk Management System.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Bonnet Carre Spillway to open Friday to lower high Mississippi River in New Orleans

In an unprecedented fifth opening in the last five years, the Army Corps of Engineers will open 20 bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway Friday morning to reduce pressure on river levees in the New Orleans area and keep the Mississippi River below its official flood stage of 17 feet.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

FL - ‘Huge deal’ ends dumping into Sound; GB will receive effluent

Santa Rosa County Commissioners approved signing an agreement Thursday, March 26 between Holley-Navarre Water, Gulf Breeze City and the Northwest Florida Water Management District that Commissioner Lane Lynchard of Gulf Breeze labeled “an absolutely huge deal for Santa Rosa County, Santa Rosa Sound, and Navarre Beach.”

Coastwide
Science

Leading scientists say NOAA plan to improve U.S. weather forecasting is incomplete

The latest U.S. government effort to better the nation’s weather forecast modeling may not be adequate to achieve its intended goal, according to leading scientists in the weather community. The effort, some say, lacks the necessary push for innovation.

Coastwide
Science

Rising Tides: Will Mangroves Keep Up as Sea Levels Climb?

Ahead of World Wetlands Day, research shows how protecting mangroves can mitigate sea level rise – while also helping them adapt to its effects.

Southeast
Waterways

FL - There's too much nitrogen and phosphorus in U.S. waterways

Even minor amounts of human activity can increase nutrient concentrations in fresh waters that can damage the environment, according to a new study.

Southeast
Science

FL - One benefit from coronavirus closing beaches? There’s hope for a strong turtle nesting season.

Around the world, people have seen a few unexpected benefits from staying home to contain the new coronavirus. Blue skies made a rare appearance in Chinese cities, a change of pace from the smog. Clear water began flowing through canals in Venice, Italy.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

LA - In Louisiana, brown pelicans emerge as a sign of hope, recovery and resilience

With spring underway, thousands of brown pelicans are returning to nest on Queen Bess Island — a bird rookery island south of New Orleans in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay. What may seem like an ordinary annual event is actually quite remarkable, and a promising sign of recovery and resilience for Louisiana’s state bird.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

FL - PCB lifeguards training for beaches to reopen

According to Larry Couch, chief of the Panama City Beach Fire Rescue, the department’s eight seasonal lifeguards are in the midst of training to protect the city’s portion of the Gulf Coast.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

The U.S. Offshore Rig Count is down week-over-week

The overall U.S. rig count is down 44 rigs from the previous week to 728, with oil rigs down 40 to 624, gas rigs down four at 102, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged at two, according to the latest numbers from Baker Hughes.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

MS - Ocean Springs mayor wants beaches shut down due to coronavirus. He has to wait on Jackson County

Crowds of more than 10 still gathered Saturday on Front Beach in Ocean Springs despite the threat of the new coronavirus.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

TX - Oysters in Galveston Bay are on the rebound. Will it stay that way?

SAN LEON — Joaquin Padilla steered his white oyster boat, MISS KOSOVARE, in deliberate, counter-clockwise circles on an unusually placid Galveston Bay. The boat’s oyster dredge — a chain mesh net with a heavy steel frame - dragged on the port side of the boat along the floor of the bay, raking up dozens of oysters of various sizes.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

TX - As day-trippers continue to flock to island, Galveston closes beaches

GALVESTON -- In an unprecedented move, the city on Sunday closed beaches to the public and banned vehicular traffic from the West End beaches as it continues to deter visitors and public gatherings.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

LA - Stephanie Grace: Help for New Orleans? Bring it on. Mardi Gras shaming? Take it elsewhere

State and city leaders have been on a mission lately to publicize the extent of the coronavirus crisis in Louisiana and specifically in the New Orleans area, which is experiencing an alarming number of illnesses and deaths and has seen its tourism-reliant economy grind to a halt. This is a good thing. Attention must be paid, and it belatedly is.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Gulf - New Fisheries Management Strategies Needed to Support a Healthier Gulf of Mexico

Ecosystem-based planning can help decision-makers account for a changing ocean environment

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - Lost in the Everglades

Living in Geologic Time: An unintentional adventure in the River of Grass shows how Florida has changed dramatically over 15,000 years of human habitation.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - Traffickers Shipping Thousands of Florida Turtles to Asia

Traffickers in Florida are shipping thousands of land and freshwater turtles from Florida to Asia.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

FL - Hernando Commission to rule on shrimp business after community outcry

Residents don’t want shrimpers who violated land-use rules to continue operating in their neighborhood.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Deepwater Horizon and the Rise of the Omics

Microbial genomics techniques came of age following the Deepwater Horizon spill, offering researchers unparalleled insights into how ecosystems respond to such environmental disasters.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

TX - Galveston considers telling vacation home renters to leave

The city of Galveston is considering telling vacation rental guests to leave the island in an effort to encourage tourists to stay home from the normally popular island destination as officials work to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Gulf Coast - Coronavirus rekindles oil spill memories

The spring of the coronavirus feels a lot like the summer of oil to residents along the Gulf Coast.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

TX - Here's a unifying bipartisan bill helpful to Texas and other coastal states

Nowadays it’s noteworthy to learn of any bipartisan measures in Washington, especially when it appears to benefit a handful of states.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

MS - High Water: Prolonged Flooding on the Deltaic Mississippi River

Changing climate and land use practices are bringing extended periods of high water to the lower Mississippi River. New management practices are needed to protect people, industry, and the land.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Louisiana coastal authority approves billion-dollar spending plan in 'virtual' meeting

Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority on Wednesday approved a $1.08 billion spending plan for next fiscal year in a “virtual” meeting held online.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

GULF - Interior considers lowering US federal royalty rates for next Gulf lease sale

Rates for deepwater leases could be lowered from 18.75% to 12.5%. Interior decided against similar proposal in 2018. Lower rates for shallower acreage show mixed results

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

LA - $9.4 billion plastics facility to be built on slave burial grounds, report says

Community activists in St. James Parish, Louisiana, are demanding land permits for a $9.4 billion plastics facility be revoked after archaeologists may have discovered the project is scheduled to be built atop several slave burial grounds, a report shows.

Coastwide
Science

Early Look: 2020 Hurricane Season Might Be Above Average

Preliminary 2020 Atlantic hurricane season forecasts are suggesting an above average hurricane season .

Coastwide
Federal

NOAA - New Progress on Mapping U.S. Ocean, Coastal, Great Lakes Waters

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released the first annual report on the progress made in mapping U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes waters, the agency said in a release.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Water Ways: Dutch Lessons For A Changing Coast

Viewed from one end, where a three-story hinge links to a massive steel lattice, the Maeslant storm surge barrier resembles three crane towers toppled across one another. From the opposite end, nearly 280 yards away, it’s an imposing white wall, like a drive-in movie screen stretched the length of 2½ football fields.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

TX - Brazos River Fort Bend flood risk management feasibility study recommends no federal action

GALVESTON, Texas – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District announced today that it has completed the Brazos River Fort Bend Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study and is recommending that no federal action be taken.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Miami's South Beach is shut down: Spring Break revelers are ordered to go home amid coronavirus pandemic

Florida's famed South Beach is to close to prevent the spread of coronavirus as spring break revelers continue to party at the popular college getaway spot.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Florida’s Not the Happiest Place on Earth Right Now

The Sunshine State faces a dearth of tourism dollars due to closures of Disney parks and other destinations, but hoteliers hope for a return of the staycation.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Our Views: The Dutch have some new ideas for living with water, and still have plenty to teach Louisiana

Dating back to even before Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana has gazed across the Atlantic for guidance from the Netherlands, an early adopter of large-scale interventions to prevent flooding.

Gulf of Mexico

LA - American Queen suspends ship operations

American Queen Steamboat Co. Saturday said it would suspend all ship operations and resume service April 12 because of coronavirus problems nationwide.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

LA - California ban threatens Louisiana’s alligator industry

Stephen Sagrera remembers the first time he saw one. The Vermilion Bay marsh went silent as his father cut the boat motor. In front of them, a craggy, reptilian head glided across the canal with the grace of a creature that’s dodged extinction for 35 million years.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

FL - Rare whale and calf spotted off Okaloosa Island Pier (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

A group of people were out on a banana boat run by Coastal Beach Services, who manages beach amenities at Four Points by Sheraton Destin-Fort Walton Beach, when they spotted the mother and calf.

Southeast
Local

Fl - The health of our water discussed at recent meeting

“Be a nuisance where it counts. Do your part to inform and stimulate the public to join your action. Be depressed, discouraged, and disappointed at failure and the disheartening effects of ignorance, greed, corruption and bad politics – but never give up.” -Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

TX - Port 'A' battles Big Oil to preserve its funky coastal vibe

Still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, Port Aransas may face a future under Big Oil that some fear will destroy the idyllic vacation spot treasured by generations of Texans.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

TX - New Park Coming to Rollover Pass Site

The first step toward the construction of a new Bayside park in Gilchrist, Texas (Galveston County), is the filling in of the Rollover Pass in the Bolivar Peninsula, a $7.4 million project that began last October when crews from Brizo Construction LLC commenced its operations to fill in the 200-ft. wide and 1,600-ft. long strait (canal).

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Manasota Key celebrating fresh sand

ENGLEWOOD — Boulder Pointe condominium owners are among the Manasota Key property owners celebrating the start of the beach nourishment project this week.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

TX - Routine Monitoring Sheds Light on Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Long-Term Conditions

NOAA scientists plunge over the deck of Research Vessel Manta and in pairs descend the clear, blue water of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Floating above the underwater salt domes that rise from the depths of the Gulf of Mexico, the divers survey the conditions and perform critical monitoring of the reefs below.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

LA - Wetlands advocacy group disbands after nearly 2 decades

One of the most visible groups in the fight to restore and protect Louisiana’s vanishing coastal wetlands said today that it is ceasing operations.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Lido Key Beach Will Get More Sand. When Is Not Known

The latest beach renourishment plan for Lido Key Beach still doesn’t have a start date, but officials say they know what is needed to protect the shore for the next five years.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

FL - 30A residents try to hold onto ‘last frontier’ in proposed South Walton development

If there is support for the Draper Lake development, it didn’t show up in Freeport on Wednesday to stand with David Smith, the representative from Innerlight Engineering Corporation charged with defending the planned development before a room full of detractors.

Southeast
Local

FL - Miami Beach Announces Measures To Ensure Safe Spring Break

Ready to hit Miami Beach for Spring Break? The city just announced measures to ensure locals, visitors, and tourists can enjoy the beaches while maintaining safety and residential quality of life.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

FL - Does Hernando Beach want more tourists? Maybe, maybe not

Community poll rejects development as a tourist destination, but a group of residents and business owners is pressing a ‘vision plan’ for just that.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Industry turns out to decry bid to shift tourist taxes to other uses

A state move to divert taxes meant to aid tourism drew widespread ire from industry leaders here Tuesday, but an official rebuke from Miami-Dade lawmakers failed to advance.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

NOAA-NASA Satellite Image Shows Flooded Rivers In Mississippi, Louisiana

Mississippi has faced historic floods in the first two months of 2020. A new image from NOAA and NASA’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) satellite, show the flooding along the rivers in the region, particularly the Mississippi, Pearl and Pascagoula rivers.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

FL - Reward to find whoever shot, stabbed dolphins in Florida jumps to $54,000

As authorities struggle to find whoever shot a dolphin and stabbed another along the Florida coast this year, a federal agency has nearly tripled a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the cruel killings.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

TX - Texas Criminal Trial Highlights Climate Liability For Factories In Floodplains

Opening arguments ended Monday in Texas in the highest profile criminal case ever brought against a company and its employees for allegedly failing to adequately prepare for the effects of climate change.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Renourishing Lido Key might be more costly for Sarasota

If the actual bids come in higher, the city would have to foot the rest of the bill.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - The Energy Elite Have Started Listening to Their Enemy No. 1 in Houston

Say “climate change” too loudly, though, and you’ll get some looks. Many Houstonians still feel like they’re in a standoff with environmentalists who would love to put the Oil and Gas Capital of the World out of business. And anyway the city is booming, with cranes as common as traffic jams on its ever-widening highways. With a population up 11% since 2010, Houston is destined to overtake Chicago as the U.S.’s third-largest city—unless something goes horribly wrong.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

FL - Under drone radar, Fort De Soto Park becomes living lab for sea level rise

The Tampa Bay Estuary Program monitors a muddy thicket across from a snack shack, one of nine watch sites in the region.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

LA - The Mississippi River is America’s trade artery. It’s time to make it more resilient to climate change.

After 2019’s unprecedented flood, the Mississippi River is rising again, causing anxiety for those living and working in its path. While impacted communities and fisheries received much attention, people have been less aware of the impacts to another critical industry: navigation.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

TX - The Energy Elite Have Started Listening to Their Enemy No. 1 in Houston

Jim Blackburn, an environmental lawyer, is trying to protect the city from a climate disaster.

Southeast
Federal

FL - Florida bills mandating sea level impact studies for public projects await floor votes

A Florida House committee Monday unanimously endorsed a bill requiring municipalities and state agencies building structures on beaches or in tropical storm flood zones to first conduct a sea level impact study.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

LA - Editor’s opinion: A look at the big picture of a small island

The Gulf, science has established beyond a reasonable doubt, is coming for the rest of us.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

TX - The Port Aransas Conservancy Supports the Bluewater Texas Offshore Terminal

Phillips 66 and Trafigura Group Pte. Ltd have announced that they have formed a 50/50 joint venture, Bluewater Texas Terminal LLC ("Bluewater Texas"), to develop an offshore deepwater port project located approximately 21 nautical miles east of the entrance to the Port of Corpus Christi.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

LA - Partial to Home: Beauty and sadness as Louisiana dissolves into the sea

Ben Depp is a New Orleans-based freelance photographer with a fixation on Louisiana's disappearing wetlands.

Southeast
Recreation

FL - 22 Spanish silver coins from 1715 shipwreck unearthed on Florida beach

“Not everyone knows why it’s called the Treasure Coast,′ said Jonah Martinez, a treasure hunter from Port St. Lucie. ‘This is why’

Southeast
Federal

FL - Shifting Perspectives: Climate change no longer dirty words for Florida’s GOP, but how green will Trump go?

Florida Republicans have tentatively embraced climate change even though it puts them at odds with President Donald Trump. As the election nears, political watchers say one side is going to acquiesce in order to win.

Southeast
Local

FL - County still has questions on Aquatic Preserve bill

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) discussed the proposed Legislative bill creating a Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve, and what it means for the future of local decision-making and state funding. Hernando county has several state-funded aquatics projects already pending, and the future of those were also discussed.

Southeast
Federal

FL - Will new flood maps affect your home? Public meetings in Collier may hold the answer

Collier County's coastal residents and property owners can get an up-close look at new draft preliminary flood maps at three upcoming public open houses

Southeast
Fisheries

FL - 10 years ago, local fishermen marched on D.C. for change

″(It was) one of the first times the private and for-hire sectors came together. (It) proved that there is strength in cooperation. It was a tough three-day trip on a bus, but I would definitely do it again.”

Gulf of Mexico
Science

NASA - Winter Flooding in Mississippi and Louisiana

Persistent heavy rains soaked the Mississippi River watershed in the first two months of 2020. The result has been bulging rivers from Missouri to the Gulf of Mexico. Near-record flooding has brought two weeks of misery to the states of Mississippi and Tennessee, and high water is expected to arrive next week in New Orleans.

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