Gulf of Mexico
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Engineering

LA - State Hopes to Speed Grand Isle Levee Repairs by Taking Over Slow-Moving Army Corps Project

The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is planning emergency repairs on a damaged beach levee that has left Grand Isle exposed to storms during the height of hurricane season.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

LA - Pass-a-Loutre Recreational Use Projects Open to Public in Mississippi River Delta

The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced Thursday the completion of two recreational use projects in the Mississippi River Delta.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

LA - Our Views: A Bipartisan Plan to Pay for Levees in Metro New Orleans

With an impressive display of bipartisan support in the U.S. House, a plan to renegotiate the repayment plan for Louisiana’s share of the cost of metropolitan New Orleans’ levee system, now almost complete, is a potentially huge win for the state.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

AL - Restoration of Alabama's Lightning Point nearly complete

Work to restore and preserve one of Alabama’s most iconic and important coastal habitats is wrapping up as planners shift their focus to building trails, boat ramps and a pavilion at the site.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

FL - Destin Council to discuss possible beach expansion

DESTIN — The City Council is set to receive an update Monday on the city’s potential $10.6 million purchase of three parcels that would lead to a major expansion of Destin’s Shores at Crystal Beach Park.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

LA - Bill could save state more than $1B on hurricane protection

Pending changes to federal law could save Louisiana more than $1 billion for a hurricane protection system that has been promised since Hurricane Katrina but not delivered.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

TX - Port Houston Continues to Make Strides Despite Pandemic

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority met virtually Thursday for its regular July monthly meeting.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

LA - Proposed Water Resources Bill Could Save Louisiana More Than $1 Billion on Long-Promised Hurricane Protection

Pending changes to federal law could save Louisiana more than $1 billion for a hurricane protection system that has been promised since Hurricane Katrina but not delivered.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

TX - Texas Anglers, Boaters Urged to Help Conserve Threatened Saltwater Flats

Conservation groups are asking the tens of thousands of people who boat in Texas coastal waters every year to become part of the solution to conserve diminishing habitats.

Gulf of Mexico
Aquaculture

Gulf of Mexico - Proposed Fish Farm Remains Unfazed by Federal Court's NOAA Opinion

As a proposed finfish farm awaits word on its demonstration pen in the Gulf of Mexico, a federal appeals court upheld a decision revoking authority from a federal agency to permit and regulate offshore fisheries.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

LA - Tropical Storm Hanna Helped Shrink Gulf of Mexico's Dead Zone

Tropical weather stirred up the Gulf of Mexico, reducing this year’s dead zone off Louisiana’s coast to the third-smallest ever measured, the scientist who has measured it since 1985 said Tuesday.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

LA - Appeals Court: NOAA Can’t Make Rules for Offshore Fish Farms

A federal appeals court in New Orleans has upheld a decision that throws out rules regulating fish farms in the Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

LA - With Hurricane Season and Coronavirus Peaking, Louisiana Officials Worry People Won't Evacuate

Emergency managers in Louisiana struggling with how to fold COVID-19 precautions into their evacuation plans as the 2020 hurricane season enters its most active phase say their worst fear is that people won't leave in advance of catastrophic storms because they're more afraid of catching the virus.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Gulf of Mexico - Seafloor Damage From BP Spill Vastly Underestimated in Rush for Legal Settlement

After BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20, 2010, Paul Montagna was given the job of rushing into the blackened seas to find out how much harm the nation’s biggest oil disaster was doing to the creatures on the sea bottom — the tiny, barely understood and rarely seen organisms that quite literally form the foundation of the Gulf’s ecosystem.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - EPA Awards State of Texas More Than $3.8 Million to Manage Water Pollution

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced a grant of $3,887,500 to the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

TX - Hurricane Hanna Forces Padre Island National Seashore to Close

Recovery and cleanup efforts got underway this week for Coastal Bend beaches after they took a beating.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

TX - A Breakdown of Hurricane Hanna Damage Reports, Aftermath

While Hurricane Hanna's landfall was many miles from Corpus Christi, the storm's winds and surge were still strong enough to cause what will likely total millions of dollars in damage.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

TX - Texas to Start Issuing Oyster Farming Permits: ‘For Those Who Are Well-Informed it Can be a Profitable Endeavor’

The application process is getting started for farmers looking to join the newly launched oyster mariculture industry in Texas, the last state on the Gulf of Mexico to allow it.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Construction of $80 Million Floating Floodgate Underway Near Morgan City

Residents of six coastal and river parishes will no longer have to rely on old barges to block flood waters from the Atchafalaya River.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

TX - Abbott Declares State of Disaster After Hidalgo Co. Makes Similar Declaration

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster for the Rio Grande Valley and 28 other counties as Hurricane Hanna makes landfall in Port Mansfield.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

LA - US Gulf Region Still Struggling 10 Years after BP Oil Spill

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - Ten years after the catastrophic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Dean Blanchard of Grand Isle, Louisiana, is still haunted by what he witnessed.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

MS - Dispute Over GOMESA Funds Places MS DMR in Limbo

The FY 2021 budget for the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) was not adopted by the Legislature before the end of the fiscal year last week, meaning it is operating temporarily on advanced federal funds the Governor’s office has utilized to maintain its mission until lawmakers reach agreement and send it forward to Gov. Tate Reeves for his signature.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

TX - Enhancing Understanding of Gulf Sediments

Where's the sand for future projects off the Texas coast? The Corps of Engineers and the state of Texas partner to answer that question.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

TX - George P. Bush to FEMA: Don’t Discontinue Partial Home Repairs and Put Lives at Risk this Hurricane Season

Following Hurricane Harvey, about 30,000 Texas residents fled their homes to seek safety in emergency shelters with potentially hundreds of thousands evacuating to stay with family and friends.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Louisiana, Army Corps at Odds over Repair of Barrier Island Hit by TS Cristobal

Tropical Storm Cristobal ate away the beach of Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island to the huge sand-filled tube at the core of a protective levee, and the Army Corps of Engineers says permits and studies keep it or anyone else from repairing much of the beach until well after hurricane season.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

TX - Experts Aim to Make Historic Properties Along Gulf Coast More Hurricane-Proof

JULY 22, 2020 — With Texas being a prime target for hurricanes, UTSA’s Center for Cultural Sustainability is launching a two-year effort to improve the resilience of historic buildings along the state’s Gulf Coast so they can better survive severe weather events.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

LA - Louisiana Appeals Court Takes Tougher Stance on Pipeline Eminent Domain

Louisiana's Constitution allows companies to condemn private land needed for a public purpose, but the Bayou Bridge pipeline violated landowners' due process when it built 90% of the $750-million project on a 38-acre parcel before gaining proper approval to enter the property, a state appeals court ruled July 15.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

LA - Louisiana Fisheries, Coastal Agencies Agree on Initial Oyster Recovery Strategy

Oysters are such a mainstay of Louisiana cuisine that when President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited in 1937, Antoine's proudly served up a plate of them in the restaurant's signature Rockefeller style.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

TX - Federal, State Leaders Take Steps to Streamline Forest Land Protection, Coastal Restoration Efforts in Texas

With the signing of a shared stewardship agreement July 16, Texas Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Gov. Greg Abbott made Texas the 15th state to take such steps to improve collaboration in responding to natural resource concerns and ecological challenges.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Construction Underway on Components for Permanent Bayou Chene Floodgate

Governor John Bel Edwards announced construction is now underway on components of a permanent floodgate on Bayou Chene below Morgan City that will provide flood protection for portions of six parishes.

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Federal

TX - Feds Asked to Take Another Look at SpaceX Texas Permit

(CN) — Brownsville, Texas: gateway to Mars? Don’t put it past SpaceX founder Elon Musk. But in its rush towards space travel, environmentalists say the company is testing rockets beyond the scope of its federal permit at its launch site just outside the city.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

LA - ‘In Some Parts There is No Beach’: Cristobal Ate at Island Levee and it Can’t be Repaired until the Fall

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tropical Storm Cristobal ate away the beach of Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island to the huge sand-filled tube at the core of a protective levee, and the Army Corps of Engineers says permits and studies keep it or anyone else from repairing much of the beach until well after hurricane season.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

TX - Padre Island National Seashore Marine Debris Mapping Project

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS — The Padre Island National Seashore has teamed up with The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to start the marine debris mapping project.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

TX - Funding Cuts Imperil Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle Program at Padre Island National Seashore

A National Park Service review of the renowned Kemp's ridley sea turtle recovery program at Padre Island National Seashore in Texas is calling for substantial funding cuts and programmatic changes that would greatly hamstring the program and amount to "conservation malpractice," Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility charged Thursday.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

TX - Demand for Oysters on the Decline Thanks to Pandemic

Oyster sales have plummeted in Galveston County because of the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent shutdown of area restaurant dining rooms.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

TX - FEMA Urges Homeowners to Buy Flood Insurance with Peak Hurricane Season a Few Weeks Away

SOUTHEAST TEXAS — From FEMA - With peak hurricane season just a few weeks away, FEMA and its National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) are urging Beaumont residents to prepare now for severe storms and the flooding they can bring.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

TX - Expanding Texas' Underwater Eden

Standing in the surf on a Texas beach, it is easy to imagine that the sandy seafloor stretches out indefinitely under the swelling waves.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

AL - Alabama Power, residents meet about coal ash pond

WILSONVILLE — A public meeting was held Monday night, July 6, at Wilsonville Baptist Church regarding the coal ash pond at E.C. Gaston Steam Plant on Lay Lake.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

TX - Future Hurricanes: Fast Like Ike or Slow Like Harvey?

Climate Change Projected to Make Rapidly-Moving Storms More Likely in Late 21st-Century Texas

Gulf of Mexico
Property

TX - 3 Years After Hurricane Harvey, Many Houston Homeowners Don't Know Who’s At Risk Next

A lack of data and options is trapping people in flood-prone homes and driving inequality.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

LA - Rutherford Beach conservation area damaged

CREOLE, La. (KPLC) - At Rutherford Beach, you can often find roped off area to protect wildlife, but some conservationists say that the holiday weekend festivities may have damaged these areas.

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