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TX - Guest commentary: Galveston Park Board right to seek decisive ruling on beach ownership

Beach renourishment benefits property owners, tourism, small businesses, the general public and residents. It creates jobs, raises the overall standard of living and protects our barrier island ecosystem. Lastly, it guarantees enjoyment by future generations.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

LA - Fishing for Solutions: The race to protect coastal Louisiana's cultures and way of life

Fishing is in Lance Nacio’s DNA. When his great-grandfather came to the U.S., he settled in a fishing community called Manilla Village and made a living working the waterways around the village.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

GOM - Accelerated marsh erosion following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill confirmed, ameliorated by planting

Multiple studies have examined the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on coastal marsh shoreline erosion. Most studies have concluded that the spill increased shoreline erosion (linear retreat) in oiled marshes by ~ 100–200% for at least 2–3 years. However, two studies have called much of this prior research into question, due to potential study design flaws and confounding factors, primarily tropical cyclone influences and differential wave exposure between oiled (impact) and unoiled (reference) sites.

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Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Guest column: Louisiana's coastal plan is a proven playbook for other states

Communities across our country are enduring the impacts of extreme weather, from hurricanes and flooding along our coasts and watersheds to drought and wildfires in the West. These disasters are disrupting lives and livelihoods, and scientists indicate these impacts will only grow more severe without action.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

AL - Dauphin Island homeowners make their voices heard over potential short-term rental ban

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WPMI) — A tug-of-war continues between full time residents and short-term renters on Dauphin Island.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

TX - World's rarest sea turtle lays eggs on new Galveston beach

The nesting was reportedly made possible through a beach 'renourishment' project that began in 2015.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

LA - Louisiana Insurance Commissioner holds town hall amid ongoing homeowner’s insurance crisis

Commissioner Jim Donelon talked to a packed room at the University of New Orleans on Wednesday evening, saying that another insurer has now pulled out of the state.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

LA - Experts say a taxpayer-funded $198.5M carbon capture project in Louisiana would be questionable

(The Center Square) — Louisiana officials are touting state incentives for a $198.5 million carbon capture project at an Ascension Parish chemical plant, despite evidence and experts suggesting it's a questionable investment.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

MS - First sea turtle nest found on Mississippi beach since 2018

PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. — Beach crews have found the first sea turtle nest on the Mississippi mainland in four years.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

LA - Louisiana coastal restoration needs more than disasters to fund work

Disaster funding – including penalties from Deepwater Horizon and other funding linked to extreme weather events – is fueling critical coastal protection and restoration.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

FL - Shining example: Tampa Bay's water quality is declining after a half-century of gains

After decades of pollution suffocated Tampa Bay and killed half its seagrass and much of its marine life, unprecedented political cooperation and hundreds of science-guided projects brought the estuary back to life. Tampa Bay became a symbol for the success of the Clean Water Act of 1972, but seagrasses and fish have begun to die again.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Tx - Climate change threatens Texas brown pelican habitat

The species has had a troubled history with insecticides. Now climate change and sea level rise are affecting its habitat in Texas.

Southeast
Science

FL - Sailing (Back) into the Eye of the Hurricane

Last summer, Saildrone and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) sent five uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs) “storm chasing” the Atlantic Ocean to improve hurricane forecasting. One of them sailed through the eye of category 4 Hurricane Sam. Battling massive waves and winds over 100 mph, the vehicle not only survived intact but sent back the first-ever live video footage from inside the eye of the storm, marking a new era of hurricane observation.

Energy

TX - Tramontina USA Drives Sustainability Forward - Transitions to 90% Recycled Material in Single-Use Bags

Leading housewares manufacturer continues history of sustainable business commitments with its Voice of the Oceans and Searious Business Partnerships

Southeast
Engineering

South Atlantic - Final Report on South Atlantic Coastal Study signed

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Atlantic Division (SAD) Commander, Brig. Gen. Jason E. Kelly, signed the Final Report of the South Atlantic Coastal Study during a virtual, online ceremony July 25.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Using dredged materials to aid Port Fourchon

A new study from The Water Institute aims to help The Greater Lafourche Port Commission leadership find the best use of dredge material resulting from Port Fourchon dredging and expansion. Results will help improve the resilience of the port, serve long-term needs of local communities, and improve the ecosystem.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

LA - Insurers paid $9.8B to Louisiana victims of Hurricane Ida with $3.3B still to be paid

(The Center Square) — Insurers paid $9.8 billion to Louisiana victims of Hurricane Ida in the last 10 months, representing roughly 65% of the 460,709 claims filed through June 30, according to data released by the Louisiana Department of Insurance this week.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - With one coastal restoration project complete, work continues on larger ones

Louisiana has completed one of its biggest coastal restoration projects yet, and is at work on even bigger ones.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

LA - Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program gets $4.5M for restoration, climate change grants

The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program has been awarded $4.5 million from the bipartisan infrastructure law over five years, or about $900,000 a year, to spend on projects addressing habitat protection or restoration, climate change mitigation, or environmental justice issues.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Big Louisiana coastal restoration projects continue

BELLE CHASSE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has completed one of its biggest coastal restoration projects yet, and is at work on even bigger ones.

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