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LA - After Hurricane Ida, Louisianians Offer Bold Visions for Climate Resilience

Recovery from Hurricane Ida is still underway in southeast Louisiana, where the climate crisis hangs a question mark over the future. People in Louisiana are already preparing for rising seas and intensifying storms, offering models for the rest of us. So, will New Orleans be under water someday? Mike Ludwig speaks to Jessica Dandridge, Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative, to find out.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

FL - Resistance, resilience, and recovery of salt marshes in the Florida Panhandle following Hurricane Michael

Hurricanes and other intense storms impact marshes in a variety of different ways. Storms can be a major source of sediment deposition, which in turn increases marsh elevation and resilience to sea-level rise. Wave action and inundation can also cause significant vegetation loss, edge erosion and other marsh degradation, including pond formation. Understanding how marshes are impacted by major storms is imperative to understanding system-wide coastal resistance and resilience.

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Federal

LA - Federal hurricane prevention for New Orleans that cost billions worked during Ida, senators agree

U.S. senators on Wednesday promoted a federal hurricane system’s performance in New Orleans during Hurricane Ida, but noted that other regions experienced devastation that is likely to worsen as climate change produces more intense and frequent storms.

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Property

LA - Hundreds still without power in Terrebonne and Lafourche 6 weeks after Hurricane Ida

It has been 45 days since Hurricane Ida lashed Terrebonne and Lafourche and Kayin Chaisson still doesn’t have power.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Hurricane Michael damage wins 2021 DesignSafe Dataset Award

“The dataset is important because it captures near immediate perishable evidence of the performance of the built environment after Hurricane Michael,” Kijewski-Correa said. “It broadly assesses building performance over a large expanse of the impacted area and over a wide range of structural typologies.”

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Local

LA - When the Place You Live Becomes Unlivable

After Hurricane Ida, New Orleanians are weighing the emotional, cultural, and financial costs of leaving the place they call home.

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Energy

LA - As Ida-hit Port Fourchon rebuilds, disappearing wetlands threaten its future

PORT FOURCHON, Louisiana, Oct 14 (Reuters) - On Louisiana’s south coast, in a key port servicing the U.S. offshore oil industry, a huge shipyard sits idle and in tatters. Where parts of the nine-bay terminal’s roof once hung, only a tangle of twisted metal beams is now visible while a side of the building is caved in.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

TX - Environmentalists sue GLO, Cameron County over SpaceX test launch beach closures

McALLEN, Texas (Border Report) — A group of South Texas environmentalists sued the Texas General Land Office and Cameron County for allowing the repeated closure of Boca Chica Beach, on the border with Mexico, for SpaceX tests.

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Tourism

MS - Mississippi’s largest tourism board is on the brink of collapse on the Coast

The organization that promotes Mississippi’s biggest tourist destination — the three counties along the Gulf Coast — is on the brink of collapse following a string of leadership resignations, in-fighting over county representation and public name-calling.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - A $5M beach renourishment project: 268,500 tons of sand coming to these Collier County beaches

Collier commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday to spend nearly $5 million to renourish three county beach areas with work set to begin late this month.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

TX - Port approves $95.4M contract for Houston Ship Channel expansion after moving to reduce air emissions

Port commissioners on Tuesday approved a contract with a locally based dredging company to begin work on an extensive, multi-phase project to expand the Houston Ship Channel, delaying the start by three months so the company can bring in a less-polluting dredge and retrofit other equipment to reduce harmful air emissions.

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Property

LA - Hurricane Ida in Louisiana: Caskets, vaults still displaced

Hurricane Ida swept through Louisiana with furious winds that ripped roofs off buildings and storm surge so powerful it moved homes. What it wrought on the living it also wrought on the dead, moving vaults and caskets and adding another layer of trauma for families and communities recovering from the powerful storm.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - In Louisiana, restored nesting island wildly popular with birds

Pelicans, egrets, herons, ibis, terns, and other colonial water birds built about 6,100 nests on Rabbit Island — more than 16 times the number biologists had expected, a news release from the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority said.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

TX - Mills: But for Whitlock we wouldn't have secured $25 million to dredge Port Mansfield ship channel

RAYMONDVILLE, TEXAS – Willacy County Judge Aurelio ‘Keter’ Guerra says deepening Port Mansfield’s ship channel to allow for ocean-going barge traffic can be a “game changer” for his county’s economic fortunes.

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Federal

USA - How Dredging the Mississippi River Could Uncover $461 Million

A complex series of railways, roads, bridges and waterways connects U.S. farmers to the rest of the word, but this system is deteriorating and threatens U.S. agriculture’s leading global position. Luckily some much-needed investments are in process, such as the Mississippi River Ship Channel Dredging Project.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

FL - Bay County Florida sees gains 3 years after Hurricane Michael

BAY COUNTY — For Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey, the days leading up to Oct. 10, 2018, were just like any normal storm preparation — gather names of who is staying, board up windows and lock down loose items around town.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

LA - On Their Ends: Years of flooding and catastrophic storms have Louisiana's seafood industry on the brink

For Scott Maurer, working in the oyster industry in southeast Louisiana lately has just been hit after hit.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

LA - Riding Out Hurricane Ida On The Last Inhabited Barrier Island In Louisiana

People who live on Grand Isle have endured decades of destruction, and they've always rebuilt. This time might be different.

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Property

TX - 'Digital Twins' Of Texas Coastal Communities Could Shed Light On Resiliency Texas A&M University Today

A Texas A&M urban planning professor will head a group to examine virtual models of Galveston Island and other Texas coastal communities in a large-scale study.

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Energy

LA - As Louisianans Flee Hurricanes, Natural Gas Dollars and Jobs Flood In

Roofless homes, floating coffins, and a massive, thriving port—a visit to an American boomtown.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Louisiana: Restored nesting island wildly popular with birds

RABBIT ISLAND, La. (AP) — Restoration of an island in Louisiana’s fragile coastal area is proving wildly popular with the birds it was rebuilt for, their numbers exploding on the recently added land, authorities said Wednesday.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Collier County beach renourishment project to repair damage from Hurricane Irma could cost $29 million

Collier County is implementing a Beach Renourishment Project to repair damage in 2017 from Hurricane Irma, including building surge barriers such as sand dunes.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

FL - Pensacola's waterfront damaged in Hurricane Sally will be repaired by spring, mayor says

More than a year after Hurricane Sally cut a path through Northwest Florida, the city of Pensacola finally has a timeline of when it expects its waterfront areas to be fully repaired.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

TX - Steady demand for coastal real estate despite flood risks

According to a new report from real estate company Redfin, the cost of homes in coastal areas that are more prone to flooding have gone up around 14% this year.

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