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Engineering

LA - Livingston Parish wrapped up work on 400 miles of streams after 2016 flood, then Ida hit.

Five years after the 2016 flood devastated much of Livingston Parish, the local government had finally emerged from the mire of red tape and federal funding challenges to finish cleaning 400 miles of waterways across the region.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

FL - No blue-green algae. No red tide. River, coastal conditions looking better this fall

Caloosahatchee River flows are looking good at a time when algae is absent from the entire system, and other health indicators seem promising as the region transitions into the brunt of the dry season.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

LA - Critics cite concerns over oil-and-gas 'credit schemes' said to help environment

The New Orleans-based Pelican Institute highlighted several issues in two legislative bills that would establish a central Coastal Zone Restoration Fund and credit-trading structure in Louisiana.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

TX - Proposed Bluewater Texas Terminal Deepwater Port project up for public comment

Bluewater Texas Terminal, a wholly owned subsidiary of Phillips 66 is proposing the Bluewater SPM Project. The proposed Project would export crude oil from the two single point mooring (SPM) buoys located in federal waters off the coast of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

TX - Rio Grande Valley environmentalists sue Army Corps of Engineers after LNG, pipeline projects receive operating permit

Local environmentalists have sued the Army Corps of Engineers after the agency reissued a permit for a liquified natural gas (LNG) export plant.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

AL - Mobile County uses GOMESA funds to Buy Popular Alabama fishing pier, ending decades of family ownership

Mobile County is financing the $2.1 million purchase through the state’s allocation of federal Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act, or GOMESA, which generates its revenues from offshore oil and gas leases.

Gulf of Mexico
Aquaculture

FL - Florida researcher granted $100000 to boost shellfish aquaculture

A $100,000 grant from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to jumpstart the shellfish aquaculture industry and water quality initiatives has been awarded to Ashley Smyth, an assistant professor of biogeochemistry and soil and water sciences at the University of Florida (UF).

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

LA - Without federal recognition, coastal tribes struggle to access FEMA aid after Ida

According to a June 2020 FEMA policy, state-recognized tribes should be treated as local governments rather than tribal governments, with a nation-to-nation relationship with the federal government. Without federal recognition, many of Louisiana’s coastal tribes are left navigating a complex bureaucracy in a moment of crisis. Tribal leaders said that since Ida — one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the state in recorded history — they have had to bounce among parish, state and federal agencies in attempts to get crucial recovery resources. Coastal Louisiana tribal leaders are calling for that to change.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

TX - Port Freeport announces completion of Reach 3 dredging

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD) has completed the first segment of the Freeport Harbor Channel Improvement Project.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - Beach replenishment project ends, others set to begin

That’s a wrap. The third beach replenishment project at Babe’s Beach, west of 61st Street, is complete and crews are mobilizing off the site. More than 600,000 cubic yards of sand have been placed along the stretch of beach that came into existence just six years ago.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

USA - New Study Shows Importance Of Upper Ocean Temperature Structure To Hurricane Intensity

Texas A&M scientist has found that late season storms to have greater potential for intensifying than early season storms.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

AL - Gulf Shores considers raising bed tax an additional three percent

Gulf Shores considers raising bed tax an additional three percent. Expected $7million per year windfall will be used for roads, schools

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - Editorial: The Ike Dike can’t do it all. Houston should explore Galveston Bay barrier proposal

The Editorial Board strongly supports moving forward with the Galveston Bay barrier study so that critical questions can be answered.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Studies find that river diversions can overcome Louisiana's rapid sinking

Two new studies led by former Tulane University doctoral students show the likely benefits of land building by river diversions, despite these deposits initially causing rapid subsidence in coastal Louisiana.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

LA - Reinsurers to absorb most of Louisiana Citizens $461m Ida loss

Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance, the state-backed insurer of last resort, is expecting to incur $461 million in losses from Hurricane Ida, but says that the vast majority of losses will be absorbed by its reinsurance program.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

FL - Engineer on sea level rise: Longboat Key is ahead of other Florida communities

APTIM Environmental and Infrastructure is planning to complete Longboat Key's sea level rise study by June 2022.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Lovers Key Beach to get $12 Million of renourishment

Lee County Board of County Commissioners approves state funding, will match a portion of funding

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

TX - Port Houston chief say $1.1 billion project underway to deepen, widen ship channel

The $1.1 billion Houston Ship Channel expansion dubbed “Project 11” began in the first half of 2021 in an effort to speed up a deepening and widening project to accommodate bigger ships, Roger Guenther, executive director of Port Houston, said.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

AL - Gulf Shores to discuss hike in lodging tax for vacation rentals

Gulf Shores, AL – (OBA) – The city council will consider raising the lodging tax on vacation rentals in the city by 3 percent taking the total condo, beach house, camping, hotels and individually houses renting short term to 16 percent. Gulf Shores’ will discuss making the city’s portion of the tax 10 percent at a council work session.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

AL - This program to restore Alabama’s coastal environment and economy is expanding

A $7 million restoration project spawned in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill is expanding.

Southeast
Justice

FL - Segregated Sand: Florida's Beaches in the Civil Rights Movement

Vickie Oldham, president of the SAACC, said Sarasota’s history of desegregating Lido beach is one of the most important civil rights stories coming out of the city.

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