Gulf of Mexico
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Energy

Texas. Bridge to Nowhere - Near Brownsville, a trio of proposed liquefied natural gas plants endangers a fragile ecosystem and puts Texans' health at risk.

Where the Texas Gulf Coast meets Mexico, a trio of fossil fuel companies is planning an industrial complex the likes of which Texas’ Rio Grande Valley has never seen.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Alabama. Studying the Sand Cliffs on the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast

A recent scarp that was more than five-feet-tall occurred on a Florida beach in Perdido Key where there are no engineered or renourished beaches.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Texas. Signed Chief’s Report released for Jefferson County Ecosystem Restoration Project

Jefferson County Ecosystem Restoration Project to include the 77,000 acres of freshwater wetlands and approximately 1 mile of rock breakwater to prevent barge / tug wake impact to the restored areas.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Florida: Four Billion Microplastic Particles Discovered in the Waters of Tampa Bay

While collecting water samples and plankton in Tampa Bay, researchers discovered a high concentration of microplastics, which are known to disrupt the marine food chain.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Louisiana: Gov. John Bel Edwards announces $160 million for Barrier Island Restoration Project

Settlement money from the 2010 BP oil spill will finance a $160 million restoration of two barrier islands and a headland off the coast of Terrebonne Parish.

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Tourism

Florida: High Level Of Fecal Matter Found In Water Of Gulf Harbors Beach

A water quality advisory for Gulf Harbors Beach was issued after sampling indicated a high level of fecal matter.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Florida: Pasco County (Tampa Bay) budget digs in to study dredge costs

The county will forfeit federal reimbursement to do the $100,000 study more quickly.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Florida: Mexico Beach creating plans for the future

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Hurricane Michael showed Mexico Beach no mercy as its category five winds devastated the small coastal town.

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Energy

Deepwater Horizon oil buried in Gulf Coast beaches could take more than 30 years to biodegrade

Golf ball-size clods of weathered crude oil originating from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon catastrophe could remain buried in sandy Gulf Coast beaches for decades, according to a new study by ecologists at Florida State University.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Florida: Pasco budget digs in to study dredge costs

The county will forfeit federal reimbursement to do the $100,000 study more quickly.

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Science

Alabama: UAH hyperspectral drone flights test new tool for UGA marsh grass researchers

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) Atmospheric Science Department and UAH’s Rotorcraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center (RSESC) have teamed up to offer University of Georgia scientists a unique drone-gathered data set for their coastal disturbance studies.

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Energy

Is an Offshore Gulf of Mexico Oil & Gas Rebound on the Horizon?

President Trump’s America-First Offshore Energy Strategy hopes to open up the 94 percent of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) that has been off limits to oil and gas leasing and exploration.

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Property

Florida: Fight over Topsail Hill: Preservationists resist more accesses to the state park

Public beach access remains a precious commodity in Walton County. Today, the county is the only place in Florida where beach owners can lay claim to private property rights to the mean high water line. About 64% of the county’s beach lots extend all the way to the Gulf’s wet sand.

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Energy

Texas: Port of Corpus Christi files lawsuit against City of Port Aransas in oil terminal battle

According to the lawsuit, the city is violating Texas law which currently prohibits cities from taking any action to regulate an oil and gas operation.

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Energy

Texas: In Emergency Action, Port Aransas Imposes Moratorium on Harbor Island Industrial Permits in Oil Terminal Battle

The Port Aransas City Council is pumping the brakes on efforts to further industrialize Harbor Island. An emergency ordinance was approved by the council on Thursday, Aug. 29, placing a two-month moratorium on issuing property development permits or approvals for development of any Harbor Island properties for heavy industrial uses.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Shrinking the Gulf Coast dead zone part 1: Downriver

A special two-part report written and photographed by Spike Johnson in partnership with the Pulitzer Center. The second part, to be published next week, will focus on Midwest agriculture.

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Property

On the Alabama Coast, the Unluckiest Island in America

Dauphin Island has been battered by more than a dozen hurricanes and tropical storms in recent decades. But that hasn’t stopped homeowners on the beach resort from repeatedly getting federal aid and insurance payouts to keep rebuilding in the same vulnerable locations.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Freeport LNG ships first commissioning cargo

Freeport LNG has shipped the first LNG commissioning cargo for Train 1 from its liquefaction facility located on Quintana Island in Freeport, Texas.

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Energy

Eight-Year Study Quantifies How Oiling is a Continuing Stressor on the Marsh Ecosystem

The authors published their findings in Environmental Pollution: Oiling of the continental shelf and coastal marshes over eight years after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Without river sediment, Gulf of Mexico creeps closer to Houma

Since 1932, Morgan City, situated about 35 miles to the west of Houma, has yet to see any encroachment by the Gulf.

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Recreation

Reflections on Texas, the outdoors and 40 years of writing and photography (with podcast interview)

September’s arrival marks a time of transition for Texas’ natural world and those whose hearts and actions are tied to the rhythms of land, water, sky and the life in, on and over it.

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Local

Houston kids still traumatized by Hurricane Harvey

“Harvey was the thing that changed everything,” said Clements. “Without any warning or preparation all my daughter knew was gone — her home, her toys, her bunny rabbit. It was too much.”

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

CCA Texas Voices Opposition to Port of Corpus Christi’s Channel Deepening Project (SWG-2019-00067)

Citing concerns for the region’s aquatic resources, Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Texas is opposed to the Port of Corpus Christi’s proposed Channel Deepening Project (CDP), permit application number SWG-2019-00067. The full public notice, proposed plans and alternative analysis can be found HERE.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Louisiana: The Water Institute of the Gulf has an identity crisis

The close-knit community of coastal scientists was stunned earlier this summer when the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District announced he had indicted renowned coastal hydrologist Ehab Meselhe, along with a junior associate, for allegedly stealing intellectual property—coastal modeling software—from The Water Institute of the Gulf.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Louisiana: $65M secured to construct Bayou Lafourche pump station

State and local agencies signed an agreement on Wednesday that will finance the construction of a $65 million pump station at the head of Bayou Lafourche, improving its water quality and addressing saltwater intrusion at its base.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Report: Galveston Bay Shows Resiliency, But Some Worrisome Factors

The annual research by the Galveston Bay Foundation and the Houston Advanced Research Center notes the loss of wetlands, a decline in water quality and sea level rise as areas of concern.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Report: Galveston Needs to Improve Access to Public Beaches

A Southeast Texas city must provide better public beach access, more parking and new dune protection standards, according to a committee appointed by the city council to review management of the popular coastline.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

NOAA: Innovative Monitoring Activities Will Improve Understanding of Stressors on Gulf Whales and Dolphins

The Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group approved new monitoring and adaptive management activities to help better understand environmental conditions that impact marine mammals injured by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The species include pantropical spotted and other oceanic dolphins, and sperm whales.

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Property

Texas: Environmentalists Create Nonprofit Texas Coastal Exchange

Herff Cornelius and his family have ranched in the Texas Gulf Coast for five generations, four in Matagorda County, but he is struggling to keep the tradition going.

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Property

Texas: Local leaders reflect on two years of recovery after Hurricane Harvey

After dealing with the devastation and heartbreak associated with Hurricane Harvey, Aransas County residents are moving forward as we hit the second anniversary of the storm.

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Property

Texas: Two years after Harvey, a more resilient Houston

Two years ago this week, Hurricane Harvey brought death, destruction and displacement to Houston. Despite Harvey, or because of it, Houston’s commitment to recovery and resiliency is stronger than ever.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Galveston shoring up beaches with help of $13.3 million in FEMA grants

AUSTIN, Texas — Galveston has begun replacing hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of sand that were eroded from its beaches during Hurricane Harvey, working to make the city safer from future storms and bolster its tourism industry.

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Energy

US Gulf of Mexico Oil & Gas Lease Sale Draws $159.4 million for 835,006 acres

A U.S. Gulf of Mexico lease sale held Wednesday morning yielded almost $159.4 million in high bids for 151 tracts, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) reported. The auction offered 77.9 million acres (31.5 million hectares), of which 835,006 acres received bids, according to preliminary data from the BOEM. Of the 151 tracts that received bids, 117 were in water more than 800 meters (2,625 ft) deep.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Florida’s oysters in Apalachicola, Cedar Key face climate threats to survival | Special Report

ORLANDO, Fla. — Climate change isn’t a primary suspect in the stunning extermination of Apalachicola Bay oysters, a calamity pegged to a variety of atrocities.

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Property

Alabama - Mobile County to buy bayfront property with state GOMESA grant

The Mobile County Commission has moved to accept a $4.4 million state grant that will fund the purchase of about 165 acres on the western shore of Mobile Bay.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

Report shows Florida farms are doing more to avoid Everglades damage

The annual report by the South Florida Water Management District found that farmers in western Palm Beach County have cut the amount of harmful nutrients leaking into the Everglades by twice that’s required by law.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

South Texas: Additional $2M grant for Raymondville Drain

The Texas Water Development Board awarded an additional $2 million for the construction of the Raymondville Drain, a regional flood control project more than 32 years in the making.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Alabama - What is the Coastal Back Bay Blueway?

From Cypress swamps to fresh water lakes, paddling along the Alabama Gulf Coast is quite the adventure. The Coastal Alabama Back Bay Blueway offers four distinct trails with 21 launch sites that take paddlers around the waterways surrounding Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan. Whether by canoe, kayak or paddleboard, the Coastal Alabama Back Bay Blueway offers plenty of variety for your next paddling adventure.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Florida - St. Joseph Peninsula Beach project hits another snag

One would be hard pressed to find a local effort as snake-bit as the beach restoration of St. Joseph Peninsula.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Galveston Bay education pavilion to be dedicated Saturday

The Galveston Bay Foundation has seen the first structure go up on 30 acres of bayfront land in Kemah it acquired in 2016.

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Engineering

Our opinion: For Louisiana's coast, more uncertainty, little time

A new study raises questions about whether one of the most highly touted weapons against coastal erosion will do more harm than good.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

$2.7 Million Awarded for Marine Debris Removal and Research

“Marine debris removal and research efforts have both immediate and long-term benefits for local communities, regional interests, and the American Blue Economy,” said retired Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., assistant secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and deputy NOAA administrator. “

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

GOMESA: Senators introduce federal offshore revenue reform bill to increase funds to Gulf coast states

US Sen. Bill Cassidy, chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s Energy Subcommittee, and ENR Committee Chair, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, introduced legislation on Aug. 2 that aims to reform federal offshore revenue-sharing for Gulf Coast states.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Poll: Coastal restoration is a priority for state’ voters

With election season ramping up, a new poll shows Louisiana voters believe officials need to prioritize coastal land loss.

Southeast
Tourism

Tourism, Florida's Top Industry, Pays Lowest Wages in America, Study Shows

Workers in the hospitality and leisure industries are paid the lowest average wages compared to any other industry in the nation.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Texas bans large vessels from Houston Ship Channel, appoints new traffic cop

On September 1, 2019, any vessel larger than 1,100 feet will no longer have open access to the Houston Ship Channel (HSC) absent approval by the newly authorized and independent Board of Pilot Commissioners for Harris County Ports (Board), in accordance with two Texas bills signed into law this summer by Governor Greg Abbott.

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Energy

NextDecade delays Rio Grande LNG FID

US LNG export project developer NextDecade Corporation has pushed its expected final investment decision on its Rio Grande LNG project in Brownsville, Texas, to the fourth quarter of the year.

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Waterways

Flooded Mississippi a threat as hurricane season heats up

The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is still running far higher than normal, menacing New Orleans in multiple ways just as the hurricane season intensifies.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Alabama adds two more red snapper fishing days

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced Tuesday that they have added two additional days of red snapper fishing for private anglers.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Florida: Sea-Level Rise Resiliency Committee continues to gather input for Captiva panel

As coastal communities throughout Florida are trying to identify and address the impacts of climate change, particularly in relation to rising sea levels, an island group is working to do the same.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Adding 3 miles of breakwaters at Louisiana wildlife refuge

Louisiana is adding three miles of breakwaters to protect a state wildlife refuge where the shoreline is rapidly eroding and the bottom is extremely soft.

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Tourism

Florida: Accountability hot topic at NOAA fishing workshop

In an effort to increase the information flow between scientists and the fishermen, members of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sat down with about a dozen folks at the Destin Community Center to hash out a few ideas during a recent workshop.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Texas: Change in state policy causes delay to South Padre Island 2nd Causeway Project

WESLACO, Rio Grande Valley, Texas – A second causeway for South Padre Island (SPI) and a new corridor from Harlingen to SPI are being delayed due to a change in state transportation policy.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Abandoned ex-well site in Galveston becoming nature preserve

In 1978, an oil company called Aminoil drilled a 7,500-foot-deep well in the heart of a 207-acre tract of coastal prairie in Galveston, tucked between Stewart Road and the West Bay.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Opinion: Public Policy Via Lawsuits Delivers Zero Dollars For Louisiana Coastal Restoration

Of all the various tactics used by oil and gas industry opponents to block its activities, one of the most noteworthy has been the incessant, decades-long stream of class-action lawsuits in Louisiana. Unfortunately, that cottage industry has been successful in depressing the state’s oil and gas sector and in enriching plaintiffs' firms while failing miserably in its’ stated objective of raising funds to help with the pressing problem of the ongoing loss of lands and wetlands throughout the Mississippi River delta region.

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Energy

Environmental groups sue to stall latest Gulf of Mexico oil lease sale

Environmental groups have filed a new complaint against the federal government in an attempt to stall the sale of offshore Gulf of Mexico oil and gas leases, arguing that coastal residents haven't had their say as required by environmental law, especially since the Trump administration began rolling back regulations that were put in place after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Replenishing redfish after red tide

Hundreds of thousands of fish turned up dead on the shores of southwest Florida last year due to red tide, affecting area businesses, tourism and more.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LONGBOAT KEY, FL. Longboat closer to moving forward on north end groin projects

The town received a notice of intent to issue permits from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in July.

Southeast
Federal

Florida Delegation on Capitol Hill Champions Coral Reef Conservation

Members of the Florida congressional delegation are working together to push for updating and reauthorizing the “Coral Reef Conservation Act” which expired 15 years ago.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Political Temperature: Mississippi governor candidates are quiet on climate change as other Southern states take action

In Mississippi and around the Southeast, climate change already is causing more extreme rain events and sea level rise, federal scientists say.

Southeast
Science

DeSantis announces red tide task force in Englewood

Florida Governor DeSantis announces in Englewood that the new Red Tide Task Force will complement the Blue Green Algae Task Force and the Florida Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative, which is the partnership between the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute within FWC and Mote Marine Laboratory.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

University of Texas Secures $5M Grant to Repair UT Marine Science Institute

Funds will be used to fix large laboratory building on the UT Marine Science Institute campus in Port Aransas ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Where there’s smoke, there’s seaweed?

A University of Miami study released last week found that smoke from African fires burning wild or to clear land has more usable phosphorus in it than Saharan dust — long thought a potential culprit in over-nourishing far away marine ecosystems and South American flora.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Large group vacation homes latest housing trend in Panama City Beach

Multi-million-dollar deluxe beachfront houses designed for large groups of vacationers are the latest housing trend in Panama City Beach.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Report: Two workers killed aboard Shell’s Auger platform in Gulf of Mexico

Two offshore workers have reportedly been killed in an incident aboard Shell’s Auger platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

U.S. House approves more money for red tide research, mitigation

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved the first federally funded economic impact study of toxic algae blooms since 2006 and a proposal to increase funding for research into ways to mitigate or stop red tide outbreaks by $2 million to $12 million.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Louisiana Delta: Gov. Edwards signs bill for I-10/415 connector route

House Bill 578, sponsored by state Rep. Tanner Magee, R-Houma, appropriates $700 million from the BP oil spill settlement to the connector project at La. 415, along with six other infrastructure bills statewide.

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Fisheries

New Orleans: Katrina, BP, 2019 Mississippi River -- Oyster Industry Braces For Another Major Disaster

The commercial fishing industry on the gulf coast has seen two major disasters in the last 15 years: Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. Now, some fear we’re on the cusp of a third. The culprit: historic flooding from the Mississippi River.

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Tourism

July 4th Tourism Craze at Panama City Beach

For many beach-tourism businesses impacted by Hurricane Michael, this July 4th is an important

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Fisheries

Florida: Bill would help educate new generation of fishers

There are times in this politically contentious period that commonsense legislation still manages to move forward through the congressional process. The Young Fishermen’s Development Act looks like it will be one of these bills that will make it to the finish line.

Southeast
Fisheries

Florida's Water Crisis Has Sport Fishing on the Brink of Collapse

Fecal matter, killer algae, too much water, not enough water—Florida's hydrological disaster is killing its legendary inshore fishing

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Climate change is killing our coastal Gulf fisheries

Editor’s note: Jim McClintock, Ph.D., a professor of polar and marine biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is one of 25 nationwide scientists developing a definitive report on the effects of climate change and leads annual educational Climate Change Challenge cruises to Antarctica. This Op-Ed was originally written for Al.com.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Pinellas County Emergency Manager issues challenge to beach leaders regarding hurricanes

She issued them a challenge to do more than just look after themselves in times of storms, but to take the lead in helping their entire community.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

The Lost Nurdles Polluting Texas Beaches

Tiny plastic building blocks are spilled into oceans and waterways before they’re even made into plastic goods. Listen to Jace Tunnel, Texas Nurdle Specialist, on the American Shoreline Podcast. Pod link at the end of the story

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Storm Watch: Odds rise for tropical system to form near Florida in Gulf of Mexico this week, forecasters say

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center are monitoring an area disturbed weather that will move into the warm water of the Gulf of Mexico near Florida later this week. It now has a 50 percent chance of developing into a tropical system, and if it becomes a storm it would be named Tropical Storm Barry.

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Waterways

Army Corps Tours Houston Ship Channel

Witnesses First-Hand Vessel Activity of Nation’s Busiest Waterway

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Tourism

Mississippi Closes All Beaches Due to Toxic Algae Bloom

Algal blooms can have a large impact on the area’s marine life, public health and tourism industry.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Opening The Bonnet Carre Spillway Turns Out To Have Its Costs

That’s been made clear over the past couple of weeks as algal blooms, freshwater intrusion, seafood industry damages and even infestations of alligators have descended upon southeastern Louisiana. The effects of the Bonnet Carre opening have been enough to attract the attention of Louisiana’s congressional delegation.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Panama City Beach advisory remains in place: Bacteria prompts continued warning

An advisory for a portion of Panama City Beach remains in place due elevated levels of bacteria.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

The cost of algae? Mississippi beach closings could have big financial fallout, officials say

GULFPORT, Miss. — Toxic bacteria are keeping swimmers out of the water on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and it will be weeks before financial information shows whether beach closures are hurting the local economy.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

As New Storm Passes, Florida Panhandle Residents Cope With Hurricane Michael Flashbacks

Jul. 11--PANAMA CITY -- The air in the heart of Florida's Panhandle has felt heavy for days, weighed down by Southern humidity and the hazy heat of summer. Familiar thunderstorms, bringing brief downpours, have done little to loosen its grip.

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A new Texas industry: Oyster farming summit held at TAMU - Corpus Christi

When it becomes regulated, Texas oyster farming will be a huge economic boost. "We're talking in terms of thousands of jobs really and millions of dollars of impacts easily."

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Tourism

The Latest: Hurricane Warning Issued for Louisiana

A hurricane warning has been issued for parts of the Louisiana coast ahead of Tropical Storm Barry's arrival.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Bay County TDC helping Mexico Beach with beach renourishment

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Mexico Beach is getting some much-needed assistance with a beach renourishment project thanks to the Bay County Tourist Development Council.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Two property owners escalate Walton customary use debate

WALTON COUNTY — The latest twist in Walton County’s tumultuous customary use battle has some beach property owners threatening to seek legal sanctions against the county’s attorneys for attempting to claim, as public, land that in years past had been specifically declared to be private.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Walton County, Florida Beach Access Battles: Hundreds join hands in support of customary use

On July 1, one year after a state law negated Walton County’s customary use beach ordinance, residents and visitors gathered on local beaches to join hands in support of customary use.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Needed for Charlotte County Beach Nourishment Project: Easements

ENGLEWOOD — Damian Ochab is happy Sarasota County is joining Charlotte County in its effort to nourish the eroded shoreline along Manasota Key.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

United Soybean Board Approves $2 Million to Support Mississippi River Dredging

St. Louis, MO - July 9, 2019 - The United Soybean Board’s commitment to improve market conditions for farmers hits a new bottom — the Mississippi River bottom.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Despite flooding risks in Midwest, riverfront development presses on

“The major cause of record, recent flooding is entirely man-made - the dramatic constriction of our large rivers by oversized levees, flood plain development and structural narrowing for barge traffic,” said Robert Criss, professor emeritus with the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

NASA-NOAA satellite tracking Barry through Louisiana, Arkansas

Barry, now a tropical depression, continues moving slowly north through Arkansas and rainfall and flooding remains a concern. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the south central United States yesterday, July 14 and captured a visible image of then Tropical Storm Barry.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Can the “masters of the flood” help Texas protect its coast from hurricanes?

After centuries of fighting back water in a low-lying nation, the Dutch have become the world leaders in flood control. And their expertise is helping Texas design what would become the nation’s most ambitious — and expensive — coastal barrier.

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