We went from “Cold enough for ya?” to “Windy enough for ya?” Perish the thought of adding “Snowy enough for you yet?” How about “Is this warm weather weird enough for ya?” I’m still banking on some freaky mild spells in December and throughout winter.
BATON ROUGE, LA - Today, the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources passed the Conservation of America’s Shoreline Terrain and Aquatic Life (COASTAL) Act which would increase Louisiana’s share of qualified Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas revenues under the Gulf of Mexico Energy and Security Act (GOMESA) of 2006.
Federal regulators appear poised to make permit decisions on the applications submitted by four liquefied natural gas export terminals in Texas. After more than three years of review, commissioners with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have placed permit decisions for the four projects on the agenda for the agency's Thursday morning meeting.
The toxic algae, stalled offshore from Siesta Beach to Collier County, could begin moving.
WASHINGTON — A U.S. Senate panel has advanced legislation that would give Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states a bigger cut of the offshore oil and gas revenues the federal government receives.
Coastal land loss and its ensuing hurricane risk are an existential threat to Louisiana. Our state is already missing 2,000 square miles of coast and we are on track to lose between 2,250 to 4,000 more square miles in the coming 50 years. Given the crisis at hand, we have no time for partisanship and certainly no time for baseless allegations that threaten the integrity of the coastal program.
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The U.S. government’s oceans and waterways agency will provide $30 million to improve coastal resilience, officials said, aiming to reduce the impacts of worsening storms, flooding and rising seas in nearly half of U.S. states.
Florida is a state of true natural wealth, from our blue-water oceans and extensive coasts to our vast wetlands and unique coral reefs.
AUSTIN — Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO) approved $21,155,575 in Hurricane Harvey funds for Fort Bend County to conduct a buyout program. Fort Bend County was overwhelmed by Hurricane Harvey as heavy rainfall caused flooding of streets and homes, threatening public health, safety, and welfare.
Cameron County has received over $1.5 million in grant money from the Texas General Land Office for several coastal county projects.
Mississippi’s governor has announced more than $53 million in projects to help coastal communities recover from BP’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Money for the 15 projects is coming from civil or criminal penalties resulting from the spill.
Okaloosa County Commission discusses possible rule and fee changes for vendors at the county’s public beaches; county might ban commercial activity on islands in Santa Rosa Sound
Worsening storms are causing worsening damage - but measures to prepare and protect could help, experts say
LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (WWSB) -The Town of Longboat Key is looking at ways to fund their upcoming beach renourishment projects. The projects include the stabilization of the north end of the key along with the construction of the next comprehensive beach wide renourishment in either 2021 or 2022.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant announced a list of 15 restoration projects for 2019 during the annual Mississippi Restoration Summit in Biloxi yesterday.
Starting in the summer of 2017, Colleen Gill's strolls on the beach were often interrupted by the smell of death.
ByDrew Kann, CNN
The City of South Padre Island will not be moving forward with a controversial policy that would ask visitors to pay for parking spaces along Gulf Boulevard.
Projects to improve public access to Mobile Bay in Daphne and Spanish Fort can move forward with the approval of more than $3 million in federal funding.
The last time the Florida building code changed, it required any new construction along the coast to elevate buildings a whole foot. Just three years later, that doesn’t look like enough. There’s a call to go up yet another foot.
Governor Ron DeSantis visited the C-44 Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) site to highlight Everglades restoration and activate the pumps which began the process of filling the man made wetland with water. The C-44 STA will remove harmful nutrients and provide regional water quality benefits. Joined by Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Noah Valenstein, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), conservation groups, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local community leaders, Governor DeSantis celebrated this important Everglades restoration project as water filled the wetland.
A river story with crossover to the coastal universe.
Revenue has increased in Santa Rosa County almost $2 million per year since 2014-2015 from bed tax, with Navarre Beach playing a huge role in growth.
Federal charges were filed on Thursday against a man found to be in possession of Atlantic Green Sea Turtle parts on South Padre Island.
Coastal restoration presents a “massive opportunity” for economic development in Louisiana, but the state is not yet positioned to take full advantage, a government committee heard Wednesday.
A Walton County judge issued a Monday order to clear up an error that appeared to greatly alter a previous customary use ruling.
BOCA CHICA BEACH, Texas (KGBT) — Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño has announced temporary road closures for SpaceX testing.
The program was created last Session to advance local governments’ recovery projects.
Commissioners agree on ballot language of no more than $34.5 million, though final OK pending in December.
Contractors race the clock to finish the project in time
A Walton County judge issued a Monday order to clear up an error that appeared to greatly alter a previous customary use ruling.
Environmentalists gathered Monday at the Florida Capitol to celebrate the fifth anniversary of voters overwhelmingly approving a ballot measure aimed at steering billions of dollars toward land and water preservation.
People around the Intracoastal Waterway in Venice and around some of the beach areas will be seeing a lot more activity, mainly from machines doing dredging.
Families plan to show up to a 9 a.m. commission meeting Tuesday to fight back against the closure of Mickler's Landing.
Coastal Alabama is one of the nation’s rainiest regions, a place where it’s not uncommon for municipal utilities to release eye-popping reports about sewer system overflows pouring into local waterways, then on to bays and beyond.
The fight to protect Florida's Gulf Coast from offshore oil and gas drilling is far from over
They’re barely visible, only 1/8-inch or smaller, so it might not seem like a big deal. But it is. Microplastic particles are floating around in Tampa Bay in alarming numbers. In fact, research scientists from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and Eckerd College estimate that there may be as many as 4 billion of these indestructible particles at the bottom of the Bay.
Louisiana residents should be proud of how determined state and federal officials are in trying to secure more money to protect the already-damaged coastline.
HOUSTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Carlyle Group LP’s decision to abandon a Texas crude export project this month marked the start of a shake out among the nine deep water terminal proposals vying to export U.S. shale, said investors and analysts.
Looks like the money to help get the waste water effluent off Navarre Beach and out of Navarre Sound may be coming from RESTORE Act funds from the BP Oil Spill. If approved, the total will be almost $7 million for Santa Rosa County.
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - Neighbors in St. Johns County who live along the shoreline got to speak with county leaders about a project to rebuild and restore South Ponte Vedra and Vilano beaches.
The critically endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle had an offseason for nesting this year along Texas beaches, with 190 nests recorded in Texas.
Iberia Parish President Larry Richard is asking the public’s help in supporting legislative attempts to secure GOMESA Funds.
BATON ROUGE—When buying a home, people often weigh the quality of the schools, crime rates, cost and property values into their buying equation. Rarely do they think about disaster risk, mostly because there is no easy way to do so.
For years, Louisiana was the only state in the country to have a master plan for dealing with coastal land loss. Now other states, like Texas, are following suit. Louisiana´s motivation is clear: The state loses approximately a football-field’s worth of land every hour. Louisiana´s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority estimates that, left unattended, the loss of the state’s wetlands will worsen the annual cost of flood damage from an average of $2.7 billion to approximately $19.9 billion. Yet in the face of such dire predictions, some see an opportunity for southern Louisiana to position itself as a leader in water management and to reap the economic benefits of not only addressing the state´s issues, but of selling that expertise to others.
The pieces are coming together for the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency jitney trail.
A new report finds that mangroves provide valuable flood risk benefits and play a critical role in protecting coastal communities in Florida.
Some of the most affordable investment beach towns are located in Texas’ Gulf Coast, namely Port Aransas with 18 beachfront miles on Mustang Island, where the average 50-foot Gulf front lot costs less than $1 million.
One proposed method for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere—and reducing the risk of climate change—is to capture carbon from the air or prevent it from getting there in the first place. However, research from Mark Z. Jacobson at Stanford University, published in Energy and Environmental Science, suggests that carbon capture technologies can cause more harm than good.
Imagine this. After discovering your house is infested with termites, the contractor gives you two paths forward: Sell the thing for whatever you can get and begin looking for a new home in a new place. Or begin expensive repairs and treatment that only guarantees a termite-free life for 30 years — but during that time researchers will continue working toward a permanent solution.
A detox therapy used to treat overdoses in humans may help save endangered sea turtles from red tide poisoning. (With American Shoreline Podcast).
Longboat Key town commissioners are moving ahead with plans to seek voter approval of bonds to help pay for the next five years of beach renourishment.
The state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority will lead a delegation of representatives from four gulf coast states to Washington D.C. this week, where they will lobby for a greater share of revenues generated by offshore drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico.
Alabamians love their beaches, but the relationship with tiny mammals that helped make the state’s coastal ecosystems has been somewhat more complicated.
The moment I drove over the causeway — my favorite Florida beaches on the islands of Sanibel and Captiva beckoning — the stench in the air foreshadowed bad news.
A controversial new beach access point on Perdido Key will start moving through the county's development review process, but it remains unclear how much the new access point will cost or when it will open.
ST. GEORGE ISLAND — The glancing blow to Franklin County’s main barrier island has made it the go-to place for vacationers unable to visit the beach towns that bore the brunt of Hurricane Michael.
To its credit, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is open about some of the problems that accompany plans to fortify the upper Texas Gulf Coast with new sand dunes. But with no silver bullet out there, the dunes remain the least-bad option until something better comes along.
An oil company accused of polluting and destroying parts of Louisiana’s quickly-dissolving coastline has agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement, a potential watershed moment that could help the state combat land loss and lead similarly accused energy titans to follow suit.
The United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted Sempra Energy to start the commissioning process of the second liquefaction train at the Cameron LNG plant in Hackberry, Louisiana.
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Two projects planned by the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority will have a multibillion-dollar economic impact on southeast Louisiana, according to a report presented to the CPRA board Wednesday.
Red tide algae showed up in test samples again this week, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's weekly report.
Pirate activity in the Gulf of Mexico is on the rise and so is oil theft from platforms operating in the area, Fox News reports, with losses for Pemex as high as $1 billion annually.
The red lionfish population off the Alabama Gulf Coast is a little smaller now that the second of two spearfishing tournaments finished a two-week run, with the final weigh-in last weekend at Tacky Jack’s in Orange Beach.
Nearly a decade before the “Ike Dike” became accepted jargon for coastal residents of southeast Texas, there were geotubes.