It’s deep into the summer and a massive hurricane looms off the Florida coast, threatening enormous destruction and widespread power blackouts. In normal times, in such a scenario, the orders would come down for millions of coastal residents: Evacuate.
Because of increasing rates of sea level rise fueled by global warming, the remaining 5,800 square miles of Louisiana's coastal wetlands in the Mississippi River delta will disappear. The only question is how quickly it will happen, says a new peer-reviewed study published Friday in Science Advances.
A Florida State University researcher has used new detection methods to identify 85 previously unknown submarine landslides that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico between 2008 and 2015, leading to questions about the stability of oil rigs and other structures, such as pipelines built in the region.
If we want to keep eating oysters, we need to ensure the populations can thrive.
One area project that has not been slowed or stalled by coronavirus, is the plan to rebuild Lido Beach.
A University of Miami interdisciplinary team is seeking permits from the State of Florida and US Army Corps of Engineers to deploy three “hybrid” structures in waters off Miami Beach to gather evidence on how best to protect the shoreline from damaging wave energy.
Earlier this week, Tropical Storm Arthur skirted North Carolina’s coast before veering into the Atlantic. While damage was minimal, this marked the sixth straight year that a named storm developed in the Atlantic before the official start of hurricane season on June 1.
A bill working its way through the Louisiana legislature would hand more control of coastal issues to the state, and potentially nullify a handful of lawsuits against oil and gas companies.
Nursery-bred staghorn corals off the Upper Keys have about a 10% chance of surviving past seven years, according to a newly published scientific paper.
The city of Naples is continuing construction of artificial oyster reefs at the mouth of Rock Creek where it empties into the Gordon River.
As industry begins, operators have a chance to protect environment while meeting consumer demand
Measures among alternatives Corps hopes would maximize protection, minimize future cost
The dredge is back and is expected to finish what it started by the middle of next week.
CCell Renewables and Vicor collaborate to power new coral reef growth Innovative power delivery system accelerates coral reef restoration to save coastlines and protect communities
After approving a consent agenda that included extending the county’s state of emergency for another week, the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to lift the county’s temporary on-beach parking ban at 8 a.m. today, but with several important restrictions.
Even as the price of Texas crude has plummeted, plans are moving forward for a major oil exporting terminal off the coast of Brazoria County. But residents and environmentalists are worried the project would impact public health and wildlife, including endangered sea turtles.
Every Labor Day weekend, St. Mary Parish celebrates two industries at a tourist event with a seemingly improbable title: the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival.
NEW ORLEANS — Every Labor Day weekend, St. Mary Parish celebrates two industries at a tourist event with a seemingly improbable title: the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival.
Destrehan angler, a veteran wade fisherman, shares tactics he uses at Elmer’s Island
With about a week’s worth of work left to do, the dredge broke in early April and had to go to Mobile, Alabama, for repairs.
BATON ROUGE, LA — The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) will host a technical modeling workshop webinar on Tuesday, June 16 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The purpose of the workshop is to provide technical audiences with an in-depth overview of the predictive modeling process and underlying assumptions that will be used for the 2023 Coastal Master Plan.
WASHINGTON - In support of President Donald Trump’s America-First Offshore Energy Strategy, the Department of the Interior (Department) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced a final rule to update air quality regulations for applicable BOEM activities in the Central and Western Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Alaska’s North Slope Borough.
The push from Senator Hewitt’s and the Oyster Task Force’s Concurrent Resolution will give the CPRA a second chance at combining hurricane protection with the rebuilding of the world’s greatest oyster industry in Louisiana.
The Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau, in collaboration with the Englewood Florida Chamber of Commerce, is inspiring outdoor family recreation while providing benefits to local tourism businesses in Charlotte County, through the sale of Englewood Youth Explorers (EYE) On Nature Youth Explorers Club Kid Paks at BestSideYourSide.com.
Wearing a mask on the beach is like wearing a scarlet letter. People look at you with suspicion. They assume you are sick or afraid. Either way, you are the one with the problem.
Some of the healthiest coral reefs in the world are located in the Gulf of Mexico, miles off the coast of Texas and Louisiana. Rising atop vast salt domes, three beautiful reefs – East and West Flower Garden Banks and Stetson Bank – are protected by NOAA’s Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Now, the sanctuary is proposing to expand to protect 14 additional reefs.
Ocean Era of Hawaii plans to install an underwater net pen about 45 miles southwest of Sarasota. The project, called Velella Epsilon, would be capable of raising 20,000 almaco jack, a fish similar to amberjack, each year. Its permits are under review by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Nowhere is the stark contrast between the two governments more clear than on area beaches
Oil and gas companies won the first round Thursday night in a legislative effort to kill lawsuits filed against them by parish governments over the loss of coastal wetlands.
New boundaries proposed for the Flower Gardens National Marine Sanctuary would protect Gulf habitat.
The value of oyster reefs, a habitat that has decreased by 85 percent worldwide in the last two centuries, is not lost on Mississippi’s leadership.
The Everglades Foundation/Trust, never folks to let a good crisis go to waste, is at it again. This time it’s the coronavirus pandemic. Another opportunity to spin a yarn and fleece the daylights out of the anti-sugar crowd.
On the 10-year anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon disaster, “Strategic Bird Monitoring Guidelines for the Northern Gulf of Mexico,” the first comprehensive, Gulf-wide monitoring framework for birds that provides a reference for everyone involved in conserving, protecting, and monitoring birds in the region, has been published.
BILOXI – Danny Ross, an Ocean Springs shrimper, has been on a boat for as long as he could walk. He remembers driving the family vessel as a kid, having to climb onto the dashboard to see over the steering wheel. “Two spokes to the left,” his dad would direct. He remembers, back on land, getting bad grades in art class because he would only draw one thing.
Galveston public beaches will open Friday, May 1 with social distancing recommendations.
Visitors bureaus have plans for how to encourage people to safely return to the area’s beaches, restaurants and cultural landmarks once it’s safe to do so.
Saturday Night Live kinda jumped the gun on attorney Daniel Uhlfelder’s plan to walk Walton County’s beaches dressed as the Grim Reaper.
The National Marine Fisheries Service’s decision to reopen two areas to pelagic longline fishing puts Western Atlantic bluefin tuna at risk and violated four federal laws, according to a lawsuit filed in a Maryland federal court.
With the state of Texas eyeing a return to normal operations, City of Galveston officials have voted on a partial opening of its public beaches.
On a warm, sunny September morning, bait salesman Roscoe Liebig scanned the harbor’s vacant piers and shook his head in disgust. Liebig recalled his usual surroundings: a full parking lot, a line of fishermen hooking their bait, and oysters peeking out in a low tide. That day, all of it was gone.
Corpus Christi has become the largest energy exporter in the United States, but several expansion projects have been delayed or scuttled, threatening jobs and investments.
The Galveston District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers received a signed Chief of Engineers Report (Chief’s Report) for the proposed Houston Ship Channel (HSC) Expansion Project on April 23.
The Galveston Wharves Board of Trustees today will for the first time consider adjusting its budget to reflect the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 crisis.
The first Southwest Florida beaches reopened Monday morning as Charlotte County is letting people back on to Port Charlotte Beach and Englewood Beach.
Ever so slightly, ever so slowly, Lake Okeechobee's water level is creeping lower.
City of Lakeland, Florida, will lease additional office and hangar space to NOAA
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas — People are back out on the sand and in the water as beaches opened across South Padre Island today.
BOEM announces availability of two new studies on renewable energy in the Gulf of Mexico
Visit St. Pete/Clearwater is launching a new campaign to re-attract visitors to the area post-COVID-19.
Santa Rosa County will re-open Navarre Beach in a series of phases beginning May 1, becoming the latest Panhandle county to initiate a gradual re-opening of local beaches as health officials say the curve of COVID-19 cases is beginning to flatten.
A 2,000-pound great white shark called Unama'ki appears to be heading away from the coastal waters of the United States and moving into the open ocean.
Danielle Nelson’s best monitor for the emissions billowing out of the oil refineries and chemical plants surrounding her home: The heaving chest of her 9-year-old asthmatic son.
Nearly 100 million people read People magazine, and for its Earth Day issue, millions of people were reading about Tyndall Air Force Base. The article focuses on Tyndall's rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Michael and how officials are planning to design a climate-resilient base.
On April 20, 2010, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 men and spewing an estimated 134 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over the following 87 days. It was the largest oil spill in U.S. history, and it wreaked incredible harm on the ecosystem, wildlife and communities of the Gulf.
When BP’s oil began soaking the shoreline of Cat Island in Plaquemines Parish weeks after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill, P.J. Hahn knew the island and its inhabitants were in trouble.
Despite billions of dollars in restoration money, some places are probably lost forever
April 21, 2010: Rescue operations begin, along with efforts to fight the fire burning on the rig since an explosion about 10 p.m. the night before. U.S. Coast Guard officials report that helicopters from the Aviation Training Center in Mobile raised at least eight people to safety. “It’s been pretty much continuous operation since the first aircraft departed right at 11 p.m.,” Lt. Jeremy Loeb said.
CNT: BP subsequently determined it would have been cheaper to have complied with the rules and properly secured the well.
ENGLEWOOD — The Sarasota County portion of Manasota Key’s beach renourishment project could wrap up within a week, finishing the project before sea turtle nesting season begins.
On April 7, The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District published a notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Port Corpus Christi’s proposed channel deepening project. To ensure that all of the issues related to this proposed project are addressed, the Corps will conduct public scoping meetings, at which agencies, organizations, and members of the general public present comments or suggestions with regard to the range of actions, alternatives, and potential impacts to be considered in the EIS.
District Court Judge Roger Vinson in Pensacola declined an emergency motion on Monday that would exempt Walton County beachfront property owners from an order closing all the county’s beaches.
When the Deepwater Horizon oil spill released 4 to 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, some early projections estimated that the toll on fisheries could reach US$5-10 billion by 2020. Chemicals in crude oil may affect fish and other marine creatures directly, through their toxicity, or indirectly by harming their food or habitat, and the effects can be immediate or long-term.
Louisiana has lost more than half its brown pelican colonies in the past decade. Using fines from the spill, an important island habitat gets a makeover.