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Engineering

FL - Tampa Bay officials release plan for dealing with climate change

Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council released the Regional Resiliency Action Plan in November aimed at strengthening the region against extreme weather events.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

LA - More insurance companies pull out of Louisiana: 'We are in a crisis'

Thousands of folks in the south no longer have home insurance because companies are leaving the area after years of devastating storms.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

TX - Environmentalists push for tougher oil and gas restrictions to protect rare whale in Gulf of Mexico

Environmentalists push for tougher oil and gas restrictions to protect rare whale in Gulf of Mexico Environmental scientists say Rice’s whale, discovered in 2021, faces extinction unless the federal government sets tougher restrictions on oil and gas activities in the gulf.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

FL - New maps greatly reduce boundaries of Pensacola Bay system oyster harvest

As predicted in September, a state rule change due to be implemented Wednesday will drastically reduce the size of the area within the Pensacola Bay System in which oysters can be farmed and harvested.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

MO - Extreme conditions becoming more common along Missouri River

Historically low snowfall in the plains and mountains in the Missouri River Basin, as well as tributary runoff, has contributed to less water in the reservoirs that feed the lower Missouri River. Due to those reduced levels, the Army Corps of Engineers shortened the navigation season on the Missouri River by about a week in 2022.

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Energy

LA - Louisiana Regulators Are Not Keeping Up With LNG Boom, Environmentalists Say

A new report by activists fighting expansion of liquified natural gas exports says residents are getting little protection from dangerous pollutants being emitted in large amounts in southwest Louisiana.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Louisiana's draft coastal master plan update promises billions in hurricane-damage savings

An updated draft of the state’s $50 billion Coastal Master Plan predicts that 61 new projects to build or protect land, a dozen new levees and new efforts to raise, flood or relocate flood-prone homes will reduce annual damage from hurricane storm surges will be at least $11 billion a year by 2073.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - St. Augustine searches for flooding solutions

City officials have approved a three-year study agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to find solutions to coastal storm risks.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

AL - Move over Gulf Shores and Orange Beach? Mobile officials advancing new beach projects

Sugar-white sand beaches. A breeze coming off waterfronts. Families flocking for surf, sun, and fun. For most in coastal Alabama, it sounds like picture-perfect day in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, or Dauphin Island. But it’s also a future coveted along the western shorefront of Mobile Bay where public beaches are non-existent.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

TX - Matagorda Bay trust announces new funding for local projects

Millions of dollars will go toward coastal environment projects and education programs in the Crossroads this year.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - Water Resources Development Act of 2022 Signed into Law – Authorizing the Coastal Texas Program

President Biden signed the Water Resources Development Act of 2022 into law on Dec. 23, 2022, which includes authorization of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Coastal Texas Program.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

FL - County reaps tourist tax bounty in November

Gobble, gobble, gobble. November 2022 tourist tax collections registered a 25.51% increase over the prior year.

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Property

AL - Short-term rental debate continues on Dauphin Island (with news compilation)

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WPMI) — Five months ago, residents stormed the Dauphin Island towns planning commission meeting after a proposal stirred up quite a bit of debate.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Louisiana unveils update to 50-year, $50 billion plan to restore its eroding coastline

Officials in Louisiana unveiled the latest version of the state’s 50-year, $50 billion plan to restore its degraded coast and enhance hurricane protection on Friday afternoon, kicking off what will be a months-long approval process.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - In the marsh's muck at a river diversion, Louisiana’s past and future collide

The willow trees and cutgrass emerging from the muck in this swampy stretch of St. Charles Parish west of the Mississippi River are in some ways Louisiana’s past brought back to life. They could also be its future.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

GOM - Gulf Coast artist turns Deepwater Horizon into striking art

“Sculpting Endless Forms," opening this Saturday at Redbud Gallery, makes striking art from the damage of Deepwater Horizon.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

TX - Flint Hills: Cleanup of Corpus Christi Bay oil spill 'largely complete'

The spill originated from a pipe failure at Flint Hills Resources’ Ingleside crude oil terminal. The company estimates that 335 barrels, or 14,000 gallons, leaked into Corpus Christi and Nueces bays.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

LA - Scientists urge more research before ancient mounds along Louisiana’s coast disappear

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Indian mounds scattered along Louisiana’s Gulf coast could be lost forever to rising sea levels unless they’re included in the state’s coastal restoration plans.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

LA - Our Views: Use the powerful tool of Mississippi River to rebuild wetlands

After the Great Flood of 1927, and the subsequent construction of levee systems for protection of Louisiana from high water, it was recognized that restrictions on water flow affect the dispersal of sediments coming downstream in the Mississippi River.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

GOM - CLEAN POWER Fossil Fuel Industry Plans To Hijack Offshore Wind In Gulf Of Mexico

As the Biden administration gets ready to push offshore wind in the Gulf of Mexico, fossil fuel companies wonder what’s in it for them.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - Despite authorization, coastal spine still a long way from reality

A project to build a massive storm-surge barrier in and around Galveston Bay is still far from a done deal, but the years-long effort took a major step forward Friday when President Joe Biden signed the $860 million National Defense Authorization Act into law.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

FL - Pinellas Health Department has declared a health alert due to the red tide

The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County has announced a Health Alert for Pinellas County Beaches as a result of red tide bloom.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

LA - Tallgrass Announces Series of Initiatives in Southeast Louisiana

CPRA transaction advances coastal restoration, protects cultural sites, and enables $6+ million to be deployed to support community resiliency and development

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