Mid-Atlantic
Mid-Atlantic
Science

USA - Ecosystem stability and Native American oyster harvesting along the Atlantic Coast of the United States

The eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) is an important proxy for examining historical trajectories of coastal ecosystems.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

MD - Heavy rains clobbered water quality, but it wasn't a total washout

From Virginia to New York, residents of the Chesapeake Bay watershed were hit with a deluge of water in mid-July 2018.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

VA - $100M in funding approved for Hampton Roads water improvement projects

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, in partnership with the Virginia Resources Authority, has closed a loan with Hampton Roads Sanitation District to finance $100 million of their Capital Improvement Plan and Sustainable Water Infrastructure for Tomorrow (SWIFT) Program.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Wilmington port project may be fast-tracked by presidential executive order

President Trump‘s order calling for agencies to use emergency powers to speed environmental review and permitting could fast-track Wilmington port project.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

VA - Tide of of Alabama bass could harm native fish in several Southwest Virginia lakes

As if the post-traumatic stressed public doesn’t have enough threats to obsess about and agonize over, we are now informed Virginia’s world-class bass fisheries are under attack.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

NC - State officials consider appeal of BOEM decision to allow seismic survey

RALEIGH — State officials are looking into appealing to a federal court the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s decision to allow seismic surveying off the North Carolina coast.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - NC's Coastal Areas Could Get Economic Boost from Moving Forward Act

NAGS HEAD, N.C. -- Congress is considering a bill that would provide funding to coastal communities for investment in ocean and coastal-habitat restoration.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

MD - Maryland Waterway Improvement Fund Awards $13.5 Million

Projects Funded Statewide for Improved Boating Access, Navigation, and Safety.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

SC - Myrtle Beach reopened to survive the summer. Now, it’s a coronavirus ‘petri dish.’

Cara Ellen Modisett fields the usual battery of questions every time she visits the doctor: Is she feeling well? Did she travel abroad? Has she been in contact with someone known to have the coronavirus?

Mid-Atlantic
Property

NC - North Carolina completes coastal resilience plan

BOGUE BANKS — State officials in early June completed a plan to improve resilience to severe weather and other climate stressors coastal communities have long experienced.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

NC - New maps drop thousands from floodplain

Thousands of addresses in Beaufort County have been removed from the flood plain under new federal flood maps that went into effect earlier this month, but local officials are urging residents to consider their situation carefully before dropping their flood insurance.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - EDITORIAL: Army Corps dollars come at great cost

The Carteret County Beach Commission should resist taking an apparent $44 million windfall from the Army Corps of Engineers as part of a proposed a long term beach nourishment program. It has liabilities that will wash out many of the possible benefits and in the process restrain local control of beach management.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

VA - Lawmaker Expects Virginia Flood Program Will Spur Statewide Mitigation Measures

State Senator Lynwood Lewis discusses preparing for floods in the commonwealth—and how new funding will help

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Renourishment Project Moves to Phase 3

EMERALD ISLE — It’s been about two months since the last Bogue Banks beach renourishment project ended April 29, but Carteret County officials are moving to go out for bids for the third phase of what’s known as the post-Hurricane Florence project.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Project Promotes Resilience Strategies

The Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, or APNEP, is partnering with the state Commission of Indian Affairs, or NCCIA, to support tribal communities in the Albemarle-Pamlico watershed in considering climate resilience during community planning.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

NC - Series investigating how attitudes toward climate science in eastern North Carolina have changed .

NThe C Coastal Review Online is examining how attitudes toward climate science in eastern North Carolina have changed during the past decade. Here is the entire series, "Changing Minds On Climate Science,"to date:

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

NJ - South Jersey to get another piece of state’s offshore wind industry

Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled plans Tuesday for a massive South Jersey wind energy project he said would create thousands of jobs, produce millions in investment and position New Jersey as a leader in the green energy industry.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

VA - Va. Beach Offshore Wind Project Installed

Dominion Energy announced Friday the successful instillation of the first offshore wind farm to be approved by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM, and installed in federal waters.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Federal 50-year beach nourishment plan poses problems

EMERALD ISLE — The Carteret County Beach Commission got a briefing Monday on the pros and cons of proceeding with a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 50-year master plan for Bogue Banks beach nourishment, but made no decision and willconsult with officials in the towns on the island.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

USA - Climate Change Turns the Tide on Waterfront Living

Rising seas and worsening flooding are forcing many communities to plan their retreat from the coasts

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

VA - First offshore wind turbine goes up on federal lease

Dominion Energy and offshore wind developer Ørsted have installed the first two wind turbines on a federal lease, a milestone in what backers hope is a first step toward arrays off Virginia producing up to 2.6 gigawatts of power.

Mid-Atlantic
Local

NJ - Jersey Shore town is in hot water with state over controversial beach construction

In North Wildwood, a bad storm often spells beach destruction — large chunks of sand claimed by the ocean, reshaping the tourist town’s shoreline.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

VA - DLBA Naval Architects Designs SATV for US Offshore Wind Market

Virginia-based DLBA Naval Architects has developed a concept Service Accommodation and Transfer Vessel (SATV) for the US offshore wind market.

Mid-Atlantic
Aquaculture

NC - Hard-Hit Oyster Growers Ineligible For Aid

Oyster sales in North Carolina and other coastal states throughout the country tanked when restaurants halted dine-in service in March as part of the effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NJ - How living shorelines can restore communities damaged by severe weather events

Since Superstorm Sandy devastated communities all over the state, storm resilience and shoreline restoration have become top priorities for shore towns and low-lying areas. But this process is difficult, largely because of limited resources and varying landscape challenges. Municipalities have to weigh parallel goals of repairing damage from past storms and strengthening infrastructure for future disasters, almost always with significant budget restrictions. It is not unheard of for a storm resiliency project to employ more short-term solutions due to financial constraints, even if doing so leads to greater damages and costs down the line. Meanwhile, the most efficient solutions may be untenable because of the physical setting limitations of a given town or city.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

DE - Wind temporarily taken out of Ørsted project’s sails

Ørsted manages the first offshore wind farm in the United States, which includes five turbines about four miles off Block Island, Rhode Island seen here. The same company is looking to develop 12 turbines as a Maryland project, about 19 miles off Bethany Beach. | PHOTO C/O BLOCK ISLAND TIMES

Northeast
Energy

USA - Offshore leaseholders welcome Vineyard study

BOEM's supplement to the environmental impact statement for 800MW wind farm described as both positive and negative

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

NC - Trump administration overrules NC, approves offshore seismic testing for oil and gas deposits

Buffeted by breaking waves and a brisk ocean breeze, the town of Rodanthe balances on a precarious shard of land along the Outer Banks. From here, the eastern-most point in North Carolina, it is less than 45 miles to an expanse of the sea where energy corporations plan to puncture the ocean bed in search of oil and gas.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Southern Shores votes to pursue beach nourishment project

After many months of discussion, the Southern Shores Town Council unanimously decided to pursue a beach nourishment project at their meeting on June 16.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

NC - Report offers dire warning for North Carolina due to climate change

A recent report titled “North Carolina Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan” offered bleak news.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

VA - Why a Norfolk nonprofit is moving to a flood zone

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — As sea level rise has threatened homes and businesses in cities around the country, the philosophy has shifted from fighting the water to either living with it or retreating.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

FL - Rep. Murphy asks NOAA for hurricane season to begin in mid-May

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Orlando wants the federal government to start the hurricane season a couple of weeks earlier.

Mid-Atlantic
Local

VA - As Virginia Beach prepares for sea level rise, officials avoid climate change and punt on carbon emissions

In Virginia Beach, sea level rise is a real and existential threat and the City of Virginia Beach is doing a lot to address it. However, city staff have steered clear of what most experts say is causing the tides to creep higher and higher. By design, they rarely, if ever, utter the words “climate change” — and they specifically avoid attributing any such change directly to humans.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

NC - Objection to Seismic Survey Overridden

North Carolina’s objection to WesternGeco’s proposed Bureau of Ocean Energy Management permit to conduct a geological and geophysical seismic survey for oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf has been overridden.

Coastwide
Waterways

USA - MARAD awards $9.5 million in America’s Marine Highway grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has awarded $9.5 million in America’s Marine Highway Program grants to eight projects.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Kitty Hawk, KDH take steps on nourishment project

Two of the four Dare County municipalities that are expected to partner on a 2022 beach nourishment project have given the green light for the Coastal Protection Engineering of North Carolina, Inc. to move forward with the critical design and permitting steps needed prior bidding and construction of the project.

Mid-Atlantic
Local

NC - Jet-ski company files appeal in federal court, no decisions yet as Wrightsville Beach stays quiet

Last year a federal court judge granted a motion to dismiss filed by the Town of Wrightsville Beach in the lawsuit brought against the town by a jet ski rental company.

Mid-Atlantic
Local

NJ - Reopening Beach towns tell state 'Let us decide'

When it comes to the type of guidance he wants from Gov. Phil Murphy about beach operations in the time of coronavirus, Lavallette Mayor Walter LaCicero is pretty clear: As little as possible.

Mid-Atlantic
Local

NC - Atlantic Beach board to consider budget adoption June 22, Beach Funding at Issue

“I’ve told people that money is earmarked for the beach, our most important resource,” Mr. Johnson said. “We need to maintain this for beach uses. We’ve told citizens we need to build up our (beach fund) reserves, and now we’re taking the majority for regular operating expenses (in the draft budget). It’s literally robbing Peter to pay Paul to take money from those funds for something else.”

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - CRC Allows Larger Sandbags to Protect NC 12

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has been granted permission to use oversized sandbags to expedite construction of its temporary erosion control structure alongside a portion of N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

NC - Room occupancy tax numbers take a dive in April

Room occupancy tax numbers in the Wilmington area sank in April, as expected, because of measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mid-Atlantic
Recreation

DE - Surf Fishing Permit Limit Reached in Delaware

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today it has reached its cap of 17,000 Delaware surf-fishing permits issued for the calendar year. With the cap figure attained, no more surf tag permits will be issued until December.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

MD - Port of Baltimore's New Operations and Leadership

The Port of Baltimore will be continuing its expansion in 2020 under new leadership and with new operations.

Mid-Atlantic
Aquaculture

MD - Garveys are growing on Chesapeake oystermen

The type of water being worked in and gear used by commercial fishermen determines specific features built into workboats. This is evident in Virginia. where Jennings Boatyard in Reedville, Va., launched in April its fourth garvey for the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster cage aquaculture fishery.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

VA - Tekmar Cable Protection Kit Installed Offshore Virginia

Tekmar Energy’s TekLink cable protection systems have been installed on the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project (CVOW), the UK-based company said.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

VA - Bringing Coastal Resilience Innovation to Hampton Roads

On April 13, in the middle of a pandemic, a storm with wind gusts up to 75 mph ravaged the Hampton Roads coastal region of Virginia. From downed trees to lost power, damage abounded. As sea levels rise, storm surges are slated to get worse.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

MD - Maryland’s wild oyster harvest doubles from last year

Despite having fewer days to work, Maryland watermen harvested nearly twice as many wild oysters last season as they did the previous year, state officials report. Even so, a new study finds the state’s population of bivalves is in much better shape now than it was two years ago, with abundance up and overfishing down.

Mid-Atlantic
Local

DE - Bill seeks to strengthen state wetlands protections

State Senator Stephanie Hansen (D-Middletown) wetlands protections bill would amend Delaware’s Wetlands Act mirroring rules found in the Clean Water Act of 1972 and Obama-era regulations in the 2015 Clean Water Rule.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NJ - Jersey Shore town illegally destroyed dunes for major beachfront developments, state says

One Jersey Shore town’s work on a boardwalk entertainment complex and other beachfront improvements is a threat to public safety and breaks environmental rules, the state announced on Saturday.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

DE - SPI Pharma seeks renewal of bay, canal discharge permit

SPI Pharma has applied for reissuance of a permit that allows the Lewes-based production facility to discharge treated process wastewater into the Delaware Bay and stormwater in the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal.

Coastwide
Property

USA - Hurricane Season Collides With Pandemic As Communities Plan For Dual Emergencies

Robin Rokobauer doesn't like to chance it. When there's a hurricane, she almost always evacuates.

Northeast
Recreation

DE - Herring Point, beaches at Cape Henlopen State Park closed to surfing, swimming due to possible shark bite

DNREC officials have closed Herring Point to surfing and swimming Thursday afternoon until further notice following a biting incident reported just before 1 p.m. Beach goers are also restricted to knee-deep waters around the Cape Henlopen bathhouse.

Mid-Atlantic
Recreation

NC - High risk of rip currents in effect for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands

A high risk of rip currents is in effect for beaches south of Cape Hatteras, while a moderate threat of rip currents is forecasted for northern Hatteras Island beaches, per a Wednesday morning update from the National Weather Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City office.

Southeast
Federal

Lessening water quality problems caused by hurricane-related flooding

June 1 is the start of hurricane season in the Atlantic, and with 2020 predicted to be particularly active, residents in coastal regions are keeping watchful eyes on the weather. Flooding is often the most damaging effect of tropical storms, and it can disproportionately affect vulnerable people and ecosystems. Now, in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology, researchers study water quality impacts of two recent hurricanes in North Carolina and suggest interventions to protect susceptible areas.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

NC - How attitudes toward climate science in eastern North Carolina have changed during the past decade.

With the Atlantic hurricane season set to begin June 1, NC Coastal Review Online is examining how attitudes toward climate science in eastern North Carolina have changed during the past decade.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

MD - Watermen, Chesapeake Bay Foundation unite in fight for clean water

Earlier this month, the Maryland Watermen’s Association signed onto a notice of intent with Chesapeake Bay Foundation to potentially file a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to do what is required under the Clean Water Act and Chesapeake Bay Agreement.

Coastwide
Science

DE - Team works to characterize ocean acidification throughout coastal North America

Scientists gather around a conductivity, temperature, depth (CTD) rosette, a machine used during the West Coast Ocean Acidification Cruise, to collect samples that measure concentrations of oxygen, pH, and carbon, salinity, chlorophyll and nutrients. Credit: University of Delaware

Southeast
Federal

FL - Hurricane Season Collides With Pandemic As Communities Plan For Dual Emergencies

Robin Rokobauer doesn't like to chance it. When there's a hurricane, she almost always evacuates.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

NC - ‘No other roads like it’: N.C. 12 is in a class by itself

As hurricane season begins, N.C. 12 might be the most vulnerable road in the state. And one of the most crucial to a local economy.

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