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FL - Beach renourishment project kicks into gear

Ferreira Construction on Tuesday began laying down a temporary road on the north and south beach access points -- at either end of Oceana Key Biscayne apartments -- as well as a temporary path along the beach, which will be used by smaller trucks to move sand.

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - NC Coastal Federation announces statewide stormwater plan

NEWPORT — A Carteret County-based environmental nonprofit has released a statewide plan to address stormwater flooding through nature-based projects and practices.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Fort Myers Beach Council approves plan to expand beach renourishment project

Town Manager Roger Hernstadt will apply for county, state funding to cover work on central, south end of beach

International
Engineering

SGP - Measures to strengthen Singapore's coastal defences to start this year

PUB, Singapore's National Water Agency and JTC will embark on site-specific studies at the coastlines of City-East Coast and Jurong Island this year, said Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu during the Committee of Supply debate on Thursday.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - Hawaii Lawmaker Wants Report On Military Seawall at Ewa Beach

State officials have warned that a proposed seawall to protect the Marines’ Puuloa Range Training Facility would cause massive coastal erosion.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

SC - SC office was supposed to fund flood projects, but Gov. McMaster didn't ask for money

COLUMBIA — S.C. House lawmakers are deciding this week how to pay for a new state office that will tackle the effects of extreme weather.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Charlie Crist Pushes Back on Army Corps Over Pinellas Beach Project

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers following its decision to deny Pinellas County’s request for flexibility in securing easements to renourish local beaches which make up a significant portion of the county’s Shore Protection Project.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach nourishment projects progress simultaneously

EMERALD ISLE — After several delays, the 2-million-cubic-yard Emerald Isle beach nourishment project got underway late Friday afternoon.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

AK - Corps shuts state out of Pebble appeal process

Pebble Limited Partnership can appeal the denial of a primary environmental permit for the company’s large mine proposal but the State of Alaska cannot, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials ruled in separate Feb. 24 decisions.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - USACE: Deep Draft Environmental Assessment released

The Army Corps of Engineers’ Wilmington District has published its final environmental review required for the elimination of the environmental window for dredging the harbors at the state’s two seaports.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Public meeting addresses Avon beach nourishment

On Wednesday evening, Feb. 24, Dare County held an online public meeting about beach nourishment for Avon.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

AK - Spotlight on Cape Lisburne seawall project

Over the last five construction seasons, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District worked on a project to reconstruct a mile-long seawall at the Cape Lisburne site in Alaska.

Caribbean
Engineering

Cuba recovers beaches amid COVID-19 pandemic

The decrease in people in the beach resorts has made it possible to carry out work with large machinery and dumping of sand on beaches of important tourist destinations such as Varadero, declared the director of the Commercial Division of Coastal Engineering of the company Inversiones Gamma S.A., Ernesto Tristá.

Southeast
Engineering

GA - Savannah harbor dredging: USACE discovers unexpected artifacts

During normal operations and maintenance dredging in preparation for continued deepening of the Savannah River, dredgers under contract to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers discovered several historical artifacts that do not appear to be related to the CSS Georgia.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Nassau Gets $71 Million Grant For Reynolds Channel, Western Bays

The money will help the county divert sewage water from the channel to the ocean, which will revitalize the wetlands.

Southeast
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FL - Miami-Dade’s new sea rise strategy: build higher and back away from the water

Miami-Dade’s new strategy for adapting to sea level rise comes down to two main ideas: build up higher and back away from the water.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Big Sur: Highway 1 to reopen at Rat Creek this summer after $11.5 million repair

Emergency repairs on Highway 1 at Rat Creek, where a debris flow washed out a 150-foot section in January forcing the closure of the roadway, will begin Monday with an estimated reopening of the highway along the Big Sur Coast for early summer 2021.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Scramble On For New Hanover Sand Money

More than a month has passed since New Hanover County’s beach towns were shocked to learn their longstanding shoreline maintenance projects did not receive federal funding, leaving them in a scramble to figure out how they may move forward with nourishing the beaches this fall.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Oakland A's new waterfront ballpark takes big step forward with detailed environmental report

A mammoth Environmental Impact Report released by the City of Oakland on Friday details the proposed, privately-financed waterfront stadium project at Howard Terminal on the estuary.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Additional Details and Lots of Questions Arise at Avon Beach Nourishment Public Meeting

Dare County Manager Bobby Outten provided more information on the upcoming details of the Avon Beach Nourishment project, and fielded dozens of questions from property owners, at a virtual public meeting held on Wednesday evening, February 24.

Northeast
Engineering

NJ - NCCOS: Using Dredged Sediments to Enhance Coastal Ecosystems

NCCOS scientists have released the results of a three-year monitoring effort designed to evaluate the success of recent restoration efforts involving the use of dredged sediments to create intertidal habitat at Mordecai Island, New Jersey.

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - Atlantic Beach Council Signs off on Draft Restoration and Resiliency Plan

ATLANTIC BEACH — Town officials have agreed to a draft plan for protecting and restoring water quality and reducing stormwater runoff, and the plan now goes to state officials for approval.

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - Crews Set to Start on Beach Nourishment Project in Emerald Isle Thursday

After numerous delays because of coronavirus pandemic-related issues with the crews of the contractor, the massive Emerald Isle beach nourishment project is scheduled to begin Thursday.

International
Engineering

AUS - Construction Begins on Northern Beaches Sea Wall Despite ‘Vexed’ Funding Issues

Construction of a long-awaited sea wall to protect dozens of homes on Sydney’s northern beaches from major storms has begun, at an average cost of $282,000 per resident.

Southeast
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FL - Council Ready to Buy Additional Sand to Beef up Beach Renourishment - Hears Report on “Essentially Useless” Adaptive Traffic Signals

The Key Biscayne Village Council on Tuesday reaffirmed its commitment to protecting the beach through a nourishment project expected to begin in March.

Northeast
Engineering

NJ - Feds to Urge Barriers, Floodwalls, Elevated Homes to Prevent NJ Back Bay Flooding

Such gradual and insidious flooding caused major damage on the East Coast during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, even though more attention was paid to damage from oceanfront waves pounding on the beachfront

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Resilient Cities Catalyst Launches the California Resilience Partnership -- a New Statewide, Collaborative, Multi-Sector Effort With the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Groundbreaking public-philanthropic partnership will leverage funding from the Hilton Foundation, Alumbra Innovations Foundation, The San Diego Foundation, and Builders Initiative to advance innovative projects tackling CA's complex resilience challenges.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - More of the Same for Spending in the Atchafalaya Basin, Though New Task Force Brings Hope

Little is new in Louisiana's annual plan for addressing the rapid filling-in of the Atchafalaya Swamp.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - Dredging Works Underway at Honolulu Harbor

The Army Corps contractor, Healy Tibbits Builders has begun night dredging operations in the inner Honolulu Harbor.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - California Ocean Protection Council Approves $8 Million in Grants to Improve Resilience to Sea-Level Rise Along the Coast

SACRAMENTO – The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) this week approved 15 grants totaling more than $8 million in Proposition 68 funds for projects that will build coastal resilience in the face of sea-level rise.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Beach Towns Scramble to Find Federal Funds After Beach Nourishment Money Disappears

SOUTHEASTERN NC — Three beach towns are searching for answers after funding for beach nourishment projects disappeared a month ago.

International
Engineering

NZ - Council formulating beach plan

A redesigned seawall, moving an old landfill and creating better beach access are all possibilities for Dunedin’s coast in the next 100 years.

Northeast
Engineering

NJ - Bay Head seeks emergency NJ permit to fix storm-battered dunes

BAY HEAD - As the sea continues to carve into the storm-battered dunes on Bay Head's beach, Mayor Bill Curtis says he hopes an emergency permit to make repairs will soon be approved by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

International
Engineering

NZ - A tale of two beaches: The uneven rebuilds of Sumner and New Brighton

Reporter JONNY EDWARDS examines the rebuilds of two of the Christchurch’s seaside hubs and asks what their futures hold.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

SC - Editorial: Keep Planning for a Wall Around Charleston as City Keeps Searching for Money

Charleston’s peninsula needs a wall. Exactly what it should look like, where it should be placed, how much it costs, how that bill will be paid and how the city will meet its other flooding challenges remain very open questions.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Louisiana Coastal Authority Plans to Spend $887M Next Fiscal Year

The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority expects to spend $887 million next fiscal year if the money is available, according to a draft plan CPRA’s director presented Friday to the board.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - State Approves Honolulu Plan to Add Sand to Ala Moana Beach

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources has approved Honolulu’s application to add sand to a beach at Ala Moana Regional Park.

Northeast
Engineering

NJ - Nor'Easter Left Massive Outfall Pipe Exposed in Point Beach; Mayor Seeking State's Assistance

Though Point Pleasant Beach did not experience the cliff-like escarpment of its beaches like neighboring Bay Head and Ortley Beach, the borough was left far from unscathed in the Feb. 1-3 nor’easter that pummeled the Jersey Shore.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District Mitigates Storm Risk Along Florida's Coastline

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers received disaster funds provided in Public Law 115-123, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The act provides nearly $17.4 billion to the Corps for disaster recovery.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

MS - More Concrete Swales Coming to Ocean Springs Despite Residents Asking to Halt the Project

Front Beach in Ocean Springs will soon see more construction of concrete swales, despite some residents expressing their concern to the Jackson County Board of Supervisors.

International
Engineering

NOR - Norway's $47 Billion Floating Highway Explained

Norway's billion-dollar luxury highway is floating as if it's in a dream.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Avon Beach Nourishment FAQs – What to Know Ahead of the Feb. 24 Public Meeting

Dare County will hold a virtual public meeting to discuss the proposed beach nourishment project for Avon on Wednesday, February 24, at 6:00 p.m.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Breakwaters Aim to Halt Ongoing Erosion at Coastal Refuge

A series of breakwaters to protect a coastal wildlife refuge in southwestern Louisiana incorporated an innovative, lightweight design. Despite extremely poor soils and ongoing erosion that kept changing the shoreline throughout the project, the breakwaters are already showing dramatic results.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

USA - Editorial: Beach Renourishment Projects Show Need for Climate Action

This year, the big beach replenishment project will be along the Outer Banks in North Carolina’s Dare County.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Plan to Protect Miami-Dade Coast From Flooding and Storm Surge Ongoing

The Army Corps of Engineers is working on a project to fortify the Miami-Dade County coast from sea level rise and storm surge.

Great Lakes
Engineering

USA - Can Regulators Save Midwestern Beaches?

Historic water levels across the Great Lakes region present state regulators with significant challenges.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Staten Island Seawall Delayed Over Radiation Cleanup Fight, Years After Sandy

Radiation under a Staten Island park from a 1940s landfill — and a fight over who should clean it up — has again halted progress on the East Shore Seawall, a key climate resiliency project.

International
Engineering

World - More Research Needed on Deep Sea Mining - Experts

Ocean scientists say the importance of providing Pacific governments with accurate data about the potential impacts of deep sea mining cannot be underestimated.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Levee System Would Bolster Southeast Louisiana Storm Protection, but $1.9b Price Tag Raises Concerns

The federal government has proposed building a levee system that could give residents of seven southeast Louisiana parishes the same level of storm flood protection as New Orleans, but local officials are hoping to whittle down the estimated $1.9 billion price tag.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Port of San Diego Gets Approval for Native Oyster ‘Living Shoreline’ Project

The California Coastal Commission has voted unanimously to allow for the Port of San Diego to pilot a native oyster living shoreline adjacent to the Chula Vista Wildlife Refuge in south San Diego Bay.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - $1.9B levee system price tag raises concerns – New Orleans CityBusiness

The federal government has proposed building a levee system that could give residents of seven southeast Louisiana parishes the same level of storm flood protection as New Orleans, but local officials are hoping to whittle down the estimated $1.9 billion price tag.