Engineering

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Army Ends Plan to Dredge Regional Waterways for Oil Tankers

A four-year battle over a plan to dredge 13 miles of waterways to clear San Francisco Bay for larger oil tankers ended Monday, with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers announcing it was scuttling the project.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Racing to Beat the Next Hurricane Season

Work is under way to construct a permanent floodgate on Bayou Chene near Morgan City, La., that will provide backwater flood protection for six parishes in the path of Mississippi and Atchafalaya river overflows that result from high water events.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - State Gets $1.8M Grant to Boost Molokai Forest Protection

Funding will help with fencing and removal of hooved animals as well as creating firebreaks

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

MS - Thousands Comment on Proposed Mississippi Pump Project

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers says thousands of people have sent comments about a proposal for huge pumps to drain floodwaters from parts of the rural Mississippi Delta.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Torrance’s Madrona Marsh Wins Grants for Restoration and Education

Torrance’s Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center will, by March, finally see the overdue restoration of its vernal pools, critically important wetland habitat home to numerous rare plants and animals, including two species of fairy shrimp, at a cost of about $470,000.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Coastal Engineering Fights Climate Change

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The University of North Carolina Wilmington started offering a bachelor's degree in coastal engineering in 2019, which was the first of its kind in the country.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Weeks Marine Gets Ready for the Morehead City Works

Weeks Marine has received a Notice to Proceed (NTP) from the Carteret County officials to begin mobilization of personnel and equipment needed for the Morehead City dredging & concurrent beach nourishment works.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MI - The battle for Lake Michigan: As beaches erode, millions of dollars have been poured into temporary solutions. Can anyone find a long-term fix?

LUDINGTON, MICHIGAN — As the wind whipped across the top of the Big Sable Point lighthouse, one of the most famous and beloved on the Great Lakes, Jim Gallie pointed to the disappearing beach: “It’s been progressively getting worse.”

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Ask the Mayor: Coastal Management Vital to the Island

The town has established a coastal management program to provide long-term storm protection, while also offering recreational benefits.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - Bahia Grande Unit of Laguna Atascosa Handed $5.6 Million Restoration Grant

HARLINGEN — Federal and state officials have announced a major windfall of $5.6 million for restoration of wetlands and protection of bird nesting sites at the Bahia Grande Unit of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Eroding Coast Paves Way for 'Managed Retreat' in California

GLEASON BEACH, Calif. — A few winding turns past Bodega Bay, along foggy bluffs and coastal prairie, relentless waves pound a crumbling stretch of coastline in dire need of saving.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MN - Army Corps of Engineers Issues Enbridge Permit for $2.6B Pipeline Across Northern Minnesota

The permit is last big hurdle for the construction project, which will be one of largest in recent history for Minnesota.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - Congressman Vela: $150K for City of South Padre Island

Texas Congressman, Filemon Vela, has announced that the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have awarded $150,000 to the City of South Padre Island as part of the National Coastal Resilience Fund (NCRF).

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

GA - Judge Says Dam Can't Be Removed if Water Level Will Fall

A federal court says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can’t demolish a dam downriver from Augusta if it doesn’t maintain the current water level.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

AK - Permit Denied for Alaskan Mine Project

The Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for the proposed Pebble Mine project, saying it was “contrary to the public interest.”

International
Engineering

World - The New 'Gold Rush' for Green Lithium

Lithium is crucial for the transition to renewables, but mining it has been environmentally costly. Now a more sustainable source of lithium has been found deep beneath our feet.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - CRC Renews Vegetation Line Exception Rules

The Coastal Resources Commission last week unanimously approved the reauthorization of the static vegetation line exception for Bogue Banks communities for another five years.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - Tunneling Floodwater Under Houston May Be Back on the Table for the Corps

With ample public feedback, the Army Corps of Engineers is now re-evaluating which projects to push forward to reduce flooding along Buffalo Bayou.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Louisiana Approved for $234.6 Million in Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill NRDA Funds for Coastal Restoration Projects

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (LA TIG) has approved $234.6 million in funds resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement for restoration projects that will create and restore wetlands in Plaquemines and Terrebonne Parishes.

Great Lakes
Engineering

IL - Aurora Looks to Approve Mastodon Lake Dredging

The Aurora City Council is set to approve dredging of Mastodon Lake on the East Side that would help drainage and water quality and ease flooding.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Jupiter Inlet Project to Dredge Unprecedented Amount of Sand; Water Depths Called Dangerous

Water levels in August were as low as 3 feet in some parts of the Jupiter Inlet. As much as 110,000 cubic yards of sediment could be dredged.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Pine Knoll Shores Debates FEMA Funding Distribution

PINE KNOLL SHORES — Town commissioners are debating how to divide Federal Emergency Management Agency funding among several potential projects.

West Coast
Engineering

USA - Largest Dam Removal Project in U.S. History Restarts With Interstate Partnership

In a historic move to resurrect the largest dam removal project in the U.S., Oregon, California, the Yurok Tribe and the Karuk Tribe signed an agreement on Tuesday to push forward on dam removal.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

SC - Folly Beach Could Add Beach Dunes but Place Sand Less Often Under Army Corps Plan

FOLLY BEACH — A new plan to battle erosion in this barrier island community would include larger beach renourishment projects than in the past and a newly constructed dune that would sit about 7 feet off the ground.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - Texans Need Ample Time to Study Coastal Barrier Plan

In response to the commentary by Armin Cantini (“Coastal study of storm-surge system deserves support,” The Daily News, Nov. 13): The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office are proposing a multi-billion tax dollar-funded two-mile long gate system across the mouth of Galveston Bay and levees in Galveston and Port Bolivar to “keep storm surge in the Gulf.”

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - State Officials Want Beach Management in Coastal Communities Modeled After Carteret County

BOGUE BANKS — Bogue Banks towns are still exempt from state oceanfront development setback rules, and proposed rules are in the works to encourage other coastal communities to follow their example.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - $1 Million in RESTORE Act Money to Fund Louisiana Coastal Research, Like Carbon Capture

While Louisiana will not receive any additional funds with the release of the second phase of the latest RESTORE Act funding plan, Louisiana is expected to receive $1 million to fund various research and planning initiatives.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

AL - Nearly $26M of Fish and Wildlife Grants Coming to Alabama's Gulf Coast

Governor Kay Ivey announced Thursday that $25,970,000 million worth of projects on Alabama’s coastline have been funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

MD - Maryland to Begin Sediment Dredging and Reuse Project Behind Conowingo Dam

The state of Maryland is kicking off an exploration of the sediment impacted behind Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River and how that clay, silt and sand — mixed with various forms of debris and pollution — might be reused.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Beach Renourishment Nears Completion. It May Have Saved Anna Maria Island From Eta

As Tropical Storm Eta battered Manatee County on its way to landfall at Cedar Key, it may have been a $17.3 million beach renourishment project that protected Anna Maria Island from the total inundation of a storm surge.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

MD - $2.8 Million Public-Private Partnership to Fund Coastal Resilience Work on the Shore

Maryland is ticketed to receive more than $2.8 million in federal funding and associated grant money to prevent coastal flooding in the town of Oxford on the Eastern Shore.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Beach Panel Recommends Rejecting Federal Nourishment Plan

The Carteret County Beach Commission voted unanimously Monday to recommend the county “stay the course” and not opt into a federal nourishment program for Bogue Banks.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Emerald Isle Takes Next Step Toward Developing Stormwater Plan

Commissioners Tuesday night authorized Town Manager Matt Zapp to negotiate a contract with engineering firm Moffatt & Nichol to develop a comprehensive stormwater management plan.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Ocean Isle Beach’s Terminal Groin Lawsuit Will Be Heard by Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Next Month

It’s a lawsuit four years in the making, and one the Town of Ocean Isle Beach hopes is resolved soon so construction of a terminal groin (a type of jetty) can move forward, while conservationists hope that does not happen.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Atlantic Shorefront Projects Will Strengthen Rockaway Peninsula

The project is expected to cost $366 million and will take four years to complete.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Threats and Bogus Claims Delay Saving Flagler's Beach

In another big step in the the plan to rebuild dunes along Flagler’s 18 miles of shore, the county secured a $3.8 million state grant to build the segment that parallels Gamble Rogers State Recreation Area at the south end of Flagler Beach, extending the planned 2.6 miles of dune reconstruction by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the city.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Beach Commission to Consider Participation in Federal Master Plan

The Carteret County Beach Commission is poised to make a major decision Monday — whether to switch from local and state funding to federal funding and management for Bogue Banks beach nourishment projects.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Village Gets a Boost: We Are back in the US Army Corps' Beach Study

Key Biscayne’s long term beach management received a major boost Friday as officials learned the village has been included in the Miami-Dade County Coastal Storm Risk Management feasibility study being developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -- the first step in possible inclusion of a 50-year plan.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - County approves $1.3 million for re-nourishment and maintenance of Fort Myers Beach

The Town of Fort Myers Beach will receive approximately $1.3 million for designing and permitting for beach re-nourishment, erosion monitoring, as well as beach and shoreline maintenance as part of 10 inter-local agreements approved by the Lee County Board of County Commissioners for $3.56 million worth of beach projects and maintenance work throughout the county.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

MS - Several Years Into BP Settlement Spending, the Bulk of Mississippi's Restoration Work Remains Undone

Ten years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the state is slowly pushing billions in settlement dollars towards coastal restoration.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MN - Minnesota Environmental Regulators Approve Permits for $2.6B Enbridge Pipeline

Construction could start in December after the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Department of Natural Resources approved the project; Army Corps of Engineers permit expected.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - Officials Discuss Funding Options for Coastal Barrier

Officials have finalized the feasibility study for a coastal barrier that would protect Galveston Bay and its surrounding communities from hurricanes, and residents have a chance to weigh in on the plan before it goes to the U.S. Congress.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

MD - Ocean City Inlet Dredging Sediment Used as Assateague Erosion Buffer

A dredging project will be going on in the Ocean City inlet throughout November, and it’s a win-win for boat navigation and erosion prevention in the area.

International
Engineering

World - WEF Seeks to Start a Multistakeholder Dialogue on Deep-Sea Mining

A new way to meet the growing demand for minerals critical to electric vehicle, electronics and battery manufacturers could become commercially available within this decade, says the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - North Topsail to Join Sand Project Agreement

North Topsail Beach is moving forward with plans to embark on a joint, 50-year, multi-million-dollar beach renourishment project.

International
Engineering

World - The Oceans Contain Vast Mineral Resources. Can the Deep Sea Be Mined Without Catastrophic Results?

Mining agencies promise to minimize harm to ocean ecosystems. Scientists say we can’t predict its full extent

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - State Officials, Environmentalists Receive Grants for Carteret County Projects

A local environmental group and a state agency have been awarded state grants for restoration projects in Carteret County.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Contractor Chosen to Start $439M South Shore Sewage Project

New York State officials have designated a contractor to start a $439 million project that will divert sewage out of Reynolds Channel and into the ocean by laying miles of pipe under Sunrise Highway.

International
Engineering

Philippines - DENR Sees Dolomite Project Done by Year-End

Despite the odds, an environment official is confident that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and its private contractor for the controversial Manila Bay Beach Nourishment Project can complete the project on time.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Army Corps Reconsidering Permit for $9.4B Plastics Complex

The Army Corps of Engineers is considering whether potential environmental impacts require it to change, suspend or revoke the permit for a $9.4 billion plastics complex planned in Louisiana by a Taiwan company, U.S. Department of Justice lawyers said Wednesday.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

WA - Washington Coastal Zone Management Program Receives National Award

In September, the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association awarded the Lower Columbia Solutions Group the 2020 Robert L. Wiegel Coastal Project of the Year.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Letters: Good News for Dredging Is Good News for Louisiana

These are exciting times for the U.S. dredging industry, as companies respond to growing demand.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Officials Launch Rockaway-Atlantic Shorefront Resiliency Project

Mayor Bill de Blasio and, Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Thursday to announce the start of construction on the Rockaways-Atlantic Shorefront Project, the $336 million initiative to strengthen the shoreline along six miles of the Rockaway Peninsula.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - Corps Names Team on Port Arthur Hurricane Flood Protection Project

An $863 million effort to improve hurricane flood protection and resiliency, including levees and floodwalls, for a 65-square-mile area that includes Port Arthur, Texas, and adjacent communities will move forward under a contract awarded to a joint venture of Freese and Nichols, COWI and CDM Smith (FCC-JV) by the U.S. Corps of Engineers Galveston District and Jefferson County Drainage District No. 7 for some of the work.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

SC - Sand for Beach Replenishment Projects in SC and Southeast Is Becoming Scarcer

The sand needed to rebuild beaches along South Carolina and other parts of the Southeast will become scarcer over the next 50 years and there may be shortages, an analysis done for the Army Corps of Engineers says.

International
Engineering

Resilient shores: Risks and opportunities for Vietnam's coastal development

One of the most destructive storms in Vietnam’s South Central Coast in living memory, Typhoon Damrey, hit Khánh Hòa province with its full force on November 4, 2017.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Facing Deadline to Respond to Criticisms, Corps Asks Court for Time to Rework Formosa Permit

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to temporarily suspend a permit critical for the construction of a $9.4 billion chemical complex proposed in St. James Parish in hopes of addressing criticisms raised by environmental and community groups.

Northeast
Engineering

NJ - Our View: Beach Replenishment Continues in Advance of Climate Resiliency Plan

Summer’s over, the crowds are off the Jersey Shore beaches, and the routine replenishment of sand goes on throughout the state.

International
Engineering

World - Cook Islands Govt Defends Taking Plunge on Deepsea Mining

The Cook Islands prime minister has denied that his country is gambling with ocean health by opening up for deep sea mining exploration.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Sarasota Creates Taxing Solution for Manasota Sand Project

SARASOTA — Anyone who has visited or driven by the beach areas on Manasota Key has seen the results of a beach renourishment project earlier this year by Sarasota and Charlotte counties.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Vilano Beach Project Moving Along Nicely

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC is making nice progress on the St. Johns County’s Coastal Storm Risk Management Project.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Beach Renourishment Holds for Hurricane Zeta

An active hurricane season has led to several delays for beach renourishment.

International
Engineering

AUS - Engineers Give The Wall the 'Thumbs up' After Another Battering by Big Seas

Engineers have given the Prince Street seawall at Cronulla the "thumbs up" after another battering by big seas.

International
Engineering

World - Beaches can survive sea-level rises as long as they have space to move

An international team of coastal scientists has dismissed suggestions that half the world's beaches could become extinct over the course of the 21st century.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

VA - Virginia Launches $3.8 Billion Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Project

Virginia leaders recently gathered to break ground on expansion of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, the largest infrastructure project in the state’s history.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Emerald Isle Beach Nourishment to Start Last Week of January

EMERALD ISLE — The Emerald Isle beach nourishment project is officially set to begin the final week of January.

International
Engineering

PHL - Beach Nourishment Project Is a Work in Progress–DENR

An official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said the P389-million Manila Bay Beach Nourishment Project is still a work-in-progress and will require the contractor to procure and overlay more crushed dolomite.

Great Lakes
Engineering

IL - Back in Business: Illinois River Opens

After being closed on July 1, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Rock Island District, announced on Oct. 29 that lock and dam construction was complete and the Illinois Waterway locks have re-opened to navigation after a series of planned, extended consolidated closures.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

SC - US Army Corps of Engineers Release Storm Risk Management Draft on Folly Beach

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — On Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it released a draft Integrated General Reevaluation Report and Environmental Assessment for the City of Folly Beach and its barrier island.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Eight Years After Sandy Battered the Rockaways, Construction Begins on Six-Mile-Long Resiliency Project

Construction on six-miles of storm surge flood protection along the Queens waterfront began on Thursday. The work is starting eight years after Hurricane Sandy battered waterfront communities in the Rockaways and across New York City.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - SF Estuary Flows Into Restored Marsh for First Time Since 1800s

COLLINSVILLE — The first phase of a highly touted tidal marsh recovery plan was completed this week when a levee was breached and the restored marsh area was reconnected to the San Francisco Bay estuary for the first time since the late 1800s.

International
Engineering

China - Construction on the World's Longest Subsea Road Tunnel Begins

The commencement ceremony for the second Jiaozhou Bay Tunnel project, also the world's longest Subsea road tunnel, was held in Qingdao's West Coast New Area on October 29, bringing together leaders and experts from government, academia, and Qingdao Conson Development (Group) Co., Ltd. (hereinafter "Qingdao Conson Development") to witness its kick-off.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Collier to begin $2 million beach renourishment project near Lowdermilk Park

A Collier County beach renourishment project on Naples shores is set to begin early next month.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - Revised ‘Ike Dike’ Plan Would Cost $26.2B, Include Massive Sea Gates and 43 Miles of Sand Dunes

The Army Corps of Engineers has released the second draft of proposed coastal barrier that would fundamentally alter the southeast Texas coastline, with massive sea gates across the Houston Ship Channel and 43 miles of dunes and renourished beaches spanning Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Lee County Beach and Shoreline Projects Benefit All of Us

The beaches and coastal environment are the primary draw for visitors to Lee County.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

OR - NOAA Boosts Coastal Restoration Jobs

Watershed restoration jobs on the Oregon coast got a big boost this summer and fall as the NOAA Restoration Center awarded Wild Salmon Center (WSC) $824,000 to support habitat restoration projects implemented through the Coast Coho Partnership (CCP).

International
Engineering

World - Beach Nourishment May Safeguard the Future of Beaches

Sandy beaches can survive sea-level rises as long as they have space to move

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Florida Has Plans to Address Coastal Flooding, but They Lack Natural Solutions

Florida is home to pristine beaches, diverse and exotic wildlife, and unparalleled natural landscapes.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - St. Johns River Deepening on Track to Cost $100 Million Less Than Original Estimate

The biggest dredge in the history of the St. Johns River won't dig as deeply into taxpayer pockets as originally expected because the tab is shaping up to be about $100 million less than the original estimate when dredging started in early 2018.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Landmark Ruling Orders Army Corps to Consider Toxic Algae in Lake Releases

In a landmark ruling, a federal judge yesterday ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to consider the hazards of toxic algae when it releases water from Lake Okeechobee. WLRN’s Jenny Staletovich tells us more.

Coastwide
Engineering

USA - Proposed Renewal of Nationwide Permits

On September 15, 2020, the Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) released a notice of proposed rulemaking to modify and reissue its existing Nationwide Permits (“NWPs”) and is accepting public comments through November 16, 2020.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Collier to Begin $2 Million Beach Renourishment Project Near Lowdermilk Park

A Collier County beach renourishment project on Naples shores is set to begin early next month.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Input Sought on Eliminating Dredge Window

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing year-round maintenance hopper dredging and bed leveling for the Wilmington and Morehead City harbors and the Division of Coastal Management is accepting comments on the proposal until Nov. 25.

International
Engineering

PHL - Philippines: Artificial White Sandy Beach Could Spell Eco Disaster

An artificial beach strip in Manila Bay has environmentalists up in arms. Scientists warn its dolomite sand could harm people's health and marine wildlife.

Northeast
Engineering

NJ - Army Corps Awards Beach Work Contract for Cape May

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday awarded a contract for beach replenishment along New Jersey's southern tip.