Engineering

Coastwide
Engineering

What the Seas Will Swallow

During his flights between Maine and Florida, MacLean noticed something he hadn’t given much thought to before: thousands of industrial sites and vast amounts of critical infrastructure perched perilously close to the water’s edge, not far above the current high water level.

Northeast
Engineering

New York: Rockaway Beach is Disappearing and Resurgent All at Once

After Superstorm Sandy, New York City’s oceanfront neighborhood got a boost of investment. But that hasn’t stopped the waves from stealing the beach.

Northeast
Engineering

New Jersey: Dredging, beachfill project set for Cape May

Dredging and beachfill operations are set to begin in a portion of Cape May this fall, officials announced.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Adding 3 miles of breakwaters at Louisiana wildlife refuge

Louisiana is adding three miles of breakwaters to protect a state wildlife refuge where the shoreline is rapidly eroding and the bottom is extremely soft.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Texas: Change in state policy causes delay to South Padre Island 2nd Causeway Project

WESLACO, Rio Grande Valley, Texas – A second causeway for South Padre Island (SPI) and a new corridor from Harlingen to SPI are being delayed due to a change in state transportation policy.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

Sand replenishment project at Virginia Beach Oceanfront reaches North End

VIRGINIA BEACH -- For the past week, a robotic-looking all-terrain vehicle has been towering over the beach at 38th Street where the sand meets the ocean. But don't worry, Imperial ground forces have not invaded the city.

International
Engineering

What U.S. Cities Are Learning from Copenhagen’s Evolution

Spanning a busy arterial road that separates the historic center from the harborfront, BLOX (center), designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, the Dutch architecture firm founded by Rem Koolhaas, opened in 2018 as the new home of the Danish Architecture Center. The 89,000-square foot (27,000 sq m) BLOX also features 22 rental apartments, coworking and conference space, a fitness studio, a public playground, and two cafés.

International
Engineering

Holding back the tide

After one of the hottest summers on record, the deluge came down hard. It is this type of switching between extremes that climate change specialises in, and it causes engineers nightmares by bringing unprecedented challenges.

Southeast
Engineering

Construction starts soon for Surfside Beach renourishment

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, announces that construction mobilization will begin tomorrow for the $17.9 million Surfside beach renourishment project, part of the Miami-Dade County Beach Erosion Control and Hurricane Protection Project.

Southeast
Engineering

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC - On track to build up beach, town also needs to build revenue

With the town of Pawleys Island, South Carolina on track to start a beach renourishment project in October, the need to secure future funding to maintain the beach is more important than ever, according to the town administrator.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

Dredging Of Ocean City, Maryland, Inlet To Get Underway

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be dredging the inlet in Ocean City, Maryland.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LONGBOAT KEY, FL. Longboat closer to moving forward on north end groin projects

The town received a notice of intent to issue permits from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in July.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC Ranks 3rd In US In Costs to Protect Coast

North Carolina can expect to have paid a minimum of $34.8 billion for building seawalls to protect coastal communities from rising seas by 2040, according to a recent report from the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development’s Center For Climate Integrity.

West Coast
Engineering

The urbanization of the beach: Two-Thirds of Southern California Beaches Largely Devoid of Biodiversity

Some of Southern California's most iconic and popular beaches have lost most of their biodiversity, according to marine scientists

International
Engineering

Desert sand may hold key to the next Gulf economic miracle

As the single most important vital component in every building and road, to say nothing of its starring role in every pane of window glass and the silicon chips of our phones and computers, the world is using more than 50 billion tonnes of sand every year – and rising.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Louisiana Delta: Gov. Edwards signs bill for I-10/415 connector route

House Bill 578, sponsored by state Rep. Tanner Magee, R-Houma, appropriates $700 million from the BP oil spill settlement to the connector project at La. 415, along with six other infrastructure bills statewide.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

Nags Head Beach Nourishment Project in Full Swing

Hopper dredger Liberty Island has returned to Nags Head and is hard at work nourishing the beach in the vicinity of the submerged pipeline near the Epstein public beach.

Southeast
Engineering

Florida DEP Pledges $1.6M To Help Jax, Other Coastal Communities Prepare For Sea Level Rise

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has announced it will be giving out almost $1.6 million in grant funding to help 24 coastal communities around the state prepare for sea level rise, including Jacksonville.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

Nantucket: Coastal Resiliency

Nantucket is a resilient community. Historically, we have weathered many storms and come back; the great fire of 1846, the end of the whaling industry, and countless hurricanes, a sewer main break.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Storm Watch: Odds rise for tropical system to form near Florida in Gulf of Mexico this week, forecasters say

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center are monitoring an area disturbed weather that will move into the warm water of the Gulf of Mexico near Florida later this week. It now has a 50 percent chance of developing into a tropical system, and if it becomes a storm it would be named Tropical Storm Barry.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Army Corps asks Brunswick beach towns to team up for beach renourishment, dredging study

North Carolina - Oak Island, Caswell Beach, and Holden Beach could join in a collaborative study of beachfront erosion, making use of recently-approved federal funds available in a disaster relief act.

Coastwide
Engineering

Building an Architecture for Climate Change

The Buoyant Ecologies Float Lab evidences the importance of the artistic imagination for developing an architecture adequate to the planet’s climate future.

International
Engineering

Press release: UK Government calls for evidence on floods and coastal erosion

The public, scientists, local authorities and industry are invited to give their views on urgent questions and inform future policies

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Bay County TDC helping Mexico Beach with beach renourishment

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Mexico Beach is getting some much-needed assistance with a beach renourishment project thanks to the Bay County Tourist Development Council.

Southeast
Engineering

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC - Corps cost-benefit study clouds beach project

The Army Corps of Engineers is reviewing the cost-benefit ratio of a Pawleys Island beach renourishment project, raising concern among town officials that the project will be delayed another year.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Needed for Charlotte County Beach Nourishment Project: Easements

ENGLEWOOD — Damian Ochab is happy Sarasota County is joining Charlotte County in its effort to nourish the eroded shoreline along Manasota Key.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

Study: Cities, town should mull buying dredge equipment

ESSEX, MASSACHUSETTS — Should North Shore communities consider buying their own regional dredging equipment or outsource the work to a private company?

Southeast
Engineering

Miami Beach Approves Funding to Start Dredging Clogged Waterways

The $250,000 of funding approved by the city commission will go towards the first phase of the project – planning and design.

International
Engineering

Colombia wants US engineering executive extradited in ‘biggest corruption scandal in history’

A Colombian judge on Friday requested the arrest and extradition of a US engineering executive from Chicago Bridge & Iron for his alleged role in what the prosecution calls the “biggest corruption scandal in history.”

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Despite flooding risks in Midwest, riverfront development presses on

“The major cause of record, recent flooding is entirely man-made - the dramatic constriction of our large rivers by oversized levees, flood plain development and structural narrowing for barge traffic,” said Robert Criss, professor emeritus with the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.

Northeast
Engineering

Coastal communities weigh in on resiliency planning

It’s only a matter of time before New Jersey’s coastal regions have to face the harsh reality that sea levels are rising, according to New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection, which is projecting significant increases only 10 years from now.

Coastwide
Engineering

Tidal Flooding Closing in on Coastal Infrastructure

Coastal cities are rapidly losing freeboard – the space between infrastructure and the ocean — as high-tide flooding is becoming a chronic rather than an infrequent problem.

International
Engineering

Ancient Roman port history unveiled

A team of international researchers led by La Trobe University and the University of Melbourne have, for the first time worldwide, applied marine geology techniques at an ancient harbour archaeological site to uncover ancient harbour technologies of the first centuries AD.

Southeast
Engineering

$4.8 million will restore Indian River County beaches from Indian River Shores through Vero

Indian River County is planning to repair beaches from just north of Tracking Station Park south to the Riomar Golf Course. The section was damaged by hurricanes Matthew and Irma. In this photo, taken Jan. 6, 2017, the county prepared to close Tracking Station Park for dune repairs.

Northeast
Engineering

America is building another big wall. This one will protect New York

By 2025, New York's Staten Island will be fortified by a towering seawall running 5.3 miles along the coast, an engineering feat designed to ward off a growing threat.

Southeast
Engineering

Sunny day flooding increases at Fort Pulaski, adds height to Tybee road project

Tybee Island, Georgia - Sunny day flooding, most evident locally on U.S. 80 near Fort Pulaski, is getting more frequent in coastal communities nationally as sea level rises, according to a report issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday.

Northeast
Engineering

City presents new design for its East Side Coastal Resiliency Project following community feedback

New York City - The city unveiled last week an updated design for its plan to protect an area stretching from the Lower East Side to East 25th Street from flooding. The Department of Design and Construction (DDC) presented on Thursday its preliminary design for the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project (ESCR) to Community Board 3, as Curbed NY reported.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Can the “masters of the flood” help Texas protect its coast from hurricanes?

After centuries of fighting back water in a low-lying nation, the Dutch have become the world leaders in flood control. And their expertise is helping Texas design what would become the nation’s most ambitious — and expensive — coastal barrier.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Hurricane Barry: Lessons From a Disaster That Wasn’t

Hurricane Barry largely spared New Orleans, but it underscored that climate change brings complex impacts and hard choices.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

$97M in RESTORE Act Funding for 5 Gulf Coast States

Counties in five Gulf Coast states affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill can apply for eligible construction and real property acquisition activities under the RESTORE Act.

Southeast
Engineering

Tybee Island renourishment taking shape, mayor says

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WSAV) – The beach on Tybee Island is in line for a historic face-lift.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Orion Group Bags $52M South Texas Gateway Terminal Project

Orion Group Holdings, Inc. (ORN) announced yesterday it has won a contract worth up to $52 million for dredging services in Texas.

Northeast
Engineering

New York City: East Side Resiliency Plan Faces Key Hearing

The de Blasio administration has a plan to shore up the Lower East Side’s defenses against rising seawaters. It will also rebuild the largest park in Lower Manhattan.

International
Engineering

Vast sand scheme to protect Norfolk coast

United Kingdom - Nearly two million cubic metres of sand are being shifted to a stretch of eroding Norfolk coastline in a radical plan to save it from the sea.

Great Lakes
Engineering

Reeling in shoreline protection funding - Making contacts is key, county commissioner says

ST. JOSEPH, MICHIGAN — There are a lot of big fish out there that can help with shoreline erosion protection, Berrien County Commissioner Ezra Scott told St. Joseph residents and others Saturday, at a discussion called by the Below the Bluff Neighborhood Association.

Southeast
Engineering

Beach renourishment news not so good for Pawleys Island, South Carolina

“It’s the federal government, but I do feel like we’ve been led down a primrose path. We’ve done everything we said we were going to do.’

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Millions of Dump Trucks Worth of River Sand Build New Land Along Louisiana Coast

So far in the government’s 2019 fiscal year, engineers estimate the Corps and contractors have dredged 39.5 million cubic yards of material.

Great Lakes
Engineering

How to save Lake Erie’s disappearing shorelines

New research suggests that the rate of erosion will spike in the next 60 years, putting wildlife, property, and people at risk — and experts say we need to act now

International
Engineering

Clarkes Beach in New South Wales stripped by erosion, lack of replenishing sand normally swept around Cape Byron

Australia - A popular beach in Byron Bay on the New South Wales north coast has been washed away by what locals are describing as the worst erosion in at least 30 years.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

North Carolina coastal flooding is worsening with climate change, population growth

A historic 120-year-old data set is allowing researchers to confirm what data modeling systems have been predicting about climate change: Climate change is increasing precipitation events like hurricanes, tropical storms and floods.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

Nags Head beach renourishment playing a little hopscotch after pipe repair

After contractors spent the last few days working near mile post 16 north of Jennette’s Pier, the Nags Head beach renourishment project has jumped back to the mile post 15 area.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

Carteret County, NC: County ready to pursue 2 nourishment projects

Carteret County officials hope to begin a beach nourishment project on Bogue Banks by mid-November for western Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, the far western end of Emerald Isle and a portion of Salter Path left out of the last project completed this spring.

International
Engineering

Pressed for Space, Hong Kong Will Create New Land

The ‘Lantau Tomorrow’ plan would expand small islands for much-needed new housing, but not without risks to the environment.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

CPRA chairman: Congress should act to fund coastal preservation in Louisiana

The restoration and protection of Louisiana’s coast has proudly been a unifying issue for our state. Governors, state legislators, local leaders, and members of our congressional delegation from both parties have come together time and time again to support the implementation of the Coastal Master Plan.

International
Engineering

Sea-level rise poses threat to Jakarta, Semarang, Demak coastal areas

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Rising sea levels and decreasing land surface, driven by global climate change, pose an existential crisis to coastal communities in Jakarta, Semarang, and Demak.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

Post-Florence Recovery: Carteret County ready to pursue second beach nourishment project

EMERALD ISLE, North Carolina — Carteret County officials hope to begin a beach nourishment project on Bogue Banks by mid-November for western Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, the far western end of Emerald Isle and a portion of Salter Path left out of the last project completed this spring.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

ORRIN PILKEY: N.C. is building a coastal bridge to calamity

Pilkey Commentary: Retreat from the shoreline is now the global wave of the future and is already under way.

International
Engineering

Monaco Land Extension Project Reaches Milestone, Caissons Belt Completed

The tax haven has a luxury housing crisis – it doesn’t have enough land for the 2,700 multimillionaires forecast to settle there over the next decade

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

Offshore Sand Sought to Mitigate Erosion at Kahana Bay

A 157-page Environmental Impact Statement Preparation Notice has been filed to address erosion mitigation at Kahana Beach in west Maui.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

What's the plan for the huge sand piles near the ECUA tanks at the Pensacola Beach entrance?

Several bulldozed piles of sand at the entrance to Pensacola Beach could remain in place for up to two years under an agreement between the Santa Rosa Island Authority and the Emerald Coast Utility Authority.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

Sand pumping sprinting towards the finish line off South Nags Head

The Nags Head beach renourishment project reached another milestone over the weekend, as sand pumping operations moved south of Jennette’s Pier off Whalebone Junction.

West Coast
Engineering

A Climate-Resilient Los Angeles Must First Address Its Polluted Past

Can a big city be truly sustainable in the age of climate change? Los Angeles is trying to find out.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Texas might spend up to $20 billion to protect Houston from hurricanes. Rice University says it can do it for a fraction of that.

A government plan to guard the Houston-Galveston region from deadly storm surges isn't expected to become reality for at least 15 years. Rice University says it has a plan that could be completed faster for a fraction of the cost.

Northeast
Engineering

$7.6 Million Contract Awarded for Cape May Beach Replenishment Project

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District has awarded a $7.6 million contract to the Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company of Illinois for beach replenishment in Cape May.

International
Engineering

Old English Dunes: Sand Dunes are Under Thread, but New Funding could Restore them to Health

Sand dunes are an much-loved part of our coastline, but they have been in decline for decades. Now a new project aims to protect the dunes and the rare animals who live in them — with over £4m of funding.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

Nags Head Beach Nourishment Update

Beach nourishment construction has passed Jennette’s Pier and is progressing south near Mile Post 16.5 in the 8000 block of South Old Oregon Inlet Road.

International
Engineering

City of Gold Coast Way Ahead on Ocean Beaches Strategy

The Queensland’s City of Gold Coast multi-million dollar commitment to its beaches has paid off, with new figures from the Ocean Beaches Strategy mid-life review revealing favorable progress in protecting the coastline, the city said in its latest release.

International
Engineering

Indonesia’s leader says sinking Jakarta needs giant sea wall

People walk near a giant sea wall which is used as a barrier to prevent sea water from flowing into land and cause flooding in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, July 27, 2019. Indonesia's President Joko Widodo said in an interview that he wants to see the speedy construction of the giant sea wall to save the low-lying capital of Jakarta from sinking under the sea, giving renewed backing to a long-delayed multi-billion-dollar mega project.

Northeast
Engineering

Flood Plan That Rebuilds NYC's East River Park Draws Dozens To Meeting

The New York City Planning Commission held a hearing on the controversial flood protection plan for Manhattan's east side.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

Is This Coastal County A Model For Addressing Climate Change For The Rest of America?

“We don’t think it’s constructive to get into the causes of sea level rise. But we see flooding issues, and we’re addressing it.”

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Florida Red Tide Task Force Gets Reactivated

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday announced the appointments of 11 researchers to a reinvigorated task force looking into combating red tide. The most recent red tide outbreak was the longest one in memory.

Northeast
Engineering

Delaware: First State officials slam sea wall plan as unrealistic way to repel rising seas

State and local officials are rejecting a new report that says coastal states including Delaware need to spend billions of dollars on thousands of miles of sea walls to defend themselves against projected sea-level rise by 2040.