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The Houston/Galveston Bay Area is home to five major industry clusters including aerospace, specialty chemical, health care, maritime, and recreation and tourism.
Tropical Storm Melissa, slowly rotating off the Atlantic Coast, has pushed water up the Chesapeake Bay, resulting in coastal flooding. Shorelines and roadways were flooded in waterfront communities throughout Maryland.
The British Isles are made up of more than 6,000 islands, but that wasn't enough for some of their Neolithic residents. In northern Scotland, ancient peoples used to pile hundreds of boulders on lake bottoms, riverbeds and estuary floors. Using this technique, they painstakingly built scores of tiny islands, some of which are around 5,500 years old.
TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The Town of Topsail Beach will be starting a channel dredging and beach renourishment project soon. The town awarded the project contract to Weeks Marine in a special meeting on October 4.
On a typical 3-2 vote during the Tuesday, October 1 regular session Town Council meeting, Southern Shores authorized spending $35,000 to contract with DEC Associates, Inc. for financial planning help on a beach nourishment project.
The City of Malibu will hold two workshops to get community feedback for the creation of a Citywide Resiliency Plan on Tuesday, October 29, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Saturday, November 23, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Malibu City Hall.
Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Carlina Rivera announced Thursday the completed report by independent consulting firm Deltares on the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project (ESCR). As 6sqft previously reported, the project was first developed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and is intended to protect 2.2 miles of Manhattan’s East Side, between East 25th Street and Montgomery Street, from flooding and improve access to waterfront space. According to the city, the ESCR project would protect over 110,000 New Yorkers in the area.
There's $4 billion in new flood-prevention funding available from the feds. But neither Houston nor Harris County will be in charge of it.
A storm off the East Coast is causing coastal flooding along the Outer Banks. NC 12, the only highway connecting the barrier islands, was closed temporarily early Friday as waves breached the dunes.
$587 million plan aimed at reducing flood risk as climate warms
The Sanibel City Council recently heard a presentation and received the final report on a coastal resiliency study of the islands, conducted in partnership with Florida Gulf Coast University.
Louisiana is creating a sediment-diversion system in order to reduce inland flooding and erosion.
The Hancock County Board of Supervisors this week launched a new strategy opposing the proposed $800 million Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion, calling it a threat to the Mississippi county’s fisheries resources and recreational and economic development future.
This summer, the UK’s Norfolk coast underwent a transformation that has only been seen once in the world before.
Belgian contractor Besix has been picked to make a small but important change to the coastal geography of Poland by punching a hole through the Vistula Spit in Gdańsk Bay so ships will no longer have to sail through Russian waters to reach the Polish port of Elbląg.
Collier County plans to renourish 2.5 miles of beach
Although it has been more than nine years since oil from BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig hit area beaches, Escambia and Santa Rosa counties are just now starting to see tens of millions of dollars in restitution from the oil giant.
An engineering consulting firm provided new alternatives to a flood management plan for an Oahu canal, officials said.
Flagler County officials have scheduled a workshop and public hearing for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 to discuss the creation of an “erosion control line” along the upcoming Army Corps of Engineers dune restoration project in Flagler Beach.
More beach replenishment and dune building is coming to Cape May County, federal officials announced.
A £19m sandscaping project successfully protected homes and businesses on the north Norfolk coast from a "very real flood risk" during the recent tidal surge, it has been claimed.
A restored Panama City Beach, with its signature parallel sand bars, will pose a continued danger to swimmers from rip currents created when wave action traps water inshore of the underwater ridges, which then breaks free in the form of the powerful outflowing current.
PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (WBTW) – Monday’s king tide washed up five to six inches of saltwater on Pawleys Island causing clogged drains, an erosion of water, collapsing asphalt, and a delay to the town’s beach renourishment.
The author of “The Geography of Risk” argues that reckless development and the specter of more severe storms pose a grave threat to high-risk
Walk down the stone steps along Water Street and the wall of granite blocks holding up the Great Depression Wall built by Works Progress Administration, or WPA, crews back in the day is clearly visible. So are the gaping holes in it.
Santa Barbara County residents love their coastline, from the small-town beaches of Carpinteria to Santa Barbara’s waterfront to camping hotspots like Jalama Beach and dramatic Guadalupe Dunes. But drastic changes are in store in coming decades as temperatures and sea levels rise, bringing massive impacts to local ecology and human systems.
The mayor hinted Tuesday that something big was coming, and on Friday the governor announced Biloxi will get $5.9 million for improvements on the beach in East Biloxi and on the Back Bay.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has unveiled the early phase of a federal project that, if approved, would deepen the Cape Fear River shipping channel by about five feet to an average depth of at least 47 feet.
Florida Times-Union calls for action by City of Jacksonville to address flooding
Back when the Mississippi River flowed wild, its ever-shifting waters acted as a continent-sized earth mover, picking up sand and dirt from the North, depositing it in the Delta region and eventually creating the land that is now south Louisiana.
Public Works and Housing Ministry has officially opened a design contest for the country’s new capital city in the eastern part of Borneo, offering a total prize worth Rp 5 billion (US$353,490) for five winners who can outline the best concept for a “smart, forest city”.
Will our “Spanish Village by the Sea” see the impacts of sea level rise?
JACKSON COUNTY, Mississippi -- Gov. Phil Bryant announced last week nearly $21 million in projects around the state to be funded by Phase II Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) monies.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District awarded a contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company of Oak Brook, Illinois for $32.5 million to complete periodic nourishment of two projects in Cape May County, N.J.
Coastal erosion has seen Stockton Beach gradually lose its coveted patch of sand over the last decade — but a recent storm has closed the beach almost entirely.
In an effort to combat the effects of our climate crisis, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) authored Assembly Bill 65 which was signed into law by Governor Newsom today. AB 65 invests in Green Infrastructure along the California coast in order to combat sea-level rise.
It was the first mention of its kind, and likely not the last. Amidst a township council meeting last week marked by raucous debate over unrelated issues, an Ortley Beach resident noted during a public comment period that some beaches appeared to be getting a bit smaller.
The Port of Houston is going forward on boosting its container capacity with plans to purchase three new ship-to-shore cranes and to study a widening and deepening project for the ship channel.
Flagler County’s ongoing dune restoration project is getting a boost from the Flagler Beach City Commission, a move officials hope will “kick start” an effort to keep money flowing to the multimillion-dollar effort.
The Borough of Avalon has entered into a partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for a hydraulic beach fill to restore north-end beaches.
North Norfolk District Council closed the gates at Mundesley, Bacton and Walcott on Monday morning after a weekend of torrential rain.
Rising seas are pushing the Cape Fear River over its banks and into Battleship Park more and more frequently. But a grant has put the Battleship North Carolina nearly a fourth of the way toward its goal of protecting itself for years to come.
A $5.2 million beach renourishment project is set to begin in Collier County Oct. 1.
Sea level rise and coastal flooding can mean life or death when a major storm hits. With hurricane season underway, coastal flooding is top of mind for many communities.
A North Carolina town’s plan to mitigate chronic shoreline erosion by constructing a terminal groin was properly approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a federal judge ruled.
The sea swell combined with a king tide has eaten the sea wall, protecting the Plimmerton fire station, for the third time in 5 years.
When Hurricane Dorian struck North Carolina's Cape Hatteras region (Dare and Hyde counties) on the evening of Sept. 6 as a Category 1 storm, it caused considerable damage to coastal towns, homes and businesses, along with vital highway and road infrastructure. The storm remained in the area until the next morning before transitioning into an extratropical cyclone and heading out to sea toward Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
Fears have been raised that a planned seawall could ruin the waves at a much-loved surfing spot.
As threats from major storms increase, authorities are proposing surge barriers to protect New York Harbor. Some ecologists are concerned these giant barriers could have serious consequences for the Hudson, now hailed for its much-heralded recovery, and for other area waters.
The billion-dollar plan to bury and rebuild East River Park as part of a new coastal resiliency plan won approval from the City Planning Commission last night.
THE RAPID EROSION TAKING PLACE IN RECENT YEARS OF MALIBU’S BEACHES HAS GARNERED MUCH CONCERN FROM CITIZENS, RESEARCHERS AND PUBLIC OFFICIALS. MALIBU MAGAZINE TAKES A LOOK AT THE CAUSES (IN PART CLIMATE CHANGE), THE OUTLOOK FOR BELOVED BEACHES AND WHAT CAN BE DONE.
Two years ago when Jennifer Cheek and her husband bought their tidy stucco house near the Little River with a rambling backyard - grand even by Miami standards - they thought they’d left behind the threat of devastating sea rise they faced in their Miami Beach neighborhood.
New Jersey, which has waged relentless court battles to build protective sand dunes along its coast, may take the unusual step of trimming some large dunes and using the sand to widen the beach in front of them.
Home to “New York City’s newest island,” Hunter’s Point South is a city-funded park that offers lessons for cities struggling with rising tides.
Carteret County’s next Bogue Banks beach nourishment project appears to be a go, as one of two bids opened Friday afternoon came in under the county’s estimate.
St. Joseph resident asks for shore protections on public land
Every year, Santee Cooper’s dams at Lakes Marion and Moultrie steal beach-loads of silt from the Santee Delta, a 77-year theft that continues to starve miles of riverbanks, marshes and barrier islands far downstream.
Residents and visitors alike are willing to pay for the preservation of Montauk’s ocean beaches, the East Hampton Town Board was told on Tuesday, and both groups are amenable to either a property tax or a lodging tax to finance a wide, healthy beach.
Q and A with Coastal Commission chief: Sea-level is rising now Jack Ainsworth also discusses conflicts with local government.
Climate change is already taking a toll on coastal highways. Some of those roads may eventually be abandoned to the rising seas, a top official warns.
Should the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers drop Lake Okeechobee levels before the rainy season starts so it can avoid releasing water to the Fort Myers area during a summertime algal bloom?
Public input sought on proposed projects for about $360 million in RESTORE funds. You can find all the proposed projects below and links to comment. Written comments, which must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, can be submitted to RComments@tceq.texas.gov.
East Hampton has a ripe opportunity to rebuild Montauk’s beachfront at a discount by piggybacking on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to bolster the beach near the hamlet’s downtown.
Hurricane Dorian stayed 60 to 80 miles off Brevard County's shoreline. But its waves and wind still did extensive damage on Sept. 3 and 4 to Brevard's beaches and dune areas.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY — The County Commission on Tuesday announced it intends to create a special taxing district to pay for beach renourishment projects.
VIRGINIA BEACH — A replenishment project which put millions of dollars’ worth of sand on a portion of the Oceanfront appears to have withstood Hurricane Dorian.
New research finds that man-made river diversions have previously led to land losses.
As a microcosm of the challenges facing coastal cities around the world, New York’s Jamaica Bay pretty much has it all.
Tetra Tech, Inc. (TTEK) announced today that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded the Company a $48 million contract to reduce and prevent the global pollution of marine debris in our oceans. Clean Cities Blue Ocean (CCBO) will serve as USAID's flagship program to target ocean plastics directly at their source in cities and towns.
In May this year, the Environment Agency launched its National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management strategy (National Strategy), warning that the country must prepare for the worst on climate change.
A drone company on Great Abaco, in the Bahamas, was prepared to deliver emergency supplies if the hurricane struck. Dorian had other plans.
Global warming, rising sea levels and rapidly growing cities are placing immense pressure on coastal cities, towns and subsistence communities. The U.S. Population Reference Bureau estimates that almost 6 billion people will be living within 200 kilometres of a coastline by 2025 – close to double the number in 2003. Population growth – along with sea level rise compounded by storm surges and increased rainfall intensity due to climate change – are the key reasons for the increase in coastal flooding and the degradation of our coastal regions and ecosystems today.
Suffolk's coastline is facing an uncertain future - and has some of the "fastest eroding beaches in Europe", according to an expert.
RESIDENTS may have to pay more council tax to get coastal defences built near their homes, under a new strategy.
“There are approximately 54 new inlets cutting through from the Atlantic Ocean to the Core Sound at various points of North Core Banks,” officials said in an advisory Monday.
A recent scarp that was more than five-feet-tall occurred on a Florida beach in Perdido Key where there are no engineered or renourished beaches.
Jefferson County Ecosystem Restoration Project to include the 77,000 acres of freshwater wetlands and approximately 1 mile of rock breakwater to prevent barge / tug wake impact to the restored areas.
EMERALD ISLE — Carteret County’s plan for a major Bogue Banks beach nourishment project to begin in November was bolstered financially Friday when the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced it approved $18 million in reimbursement money for the cost of replacing sand lost during Hurricane Florence last September.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is bringing back his proposal to allow local municipalities to purchase sand from foreign counties to help fight beach erosion.
Settlement money from the 2010 BP oil spill will finance a $160 million restoration of two barrier islands and a headland off the coast of Terrebonne Parish.
Construction of harbours have caused coastal erosion and rough sea in various areas of Kerala, and the state is grappling to deal with it. Some say seawalls and geotubes aren’t the answer.
Picture a washing machine. Now imagine nearly 50 million of them lining the 6.5-mile strip of white sand at Wantagh’s Jones Beach State Park, located just 35 miles east of Manhattan on a barrier island in the Great South Bay claimed by both Nassau and Suffolk counties.
SINGAPORE — When Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong devoted a big part of his National Day Rally speech on Aug 18 to climate change, many listening may have encountered an unfamiliar word — “polders”.
St. Augustine has begun installing what are known as tide check valves. These valves allow stormwater to drain out under low tide conditions, just like the city’s current drainage system, but during high tide these valves prevent ocean water from backing up into the stormwater pipe network.
Days after Dorian veered away from the Florida coast pushing a potential seven-foot storm surge, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released an early look this week at plans to protect areas around Biscayne Bay from hurricanes predicted to grow more severe.
The Founding Fathers' old stomping ground is grappling with storm resiliency.
As much of the East Side community remains strongly opposed to the city’s coastal-resiliency plan, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Councilmember Carlina Rivera this week announced the hiring of an independent consultant to review the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project.
Tasked with finding ways to reduce flood risks and improve community resiliency, the Northern Virginia Coastal Storm Risk Management Study developed out of a two-year study of the North Atlantic Coast that Congress commissioned in 2013 after Hurricane Sandy devastated the eastern seaboard in 2012, directly killing 72 people in the U.S. and producing an estimated $71 billion in damages.
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. was awarded a $7.5 million contract for a beach nourishment project for the Townsends and Cape May inlets, officials said.
VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster joint venture, VSBW, has been appointed as the principal contractor for delivering the Southsea Coastal Scheme worth £100m
Kudos to all – that was the sense of public comments Monday afternoon, Sept. 9 during the regular monthly meeting of Pawleys Island Town Council.