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Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - 9 NC Resiliency Projects Receive Millions

Nine projects in coastal North Carolina have been awarded millions in funding to go toward improving community resilience and wildlife habitat.

International
Engineering

SA - Barbara Creecy gives go-ahead to mine on Western Cape beaches

The minister dismissed most of the appeals against last year’s approval of expanded beach mining operations north of the Olifants River

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

AK - Tribal nations demand response to climate relocation (Tribal nations demand response to climate relocation

Five Indigenous communities have asked the U.N. to investigate the United States’ failure to live up to legal obligations.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Bonnet Carre Spillway to open Friday to lower high Mississippi River in New Orleans

In an unprecedented fifth opening in the last five years, the Army Corps of Engineers will open 20 bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway Friday morning to reduce pressure on river levees in the New Orleans area and keep the Mississippi River below its official flood stage of 17 feet.

International
Engineering

UK - Work starts to improve Folkestone district's coastlines defenses

Crucial work has started to reduce the risk of flooding and coastal erosion along Kent's shoreline.

Southeast
Engineering

NC - North Carolina Coastal Federation snags grant for shoreline repairs in Cedar Point

The N.C. Coastal Federation recently received a $2.7 million grant from NOAA/NFWF for large-scale construction of living shorelines includes money for a large project to protect the Highway 24 causeway between Cedar Point and the bridges that lead into Swansboro to the west.

Great Lakes
Engineering

‘We needed this five years ago:' As Great Lakes rise, no money for coastal study

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study that’s expected to examine coastal risk across the entire Great Lakes basin remains stalled for lack of federal funding two years after being authorized by Congress.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MI - High water, erosion cause retaining wall along Manistee Riverwalk to collapse into channel

A cement block retaining wall tumbled into the Manistee channel over the weekend - just days before deconstruction was to begin - damaging part of the Manistee Riverwalk.

Coastwide
Engineering

The Dexterous History of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Besides building emergency hospitals in response to COVID-19, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does so much more.

Great Lakes
Engineering

IN - Flooding Along Lake Michigan's Coast Expected This Spring, Summer

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is projecting even higher water levels on Lake Michigan than last year. That means Indiana lakeshore towns could see more flooding this spring and summer.

Southeast
Engineering

GA - Court of appeals rules in county's favor in beach nourishment zoning dispute

The Georgia Court of Appeals came down on the side of Glynn County in a lawsuit alleging the county had violated its own zoning ordinance.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

DE - Dune and berm plan at Delaware beaches clears hurdle

Lt. General Todd Semonite of the Army Corps of Engineers recently signed off on the plan that would place dredged material from the Delaware River and Bay at Bowers Beach, Slaughter Beach, Prime Hook Beach and Lewes Beach.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - $22 Million for Coastal Projects in North Carolina

The N.C. Division of Water Resources has awarded $22 million to 13 coastal towns and counties to help with recovery efforts following Hurricane Florence.

Great Lakes
Engineering

IN - Disappearing beaches, crumbling roads: Lake Michigan cities face 'heartbreaking' erosion

Just three months ago, Lake Michigan’s waters were more than 50 feet away from Lakeview Drive in the small town of Beverly Shores, with a beach in between the road and the water.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - How Wave Power Drives Coastal Erosion in Hawaii Quantified by Researchers

The average power of waves hitting a coastline can predict how fast that coast will erode.

Great Lakes
Engineering

OH - Lake Erie water levels remain high

The stairs at the Overlook Beach Park in Mentor-on-the-Lake have been closed for the past several years. Now the deck is closed too.

International
Engineering

BANGLADESH - Thousands suffer as drinking water crisis hits coastal areas

Hundreds of thousands of people living in coastal areas are reeling from acute drinking water shortage. Besides, indiscriminate extraction of groundwater for irrigation purposes is adding to this crisis. Illegal encroachment has stopped the water flow of a number of waterbodies across the country, spelling environment and ecological disaster.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - New dredge to arrive, beach project could possibly finish early

PINE KNOLL SHORES — TheEllis Island, the largest hopper dredge in the United States, is scheduled to join the Bogue Banks beach nourishment project Thursday, and the smaller dredge, the Liberty Island, might stay on the job in an effort to hasten completion.

Northeast
Engineering

CA - Beach Nourishment at Goleta Beach County Park

Due to recent rainfall and the increased chance of future storms, Santa Barbara County Public Works (Public Works) will begin sediment deposit operations at Goleta Beach. The sediment deposit will start as soon as Friday, March 20, 2020, and will continue as needed until facilities have been cleared.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Louisiana coastal authority approves billion-dollar spending plan in 'virtual' meeting

Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority on Wednesday approved a $1.08 billion spending plan for next fiscal year in a “virtual” meeting held online.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Coalition looks at strategies for Ponce Inlet flooding

Citing staggering projections for sea level rise, an increase of stronger hurricanes and heavier rainfall events in the future, representatives from the American Flood Coalition and the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council discussed disaster preparedness with Ponce Inlet Town Council members, residents and dignitaries during a special meeting March 10.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

SC - PAWLEYS ISLAND End of beach work reopens campaign debate

The last of 1.1 million cubic yards of offshore sand flowed onto the beach at Pawleys Island this week. The $14.3 million renourishment project stopped just north of First Street, drawing criticism from the town’s former mayor.

International
Engineering

Australia - A plan to use Hunter River sand to nourish Stockton Beach

Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp has urged the state government to allow sand dredged from the Hunter River for the construction of the proposed Newcastle Gas Terminal project to be redirected to Stockton Beach.

International
Engineering

The fight to save Bangkok from sinking into watery depths

A green basin, an urban farm and a floating home — the programme Insight explores the solutions being devised to keep climate change and floodwaters at bay in the Thai capital.

Southeast
Engineering

GA - Sea level rise challenges storm water system

At the highest natural tides, some local storm water infrastructure is already swamped, and the situation will worsen as sea levels continue to rise, consultants told the Chatham County Commission Friday. March 6.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

VA - Norfolk-based RISE Resilience Innovations is challenging dev teams to build urban mobility apps

The RISE Urban Mobility Challenge is calling on software developers to create tech solutions for automated traffic flooding information in the coastal Virginia region.

Caribbean
Engineering

USVI - UVI/DPNR Project Aims to Assess Coastal Vulnerability

Scientists at the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources and University of the Virgin Islands are teaming up to develop a locally relevant Coastal Vulnerability Index.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MI - Michigan officials still working to prevent Great Lakes erosion damage

High Great Lakes water continues to be an issue for Michigan, even as the state mobilizes around fighting Coronavirus.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Water Ways: Dutch Lessons For A Changing Coast

Viewed from one end, where a three-story hinge links to a massive steel lattice, the Maeslant storm surge barrier resembles three crane towers toppled across one another. From the opposite end, nearly 280 yards away, it’s an imposing white wall, like a drive-in movie screen stretched the length of 2½ football fields.

International
Engineering

The Ocean Cleanup's 'Interceptor' Aims to Clean 1,000 Rivers in 5 Years. Will It Work?

It had rained all morning across Jakarta on the first Tuesday in February. The rivers in the Indonesian capital quickly filled up, carrying all kinds of debris toward the Java Sea. In one of the city's largest waterways, a Dutch-made device was trapping some of the trash to prevent it from washing out into the ocean.

International
Engineering

Russia - Russia to Put New Dredgers into Operation

The average age of dredging fleet in Russia is 36 years and the country urgently needs to put new dredgers into operation, Gennady Egorov, director of the St. Petersburg-based Marine Engineering Bureau, said in a recent statement.

International
Engineering

India - Nourishment increases beachfront area in Vizag

The most frequented area in the city — the beachfront area — has increased significantly, thanks to the nourishment of eroded beaches undertaken by the Visakhapatnam Port Trust and the lull in the activity of tidal waves.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MI - Agencies discuss shoreline erosion, flooding at meeting

Iosco County Emergency Management Coordinator Ed Rohn in conjunction with four agencies including Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE) and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), National Weather Service (NWS) in Gaylord and the governor’s office came together to address concerns about shoreline erosion and flooding at a meeting held at AuSable Township on Thursday, Feb. 27.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

VA - Virginia Beach ups coastal protection measures

A US east coast city is replenishing its beaches that serve as protection against intensifying storms

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Our Views: The Dutch have some new ideas for living with water, and still have plenty to teach Louisiana

Dating back to even before Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana has gazed across the Atlantic for guidance from the Netherlands, an early adopter of large-scale interventions to prevent flooding.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Fort Lauderdale's Polluted Waterways Need Help: Here Come The Oysters

As broken sewage pipes foul Fort Lauderdale’s waterways, a group of conservationists has begun deploying one of the world’s most formidable filtration systems.

Southeast
Engineering

PAWLEYS ISLAND - With all that sand, a few gaps stand out

Pawleys Island’s beach renourishment project could end as early as next week, weather permitting. The 1.1 million cubic yards of offshore sand won’t cover all the rock groins on the island’s beachfront, which has raised concerns among property owners and town officials.

Northeast
Engineering

Dead Gate: Army Corps Sea Gates Project Suspended

The Army Corps of Engineers indefinitely postponed their scheduled Feb. 27 meeting after President Donald Trump’s administration’s proposed budget did not provide funding for the New York-New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Manasota Key celebrating fresh sand

ENGLEWOOD — Boulder Pointe condominium owners are among the Manasota Key property owners celebrating the start of the beach nourishment project this week.

International
Engineering

Dutch see folly of past approach, seek to undo damage wrought by ambitious engineering

Special Report: This is the fifth installment of a Times-Picayune and Advocate series exploring how the Netherlands’ climate change adaptation strategies could be a model for the Louisiana coast. The series was produced in collaboration with WWNO New Orleans Public Radio and Climate Central, and is part of the Pulitzer Center’s Connected Coastlines reporting initiative. For more information, go to pulitzercenter.org/connected-coastlines

Great Lakes
Engineering

Canada - Communities pleading for action to prevent further damage from Lake Ontario flooding

As a group of eastern Ontario mayors heads to Ottawa to plead for action to curb the effects of flooding from Lake Ontario, advocates are calling for major changes and urgent funding for municipalities.

Coastwide
Engineering

Dutch envoy: Catalyst of resiliency, sustainability

THE Kingdom of the Netherlands is a small country in Europe, but packs the economic, technological and cultural wallop representative of the entire continent.

Great Lakes
Engineering

IN - Indiana governor called on to declare lakefront emergency

State Rep. Chuck Moseley, D-Portage, is aggravated over news this weekend that fierce Lake Michigan waves appeared to have overcome part of the seawall at Ogden Dunes, jeopardizing beachfront homes.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Lido Key Beach Will Get More Sand. When Is Not Known

The latest beach renourishment plan for Lido Key Beach still doesn’t have a start date, but officials say they know what is needed to protect the shore for the next five years.

Northeast
Engineering

Boston - Climate Resiliency and Accessibility Dominate the Conversation at Harbor Garage Redevelopment Advisory Meeting

The Impact Advisory Group (IAG) for the Harbor Garage Redevelopment heard from the Chiofaro Company developers regarding their proposed project, Pinnacle at Central Wharf, as discussions for the controversial project continue.

Southeast
Engineering

SC - Building sunken breakwaters off SC coast to halt beach erosion has unclear future

A submerged breakwater system proposed to lessen beach erosion in South Carolina won’t pop up offshore anytime soon.

Great Lakes
Engineering

Lake Michigan beach erosion creates tension in Indiana dunes

A proud Lake Michigan beach town battles erosion and one of the country’s newest national parks; ‘It really comes down to the survival of our town’

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Ocean protection plan charts course for defending California coast The Columbian

SAN DIEGO — A new ocean protection plan sets out steps to safeguard California’s coast against rising seas, while shoring up public access and building coastal economies.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Can oysters be the answer to eroding California shorelines?

Oysters could one day be the answer to the complex question of how to protect California’s disappearing coastline.

International
Engineering

Australia - State government waits on the City of Newcastle to apply for a mining licence for offshore dredging at Stockton Beach

Four state government ministers and their staff are now working to pave a way for offshore dredging to be used as a long-term solution for Stockton Beach nourishment.

International
Engineering

How the Dutch Are Building Coastal Protection for Less — With Nature's Help

TER HEIJDE, The Netherlands — With a surfboard strapped to his feet and the reins of a giant kite in his hands, Daan Vijverberg skims over whitecaps on the Netherlands’ windy south coast. Nearby, other kiteboarders catch gusts strong enough to fling their wetsuited bodies several feet into the air.

Northeast
Engineering

NJ - Pallone Announces Additional Beach Replenishment Projects for Jersey Shore

Added federal funding for work in Long Branch, Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach; critics question efficacy of the program

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Rep. Maloney Urges Reinstatement of Critical Coastal Resiliency Study

NEW YORK, NY– Responding to the indefinite suspension of a critical NYC coastal resiliency study, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) wrote a letter to Lieutenant General Todd T. Semonite, Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), urging the study’s immediate reinstatement.

International
Engineering

UK - Defences ‘not the only option’ to fight floods

The government should consider other options to combat the rising threat of flooding after record levels of rainfall were recorded in the UK in February, engineers have said.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Ocean protection plan charts course for defending California coast

A new ocean protection plan sets out steps to safeguard California's coast against rising seas, while shoring up public access and building coastal economies.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MI - Experts predicting higher water levels, advise action

The main message of a recent high water level meeting, according to Huron County Emergency Services Director Randy Miller, is water levels are predicted to go up during the next few months, so do something now to protect property and investment.

Caribbean
Engineering

Bahamas - Bahamas plans deep water oil drilling. First site is 150 miles off South Florida

The Bahamas plans to soon start drilling for oil -- just 150 miles off the coast of South Florida.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Quogue residents wrestle with how to save their beach

Quogue Village residents are torn over how to address worsening erosion near their village beach, with suggested solutions ranging from letting nature take its course to a project that could raise some tax bills by an estimated $30,000 per year.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

OR - Report: Rising temperatures in Columbia River watershed

Lower Columbia River Watershed Council weighs effects of climate change, future projects in strategic action plan

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Renourishing Lido Key might be more costly for Sarasota

If the actual bids come in higher, the city would have to foot the rest of the bill.

International
Engineering

Australia - As ocean's edge laps at WA's Wedge shacks, state acts on retreat plan

Eroding shorelines of the Wedge and Grey communities along the Mid West coast have prompted the state to progress its plan for residents’ “managed retreat”.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - The Energy Elite Have Started Listening to Their Enemy No. 1 in Houston

Say “climate change” too loudly, though, and you’ll get some looks. Many Houstonians still feel like they’re in a standoff with environmentalists who would love to put the Oil and Gas Capital of the World out of business. And anyway the city is booming, with cranes as common as traffic jams on its ever-widening highways. With a population up 11% since 2010, Houston is destined to overtake Chicago as the U.S.’s third-largest city—unless something goes horribly wrong.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Beach project to improve North Topsail Beach underway

A beach renourishment project to improve North Topsail Beach is underway.

Northeast
Engineering

MA - Nourishment Project Protects Poppy Spit

The Popponesset Spit, an important barrier beach that divides Popponesset Bay from Nantucket Sound, will receive thousands of cubic yards of sand from an continuing dredging project, adding to a beach-nourishment project undertaken this past winter.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Beach nourishment project moves into Pine Knoll Shores

The $28.2 million Bogue Banks beach nourishment project pushed west from Atlantic Beach into Pine Knoll Shores Thursday, beginning the longest stretch of work in the project.

Great Lakes
Engineering

IL - Army Corps to begin emergency repair work on lakefront this month

“In two or three weeks,” the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will be placing riprap along storm-damaged sections of the Chicago lakefront between 49th and 51st streets, said Patrick Bray, the Chicago District Chief of Public Affairs.

International
Engineering

UK - Sea wall collapse sparks criticism of council’s coastal defence

A WAVE of criticism has been aimed at New Forest District Council’s coastal defence policies after a section of sea wall at Milford collapsed following cracks appearing during recent storms.

International
Engineering

UK - Suffolk landmark needs urgent protection after severe coast erosion

Urgent coastal defence works are being planned to protect one of Suffolk's best-known landmarks from the North Sea.

International
Engineering

Cambodia - 'Houses On The River Will Fall': Cambodia's Sand Mining Threatens Vital Mekong

A building boom in the Southeast Asian country has pushed up demand for sand in a river that 60 million people rely on.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Your opinion: How to use $542 million in Florence recovery funds?

There is still more than $200 million in unaddressed damages to more than 3,000 homes throughout Eastern North Carolina from Hurricane Florence — but there is a plan in place to help fix that, and your feedback on that plan is needed.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Army Engineers Cite Lack of Funds in Suspension of Critical Coastal Storm Risk Management Study

“The federal government’s decision to abandon the Army Corps’ storm surge study is reckless, and it exposes our region to the ravages of the next superstorm,” City Comptroller Scott Stringer said

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Surviving hurricanes, sea rise in Keys may mean $3 billion in home buyouts, elevations

A bird’s eye look at the Florida Keys is all it takes to understand that little stands between the chain of islands and the sea.

International
Engineering

Tokyo, Ho Chi Minh City, Shanghai and New York at risk of rising seas: study

China’s Pearl River Delta, the country’s manufacturing hub and home to tens of millions of people, is the world’s most at-risk urban center from rising sea levels, according to a new study.