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Northeast
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NJ - Ocean County NJ to cover local share of beach replenishment

Ocean County has agreed to pay the entire local cost of the latest federal beach replenishment project, providing relief for barrier island towns that were facing hefty bills for the work.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Army Corps coastal risk study looking for public input, pending approval from Collier County

Additional measures to mitigate damage from hurricane-related events might be in Collier County’s future if commissioners agree to a study conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Beach researchers presenting idea to cut costs, save lives in building back Fort Myers Beach

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — Fort Myers Beach Town Council taking important steps Monday in revitalizing the beach and Estero Island.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - In Major Shift, Flagler Beach Residents Appear to Favor Sea Walls, But Misconceptions Abound

A majority of Flagler Beach residents now appear to favor so-called secant walls, those blunt, thick, rugged sea walls of piles drilled into the dune line, reinforced with concrete and steel and, in normal circumstances, buried under dunes.

Northeast
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DE - WRDA brings beach replenishing, funding resources to towns

Bethany Beach Mayor Rosemary Hardiman made a beeline across the large conference room at the Center for the Inland Bays office, located on the inlet along the Indian River. She bypassed the U.S. senator hosting the roundtable on implementation of a new Water Resource Development Act.

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - CPRA receives over $2B for Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion construction

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (LA TIG), the group of state and federal agencies responsible for overseeing and approving spending Deepwater Horizon natural resource damages oil spill settlement dollars in Louisiana, approved $2.26 billion in funding for construction of the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - See Walls: Army Corps’ Citywide Coastal Storm Plan Takes Shape, Steals Views

A series of renderings offer a glimpse at a proposal that could be what a resiliency expert called “the largest transformation of our waterfront since the Robert Moses era.”

Coastwide
Engineering

USA - The U.S. National Ocean Climate Action Plan Must Prioritize Local Stakeholders and Ecosystem Protection

As with just scientific research, just policymaking and effective resiliency planning must involve local stakeholders.The growing recognition of environmental justice includes various subcategories such as climate justice and ocean justice.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MI -Task Force asks Biden administration for $425 million for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

A bipartisan Congressional task force has asked President Joe Biden to dedicate more money to the Great Lakes in his 2024 fiscal year budget.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

WA - This Experiment Could Help Restore Eroding Coastlines

David Cottrell dropped $400 worth of rock on “washaway beach” to see what would happen. Now engineers are watching, too.

West Coast
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CA - Port of San Francisco Grapples with Surging Sea

By 2100, sea levels are expected to rise by four to seven feet along the stretch of Bay from Fisherman’s Wharf to Heron’s Head Park. If left unchecked, the rising waves will pollute drinking water with salt and other contaminants, flood buildings, homes, and infrastructure, and inundate roads, parks, and open space.

West Coast
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CA - Oceanside continues search for sand, downplays possibility of groins

Oceanside has approved the next phase of its sand restoration and retention project at a cost of $2.6 million, though city officials have downplayed the possibility of an earlier proposal to build beachfront ledges.

West Coast
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CA - Some of San Diego's waves turned bright pink. Here's why.

The usual blue waters of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego are looking quite different — at least for a while. Bright fuchsia-colored waves were seen crashing along the shore in the past week, and researchers have revealed just what's causing the sudden and dramatic color change.

Mid-Atlantic
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NC -- State Sea Grant partners with CCC, ECU to protect shorelines

MOREHEAD CITY — NC Sea Grant is collaborating with Carteret Community College and East Carolina University to develop a framework for programs to protect the state’s shorelines, as well as create living shoreline training courses and a certification program.

West Coast
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CA - KING TIDE THROWS ROCKS OVER SEA WALL, RADICALLY ALTERS BUTTERFLY BEACH

Hundreds of visitors to Montecito's Butterfly beach on January 22, 2023, a favorite seascape of Royals and Movie Stars, were confused, then awed, to see rocks strewn all over the walkways, sidewalks, street and sand, further altering a landscape already dramatically changed in recent weeks due to the atmospheric river/storm surge.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

AK - ALASKA MARINE HIGHWAY SYSTEM AWARDED $285 MILLION IN INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING

Historic Funding to Aid Marine Highway’s Operations, Vessel Acquisitions & Shoreside Infrastructure. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) was one of the 18 Republican Senators to vote for the IIJA.

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - Rodanthe sand project unlikely, but new study to begin

RODANTHE — A new bridge has bypassed a dangerous and persistent ocean overwash problem on the roadway on the north end of Hatteras Island. Now residents of this tiny village are looking for beach nourishment to protect their homes from washing into the ocean.

International
Engineering

World - Resilient Coastal Communities and Climate Adaptation: Lessons from New York for New Zealand

As coastal communities around the world take action toward climate adaptation, lessons learned from flood risk management in New York City are relevant for other cities and communities.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

MS - Court rules Army Corps of Engineers violated law, damaged marine life in Miss. Sound

BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi ruled the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created environmental harm in the Mississippi Sound when it opened the Bonnet Carré Spillway without consulting the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - Galveston Bay Park Plan Advances with Agreement on Study

A plan that aims to protect critical economic infrastructure in the Houston and Galveston Bay region is moving forward.

International
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UK - Isle of Wight sea defence scheme groundwork under way

Part of a £55m coastal defence scheme has reached a milestone with the start of work to investigate the land around crumbling sea defences.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Slip sliding away: The name of the game on scenic Highway 1

BIG SUR — The engineers and laborers who constructed California State Route 1 from Carmel to San Luis Obispo County beginning in the 1920s knew the road was fraught with peril. But they did it anyway. Coastal communities in the area needed better access to health care and other resources.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - New plan to protect Louisiana’s coast begins months-long path to legislative approval By

BATON ROUGE– Could the Louisiana of 2073 face less flood risk from hurricanes than it does today? According to Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority officials, the answer could be“yes”–if their latest coastal master plan, released as a draft earlier this month, is fullyimplemented and predictions for more moderate environmental conditions prevail.