Engineering

Northeast
Engineering

NJ - Army Corps Partners With Community for First Line of Coastal Defense

Hurricane Isaias stormed up the east coast of the United States in early August, bringing heavy rain and winds up to 85 mph to the shores of flood-prone Port Monmouth, New Jersey.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - Informational Meeting Set for Proposed Kaanapali Beach Restoration and Berm Enhancement Project

KAANAPALI — The state Department of Land & Natural Resources’ Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands (OCCL) will hold an informational meeting on the proposed Kaanapali Beach Restoration and Berm Enhancement Project at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - New FIU Program Aimed at Making a More Resilient Florida

Florida’s efforts to bounce back from disaster could get a boost with the launch of a new interdisciplinary program at Florida International University’s Institute of Environment.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MI - Construction Continues on New Lock at Soo Locks With Contract Awarded for Phase 2

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (WXYZ) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday that the second phase of new lock in the Soo Locks has been given a contract.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - LIPA Seeks $350M Bridge Loan to Cover Isaias Costs

The LIPA board of trustees on Wednesday will vote on whether to allow the authority to borrow up to $350 million as a "bridge" loan to cover the costs of restoration from Tropical Storm Isaias until the utility is reimbursed for the costs by the federal government.

International
Engineering

World - Study Proposes Making EV Batteries From Deep-Sea Rocks

Researchers from the University of Delaware in the US and Canadian deep-sea mining specialist DeepGreen claim that metal rocks found on the deep-ocean floor could represent a far less environmentally damaging source of EV battery metals than conventional approaches

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

DE - Army Corps Awards Contract for Renourishment in Bethany, South Bethany

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District announced on Sept. 21 that it had awarded a contract to Weeks Marine Inc. for $11.1 million to conduct the periodic nourishment of the Bethany & South Bethany Coastal Storm Risk Management project in Delaware.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Everglades Restoration to 'Get the Water Right' Estimated at $7.4 Billion Through 2030

MIAMI — Everglades restoration projects will require about $7.4 billion over the next 10 years, compared with $6 billion spent through 2019, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said while presenting a draft of its work schedule.

Coastwide
Engineering

USA - As Climate Change Poses an Increasing Risk, Coastal Cities Rethink Engineering to Protect Against Storms

As this active hurricane season continues. more coastal cities are changing how they build as a way to prevent against the effects of climate change.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - SPI to Submit Project Applications for Coastal Management

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — From data collection and public access enhancement to coastal hazard and resiliency planning, this program annually seeks coastal project applications.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MI - Frankfort residents come out against seawall on public beach

FRANKFORT, MI — After a public outcry a Frankfort condominium association withdrew a request for an easement to build a stone revetment seawall on a city-owned beach.

Coastwide
Engineering

USA - Great Lakes Awarded $119 Million in Dredging Work

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp., Oakbrook, Ill., announced today that it has been awarded several major dredging contracts totaling $118.8 million.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

OR - 2 Critical Dams Survive Santiam Fire Intact

Detroit and Big Cliff dams are structurally intact and operational following a wildfire that destroyed much of the surrounding area.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Conservation Groups Complete Chorro Creek Restoration Project, Benefiting the Morro Bay Watershed

Chorro Creek is one of the two major waterways that flow into the Morro Bay estuary. So, naturally, its health is inextricably linked to that of the bay's.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Mississippi Ship Channel Deepening Project Under Way at Last

The long-awaited project to deepen the Mississippi between the Gulf and New Orleans is finally under way.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - Federal Funding for $1 Billion Panther Island Project Yet to Materialize

The decade-old Panther Island project remains unfinished and without necessary federal funding to complete it.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

SC - Another Call to Reject Luxury 'Ecoresort' Plan for SC Barrier Island Comes as Review Nears

Another South Carolina politician is calling for a high-end “ecoresort” project for an undeveloped Lowcountry barrier island to be turned down, days before the plan is scheduled to be up for a vote.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Army Corps of Engineers Proposes Flood Wall to Fortify Miami-Dade Coastline

MIAMI – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is studying how to fortify Miami-Dade County’s coastline from the reality of rising seas and, as part of a more than $4 billion plan, has proposed a flood wall running parallel to Miami’s waterfront.

International
Engineering

World - Using Nature-Inspired Designs to Protect Coastal Communities

Newswise — Nearly half the world’s population lives within 62 miles of a coastline. This means exposure to the increasing risk of flooding and destruction in light of rising sea levels, eroding coastlines, and more frequent weather events that bring storm surge and devastating waves to the coast.

Great Lakes
Engineering

OH - Cleveland Harbor West Breakwater Gets $5.9 Million Repair

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is spending $5.9 million to fix part of Cleveland’s Lake Erie West Breakwater.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Emerald Isle Board OKs Nourishment Resolutions

EMERALD ISLE — Town commissioners Tuesday night adopted two resolutions necessary to proceed with a major beach nourishment project in early 2021.

International
Engineering

Pacific - China Expands Its Island-Building Strategy Into the Mid-Pacific

The world knows the Republic of Kiribati as a very low-lying nation in the mid-Pacific that is in danger of inundation as the climate changes and sea levels rise.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Long Beach Officials: Faulty Jetties Causing Beach Erosion

The winner of Long Beach’s never-ending battle against nature seems all too obvious, at least at the southern end of Washington Boulevard: It’s the ocean.

International
Engineering

World - Cratons Mark the Spot for Mineral Bonanzas

A new map of the thickness of Earth’s lithosphere contains clues to large deposits of key metals.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - This Is How Surf City Plans to Pay for Beach Renourishment Over Next 50 Years

SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — After years of dealing with erosion along the coast in Surf City, the town now has a plan in place to renourish the beaches.

International
Engineering

PHL - [ANALYSIS] The Bad Economics of Dumping Fake White Sand Along Manila Bay

To truly rehabilitate Manila Bay, it’s much better for government to, say, drastically reduce pollutants at their sources and to protect mangrove areas. Dumping rocks is as dumb as it sounds.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Flagler County Commissioners Approve Eminent Domain for Dune Restoration Project

FLAGLER BEACH — Flagler County commissioners Wednesday unanimously approved filing for eminent domain against one property owner in an effort to save the $25 million dune restoration project.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Chenier Plain Marsh Enhancement Projects Receives $1M for Conservation

Chenier Plain Marsh Enhancement projects have been awarded $1 million by the U.S. government to enhance 3,950 acres of Louisiana coastal marsh.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

WA - Sunlight Beach Dike Repairs Needed to Mitigate Flooding

Storms have eroded the dike in recent years, and it needs repairs to protect nearby properties.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - FPL Sends Transmission Equipment to Louisiana to Help Rebuild Energy Grid

Nearly 180 semi-trailer trucks to deliver resources needed to repair the energy grid following Hurricane Laura.

Northeast
Engineering

MA - State Announces $7.8 Million for Infrastructure and Planning Projects

BOSTON – The state has announced more than $7.8 million in Seaport Economic Council grants to support 17 projects across the Commonwealth.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - NTB Weighs How to Pay $3M Yearly for Sand

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH – It might take a property tax increase, paired perhaps with other possible new sources of revenue, including pay-to-park at public beach access lots.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

MS - Is More Concrete the Answer to Erosion on Ocean Springs Front Beach?

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (WLOX) - Is more concrete the answer to Ocean Springs’ eroding beach?

International
Engineering

UK - Work Begins on Phase One of Southsea Coastal Defence Scheme

Work is due to begin today on the city council’s coastal defence scheme to protect more than 10,000 homes in Southsea from the risk of coastal flooding.

International
Engineering

World - New Project to Clear the Seabed of Plastic with Autonomous Robots

Freeing the Earth from underwater waste is not an easy feat, but this project might actually tidy up our mess.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

Atlantic - Planning to Rise Above an Uncertain Climate Future for Coastal Carolinas Region

Communities across the Carolinas are beginning to recognize that the future we face will be very different from the past.

International
Engineering

World - These Underwater Drones Use Water Temperature Differences To Recharge

Startup Seatrec has developed underwater energy harvesting charging stations for monitoring, mining and military drones

Coastwide
Engineering

USA - Using Nature-Inspired Designs To Protect Coastal Communities

Texas A&M researchers are testing how a combination of sand dunes with coastal structures could better protect against flooding.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - Comment Period Open for Kaanapali Beach Restoration and Berm Enhancement Draft EIS

KAANAPALI - The state Department of Land & Natural Resources is proposing a $9,275,000 project to replenish sand and mitigate chronic and extreme seasonal erosion at Kaanapali Beach over the last four decades.

Northeast
Engineering

RI - Warwick Awarded $565K to Upgrade Coastline

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Warwick Mayor Joseph Solomon unveiled another plan for his Oakland Beach Resiliency Initiative on Tuesday.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - Opinion: Can’t Wait for Ike Dike? We Must Act Now to Protect Galveston Bay. Here’s How.

In the days since Hurricane Laura made landfall on the Louisiana coast, multiple public officials have called for the construction of some type of coastal barrier to stop storm surge from entering Galveston Bay, expressing frustration that nothing has been done to protect our region since Hurricane Ike.

International
Engineering

UAE - Creating Artificial Lakes in Water-Stressed Countries

Researchers at UAEU are collaborating with Abu Dhabi Municipality to develop sustainable solutions for rising groundwater

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Rising Cost Has North Topsail Reconsidering Federal Beach Project

The rising cost of rebuilding shorelines has the Town of North Topsail Beach reconsidering its participation a federal project that would pump sand onto the southern 4 miles of the town’s beach strand.

International
Engineering

World - Autonomous Robots Could Mine the Deep Seafloor

Pliant Energy says its C-Ray robot could be a less invasive tool for ocean mining

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

MS - USACE Releases Mississippi River Mainline Levees Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released its Draft Supplement II (Draft SEIS II) to the 1976 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), Mississippi River and Tributaries (MR&T) Project, Mississippi River Mainline Levees (MRL), today, Aug. 28.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

OR - Coastal Sediment a Challenge During Quakes, Tsunamis

People don’t generally think about how important sand and mud are in the context of our coastal communities and recreation areas, but in essence, sediments are what shape our coast.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

USA - Federal Government Releases Its Operational Plan for the Columbia River System Dams

PENDLETON — A final plan impacting the Columbia River system released earlier this month has some anglers and conservationists still looking for more answers.

International
Engineering

China - China Makes Progress on Spaceport Project for Sea Launches

China is making progress with a spaceport to facilitate sea-based launch activity and development of rockets, satellites and related applications.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - 58,000 Tons of Rock Will Create a New Artificial Reef off Palos Verdes Peninsula

A project to restore reefs and marine animals off the Palos Verdes Peninsula Coast resumed last week after an approximately three-month coronavirus-induced hiatus, and is expected to be finished next month — with about 58,000 tons of rock creating a new reef.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - Army Corps. of Engineers Moving Forward With Ike Dike Concept in New Study

GALVESTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The devastation of Hurricane Laura has reignited the conversation of coastal protection along our part of the Gulf.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Cedar Key Shoreline Project Aims to Curb Storm Damage

Anytime of the day is a good time on Cedar Key, but dusk is especially good.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Shoreline Protection: Congressmen Murphy, Rouzer Visit Topsail

TOPSAIL ISLAND – Each of the towns along Topsail Island have different challenges and needs when it comes to protecting their shoreline, but their meeting Thursday with congressional leaders was about one island.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - A Proposed Storm Surge Barrier Could Protect Texas from Storms like Laura

There are concerns, though, about the time it will take to build the network of sea walls, surge gates and other infrastructure

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Army Corps Study: Sunset and Sunshine Beaches Face Worse Erosion in County

TREASURE ISLAND — When it comes to erosion rates from tidal action and rising sea levels, an Army Corps of Engineers’ Coastal Storm Risk Management Study predicts some coastal areas along Treasure Island could see the highest levels of dune and beach loss in the county.

Northeast
Engineering

MA - State Awards Oak Bluffs $1 Million for North Bluff Improvements

The ongoing waterfront redevelopment project along the North Bluff in Oak Bluffs got a major boost Tuesday with the announcement from Gov. Charlie Baker that the town will receive $1 million in state grant money for further infrastructure improvements.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

AK - The Alaska Pebble Mine Project Has Been Held Up for Years. Science, Not Politics, Should Guide the Approval Process.

A more-than-a-decade’s long battle over a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska took another turn recently as the Army Corps of Engineers pressed pause on a permit for the project to move forward.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

SC - Hundreds of Comments on Charleston Sea Wall Plan Show Most People Want More Detail

More than 400 comments flooded in on the federal government’s proposal to build an 8-mile-long sea wall around the Charleston peninsula.

International
Engineering

Pacific - DeepGreen Partners With Scientists on Seafloor Discovery Program

DeepGreen Metals announced Tuesday it has formed partnerships with scientific research institutions and universities on its deep-sea discovery program to characterize the potential impacts of lifting polymetallic nodules from the bottom of the Clarion Clipperton Zone (CCZ) of the Pacific Ocean.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

AK - Army Corps Delays Pebble Mine Over 'Adverse Impacts' and 'Degradation'

The federal government is requiring the company behind the Pebble Mine to take extra steps to mitigate “unavoidable adverse impacts to aquatic resources,” delaying its final decision on the project.

Southeast
Engineering

GA - New Marine Terminal Planned For Industrial Site

A subsidiary of Dulany Industries is planning to build a marine terminal on its SeaPoint Complex on the Savannah River.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MI - $3.1M Effort Will Remove Muskegon Lake ‘Junk,’ Restore Shoreline

MUSKEGON, MI – Efforts to clean up Muskegon Lake that once was essentially used as a dump continues this summer with a $3.1 million initiative to remove “chunks of junk” from the lake bottom.

West Coast
Engineering

USA - Odyssey Seeks Compensation Under NAFTA For Deep-Sea Mining Project

U.S.-based Odyssey Marine Exploration hasn’t given up its intentions to move forward with a phosphate seabed mining project in Mexico’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), despite two permit rejections.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Construction Set to Begin on $400 Million Flood-Protection Lock in Terrebonne

Construction will begin later this year on a $400 million lock in the Houma Navigation Canal that serves as the linchpin to Terrebonne Parish's hurricane-protection system.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Miami-Dade wants mangroves and islands as storm protection instead of 10-foot walls

The federal government plan to protect Miami-Dade from future storms hinges on a tall, gray wall between the city and Biscayne Bay, but residents have their own vision for how best to keep the water from drowning the Magic City. And it’s much greener.

Northeast
Engineering

MA - Climate Change: Report urges action on tidal flooding, beach erosion due to environmental damage

The State of the Coast report by The Trustees focuses on the threat of rising sea levels and powerful storm surges on the state’s North Shore, which is home to the major fishing port of Gloucester as well as Salem, the site of the notorious colonial-era witch trials.

Coastwide
Engineering

USA - Great Lakes Dredge books contracts worth $117.8 million

David Simonelli, Chief Operating Officer commented, “Great Lakes is pleased to add these major coastal protection and maintenance dredging awards to our backlog. These projects are aligned with our strategy to provide dredging services to support the overall improvement and resiliency of our country’s environment, coastlines and infrastructure.”

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - Why One Expert Predicts a Major Hurricane Hitting Houston Would Be “America’s Chernobyl”

Terence O’Rourke has spent a decade warning officials a storm making landfall directly in Galveston Bay could be much worse than even Harvey.