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World - Submarine Cables: The Global Data Infrastructure and International Law of the Sea

As a lay person, it is a common perception that data and communication signals travel through multiple satellite systems orbiting around the earth. However, this is a grave misconception. As one writer puts it, “but that the communication signals themselves are then broken into bits of data, which then ply the ocean depths at the speed of light via unseen cables, is hard to imagine.”

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Bids are in for Avon-Buxton beach nourishment projects

Dare County has received bids for the Avon and Buxton beach nourishment projects from Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co., Manson Construction and Weeks Marine.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Suffolk Closeup: A stupid 'solution' to beach erosion

With the Fire Island to Montauk Point Project of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to be restarted in 2023 — what Kevin McAllister, president of Defend H20, describes as dumping sand along the 83 miles of the Suffolk County oceanfront — it would be instructive to consider the situation in another region.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Livingston Parish wrapped up work on 400 miles of streams after 2016 flood, then Ida hit.

Five years after the 2016 flood devastated much of Livingston Parish, the local government had finally emerged from the mire of red tape and federal funding challenges to finish cleaning 400 miles of waterways across the region.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Massive Marin wetlands restoration project reaches milestone

One of the largest wetland restoration projects in Marin County and San Francisco Bay reached a milestone with the completion of a $20 million, 2-mile-long levee just east of the Bel Marin Keys.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Beach towns get chunks of renourishment money and other line items in state budget

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — For the beach towns in New Hanover County, the most significant expenditures in the state budget relate to beach renourishment. The compromise budget, signed by Gov. Roy Cooper last week, followed months of negotiations between his office and the General Assembly and was the last one passed this year in the country.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Oak Island to receive $20M in one-time state funds for beach nourishment

This funding is provided as a special one-time designation, as part of the 2021-2022 NC State Budget, and will become effective immediately upon signing by Gov. Cooper.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - New York City climate plan aims to prevent what could be daily flooding in Lower Manhattan

The Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency (LMCR) Project is an integrated coastal protection initiative aimed at reducing flood risk due to coastal storms and sea level rise in Lower Manhattan. The LMCR Project area spans the Lower Manhattan coast and seeks to increase resiliency while preserving access to the waterfront and integrating with public space.

Northeast
Engineering

MA - Massachusetts Company Floats Plan for Dredging Hub on Thames River

A Massachusetts-based developer floated preliminary plans to repurpose the former Dow Chemical plant as a hub for its dredging business in Connecticut and New York, and to expand the dock on the site to potentially support ancillary work for offshore wind development out of New London.

International
Engineering

Greece - The New Thessaloniki Coast: Botanical Gardens and Pools in the Sea

The Prefecture of Central Macedonia on Monday announced plans for the redesign of Thessaloniki’s shoreline, plans that include botanical gardens and swimming pools in the sea.

International
Engineering

UK - Redefining Coastal Squeeze: A Report for the Environment Agency

Coastal Planning & Engineering Professor Nigel Pontee recently led the production of a report for the UK Environment Agency which will inform future assessment of coastal squeeze and the requirement for the creation of compensatory habitat.

International
Engineering

CAN - Old Coal Plant Site to Be Transformed Into a Walkable City

Lakeview Generating Station was once a coal plant in Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto. But now, developers are reimagining it to become a mixed-use, lakefront village, where residents can walk or bike anywhere within the site in just 15 minutes.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Major step forward for the Key's shoreline protection effort

He hasn’t popped the champagne cork yet, but Dr. Roland Samimy might be putting a bottle on ice.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - Hawaii to see more than $2M in federal funds to protect coastal communities

The state of Hawaii will receive more than $2 million in federal funding to support coastal resilience projects and protect communities from flooding across the Islands, congressional officials announced Friday.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers Completes Reservoir For Everglades Restoration

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed work on a $339 million reservoir constructed to cleanse water runoff before it flows into a troubled Florida river.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - Beach replenishment project ends, others set to begin

That’s a wrap. The third beach replenishment project at Babe’s Beach, west of 61st Street, is complete and crews are mobilizing off the site. More than 600,000 cubic yards of sand have been placed along the stretch of beach that came into existence just six years ago.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Army Corps talks Key Biscayne shoreline; dunes construction could start as early as 2024

Reinforcing their sophisticated sand dune strategy to protect Key Biscayne’s shoreline, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials Wednesday presented their management study at a pair of virtual open house meetings to discuss the next 50-year protection plan.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - Editorial: The Ike Dike can’t do it all. Houston should explore Galveston Bay barrier proposal

The Editorial Board strongly supports moving forward with the Galveston Bay barrier study so that critical questions can be answered.

Coastwide
Engineering

USA - These Simple Design Schemes Can Help Combat Climate Change for Coastal Cities

Architects have already begun building ‘mini islands’ and water-detaining canals in coastal cities such as New York, Seattle, and Miami

Northeast
Engineering

NJ - Jersey Shore Town Ponders Fix for ‘Sunny Day' Floods

The town realizes that climate change and sea level rise are very real problems, a member of Bay Head's environmental commission said

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Studies find that river diversions can overcome Louisiana's rapid sinking

Two new studies led by former Tulane University doctoral students show the likely benefits of land building by river diversions, despite these deposits initially causing rapid subsidence in coastal Louisiana.