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International
Engineering

AUS - Sydney seawall edges closer but legal issues remain unresolved

Work to build a seawall to protect exposed coastal residences along part of Sydney's northern beaches could start within months even before key legal and financial issues are resolved.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Destin Council to Discuss Possible Beach Expansion

The city currently has three public beach parks and eight public beach trails. Nine of the city’s public beach access points, dispersed throughout the Crystal Beach and Scenic Highway 98 areas, have a combined total of less than a half mile of public beach, according to a Destin Log story from 2018.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - City Council Discusses Grant for Desalination Plant Project, Commercial Fishing Industry

The Santa Barbara City Council unanimously passed a motion at its meeting on Tuesday to introduce and subsequently adopt an ordinance of the council authorizing the city administrator to execute a grant funding agreement with the State of California Department of Water Resources in the amount of $10 million for the reactivation of the Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant Project.

International
Engineering

World - Could Deep Sea Mining Fuel The Electric Vehicle Boom?

The world is hungry for resources to power the green transition. As we increasingly look to solar, wind, geothermal and move towards decarbonization, consumption of minerals such as cobalt, lithium and copper, which underpin them, is set to grow markedly.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Isaias Didn't Dump Enough Rain to Cause Lake Okeechobee Discharges to St. Lucie River

Tropical Storm Isaias didn't drop enough rain on Central Florida to cause the Army Corps of Engineers to start Lake Okeechobee discharges to the St. Lucie River. That's the good news.

Southeast
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FL - Army Corps of Engineers to Inspect Erosion at St. Augustine Beach

The local beach saw the worst erosion from Isaias compared to other area beaches, according to officials.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Hurricane-Wary Palm Beach Slowly, But Steadily, Burying All Overhead Utilities

Construction has reached the third of eight planned phases for the burial of all overhead utility lines in the Town of Palm Beach. Town officials say the underground system is safer, more reliable and aesthetically superior to the overhead system, which is more vulnerable to power outages caused by storm winds.

International
Engineering

World - Deep-Sea Mining May Have Deep Economic, Environmental Impacts

A new report supports the creation of a compensation fund for nations that rely on terrestrial mining, but it fails to dispel environmental concerns over deep-sea mining.

International
Engineering

CAN - Increase in Shoreline Repair Requests to Grey Sauble Conservation due to High Waters

The conservation authority is hoping to declutter the complicated permit process for shoreline repairs.

Northeast
Engineering

NJ - Army Corps Awards $23.8M Contract for Atlantic County Beach Replenishment

Dredging and beachfill operations are slated for Absecon Island in Atlantic County, officials announced.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Carteret County Schedules New Bid Opening for Nourishment Project

EMERALD ISLE — Carteret County will have to wait until Monday, Aug. 10 to open bids and perhaps award a contract for the next Bogue Banks beach nourishment project.

International
Engineering

India - The Human Cost of Restoring Chennai’s Rivers

The Indian state of Tamil Nadu is relocating whole slums to help restore polluted rivers. Is it doing more harm than good?

International
Engineering

World - Sand: Is the Extraction of the World's Most-Mined Commodity Sustainable?

Fears that some sand deposits are being overused, combined with increasing evidence that the dredging of rivers and seafloors causes vast damage to ecosystems and coastal communities, bring the sustainability of this vital material into question.

International
Engineering

UK - New Green Fund to Boost Scotland’s Coastal Communities

Projects that could benefit include local activities to reduce flood risk, pollution or carbon emissions.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - EPA Awards State of Texas More Than $3.8 Million to Manage Water Pollution

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced a grant of $3,887,500 to the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

OR - Dare County Dredge A Step Closer

Commercial and recreational fishers have been dealing for decades with the unpredictability of Oregon Inlet navigation but with the recent go-ahead by Dare County for its private partner to move on a contract to build a new hopper dredge, there may be an end in sight.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Saving New York's $3 Billion Environmental Bond - Coronavirus Coverage

Last winter, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a $3 billion environmental bond to fund critical infrastructure and other measures to protect New York from the impacts of pollution, irresponsible development and climate change.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Construction of $80 Million Floating Floodgate Underway Near Morgan City

Residents of six coastal and river parishes will no longer have to rely on old barges to block flood waters from the Atchafalaya River.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

VA - Against All Odds, the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Bird Colony is Saved

At the mouth of the Hampton Roads harbor, a success story unfolds. It’s told through legions of beating wings, swirling around an old fortress like specks in a snow globe.

International
Engineering

China - Hong Kong's Vast $3.8 Billion Rain-Tunnel Network

The city's complex drainage system protects Hong Kong from once-disastrous flooding caused by seasonal typhoons. But will it be strong enough to withstand the effects of climate crisis?

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

GA - Savannah Harbor Deepening Hits a Snag Upstream

Augusta and others suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over plans for New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam will get a chance to inspect it themselves.

International
Engineering

CAN - Life Returns to Rehabilitated Ice Pond in Summerside

Major reconstruction work was completed in 2019 and wildlife is returning to the area.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Early Season Lake Releases May Become More Common, Help Keep Blue-Green Algae out of the Caloosahatchee

A federal agency charged with managing Lake Okeechobee levels is taking public input about dry season lake releases that in theory will keep blue-green algae blooms contained to Okeechobee during the summer rainy season.

Northeast
Engineering

NJ - Dredging of Oyster Creek Channel Anticipated for Fall Start

A project to deepen certain areas of the Intracoastal Waterway off Long Beach Island is expected to begin in November, nearly a year after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a contract to address shoaling issues in the channel from Cape May north to the Island.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Louisiana, Army Corps at Odds over Repair of Barrier Island Hit by TS Cristobal

Tropical Storm Cristobal ate away the beach of Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island to the huge sand-filled tube at the core of a protective levee, and the Army Corps of Engineers says permits and studies keep it or anyone else from repairing much of the beach until well after hurricane season.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Construction Underway on Components for Permanent Bayou Chene Floodgate

Governor John Bel Edwards announced construction is now underway on components of a permanent floodgate on Bayou Chene below Morgan City that will provide flood protection for portions of six parishes.

Northeast
Engineering

RI - Plans for New Wind Port at Controversial South Quay Advance

Gov. Gina Raimondo is pushing new development to lift Rhode Island’s coronavirus-plagued economy out of recession.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Flagler Beach Property Owners Delay Dune Project

Flagler Beach dune project stalled. Funding could go to another coastal city.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - State OKs Standards for Beach Fill Projects, Other Coastal Development Rules

MOREHEAD CITY — State standards for beach fill projects remain unchanged, with state officials Thursday readopting technical standards for such efforts.

Northeast
Engineering

NJ - Jersey Shore Mayor Says DEP is Playing Politics Over Dune Construction Violations

A Jersey Shore mayor is striking back against the state after it issued violation notices last month over what it terms illegal beach construction by the town.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Southern Shores Approves Agreement with Coastal Protection Engineering for Beach Nourishment Project

At their July 7 regular meeting, the Southern Shores Town Council approved a services agreement with Coastal Protection Engineering of North Carolina to move forward with their 2022 beach nourishment project.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Florida to Require Sea Level Studies for Coastal Public Construction Projects

Florida's new Public Financing of Construction law requires contractors on publicly funded coastal projects to study how those projects could be impacted by sea level rise before starting work.

Great Lakes
Engineering

OH - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Awards Contract to Dredge Maumee Bay

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District has awarded a $2.1 million contract to Ryba Marine and Constriction to conduct dredging of the federal navigation channel in Maumee Bay, located along Lake Erie in Toledo Harbor, in the City of Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

OR - Grassy Mountain Tailings Dam Design Receives Key Approval From Oregon Water Resource Department

Paramount Gold Nevada Corp. announced today that the Oregon Water Resource Department (“OWRD”) has reviewed and approved the plans and specifications for the tailings dam proposed for the Grassy Mountain mine and stated that from a safety perspective, the plans are construction-ready.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

WA - Blasting Begins on Middle Fork Nooksack Dam to Restore Salmon Habitat

Work has been underway at the site since the start of the year. The project will eventually restore 16 miles of fish habitat after the dam is removed.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - FPL Deploys Artificial Reef Ball Project to Stop Beach Erosion, Create Wildlife Habitat

In the shallow, warm, clear waters just off the beach in front of the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant on Hutchinson Island, a new creation is taking shape.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Anna Maria-Wide Beach Renourishment Under Way in Florida

The first of two phases of beach renourishment, approved by the Manatee County (FL) board of commissioners in October 2019, got under way July 2 to restore sand lost through erosion.

Northeast
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NH - Rep. Pappas announces funds to help build resilient coast in NH

RYE — Congressman Chris Pappas toured coastal infrastructure last Thursday and learned about an initiative to guard against future flood events.

International
Engineering

UK - Nuclear Plant And Scientists Fight Over Acoustic Fish Deterrent In The Severn Estuary

As Hinkley Point C power plant is being built in South West England, hundreds of thousands of fish living in the Severn estuary, including protected Atlantic salmon, may be under threat from the plant’s cooling turbines.

International
Engineering

IT - Venice keeps feet dry thanks to the Moses Dam

The timing could not have been better. As a priest sprinkled holy water into the Venice lagoon and exclaimed: “I invoke the blessing of God,” an enormous yellow metal barrier erupted from the water, followed by another, then another.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

VA - $100M in funding approved for Hampton Roads water improvement projects

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, in partnership with the Virginia Resources Authority, has closed a loan with Hampton Roads Sanitation District to finance $100 million of their Capital Improvement Plan and Sustainable Water Infrastructure for Tomorrow (SWIFT) Program.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Wilmington port project may be fast-tracked by presidential executive order

President Trump‘s order calling for agencies to use emergency powers to speed environmental review and permitting could fast-track Wilmington port project.

Northeast
Engineering

NJ - Ocean City North End Beach Replenishment Enters Next Step

The guarded Atlantic Beach has reopened, while some beach entrances are now closed.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Judge denies attempt to halt the dredging of Big Pass

Tardiness and inconsistent court filings cited in decision to let beach project proceed.

Great Lakes
Engineering

WI - State issues $100k+ in coastal management grants in Racine and Kenosha counties

MADISON — More than $100,000 has been allocated by the State of Wisconsin to manage the coastline in Racine and Kenosha counties.

International
Engineering

World - Collaboration on Nature-Based Solutions Is Key to Resilient City Infrastructure

Capital City, a (hypothetical) seaside metropolis, has a growing population. However, much of its infrastructure was built 100 years ago and is straining from deferred maintenance, unable to meet the city’s future needs.

International
Engineering

IND - Lakhwar dam on Yamuna River in India cleared, ignoring laws

Largest dam on the river, in an earthquake-prone biodiversity hotspot, will risk one of the few habitats left for the endangered golden mahseer

Coastwide
Engineering

USA - US offshore wind sector moving ahead

Offshore wind is whirring ahead in US waters, albeit on a slower trajectory than its most ardent supporters had hoped.

Great Lakes
Engineering

WI - State issues coastal management grants to Kenosha, Racine area projects

More than $100,000 has been allocated by the State of Wisconsin to go toward managing the coastline in Kenosha and Racine counties.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

MD - Maryland Waterway Improvement Fund Awards $13.5 Million

Projects Funded Statewide for Improved Boating Access, Navigation, and Safety.