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Gulf of Mexico
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FL - Hurricane Michael damage wins 2021 DesignSafe Dataset Award

“The dataset is important because it captures near immediate perishable evidence of the performance of the built environment after Hurricane Michael,” Kijewski-Correa said. “It broadly assesses building performance over a large expanse of the impacted area and over a wide range of structural typologies.”

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Oak Island council OKs $17.5-million sand contract

Oak Island Town Council has approved a $17.5-million contract with Great Lakes Dredge and Dock to put sand along the western portions of the shore this winter.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - Hawaii OCCL Updates About Coastal Erosion

HONOLULU, HI (STL.News) The options available to land managers and owners of coastal properties facing serious beach erosion are limited, expensive, and unlikely to provide permanent fixes. That’s one of the conclusions of a presentation to the Board of Land and Natural Resources last Friday.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - A $5M beach renourishment project: 268,500 tons of sand coming to these Collier County beaches

Collier commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday to spend nearly $5 million to renourish three county beach areas with work set to begin late this month.

International
Engineering

Japan - This Pristine Beach Is One of Japan’s Last. Soon It Will Be Filled With Concrete

In rural Japan, the unstoppable forces of nature meet the immovable determination of the construction state. Can this village survive? (Paywall Applies)

International
Engineering

AUS - Collaroy sea wall: Work should stop immediately, objectors say

IT might be being billed as the multimillion-dollar solution to coastal erosion, but some residents say construction of a giant sea wall in Collaroy and Narrabeen should be stopped immediately.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - In Louisiana, restored nesting island wildly popular with birds

Pelicans, egrets, herons, ibis, terns, and other colonial water birds built about 6,100 nests on Rabbit Island — more than 16 times the number biologists had expected, a news release from the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority said.

Northeast
Engineering

NJ - When it comes to sand replenishment, the Sierra Club is all wet

Winston Churchill once said: “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” The same happens with the replenishment of beaches.

International
Engineering

World - In the green energy race, deep-sea mining is gaining momentum, consequences could be devastating

Three miles deep along the floor of the abyssal plains of the global oceans, trillions of black, round, rock-like nuggets are scattered and amassed. These rocks, called Polymetallic Nodules, are similar in size and appearance to partially burned charcoal briquettes and are a mixture of nickel, cobalt, manganese, and other rare earth metals.

Coastwide
Engineering

USA - Not a drill: Navy struggles to complete adaptation mission

The U.S. Navy is at war against a surging sea. It has yet to notch a victory.

International
Engineering

World - Engineers can drive change but COP26 must set the goals

The annual Conference of the Parties (COP) presents an opportunity for actors in the public, private and civil sectors of society to come together and create solutions towards anthropogenic climate change.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

Chesapeake - How future hurricanes could affect the Chesapeake Bay region, according to new research

If another Hurricane Isabel hit the Chesapeake Bay area a few decades from now, it could affect at least a million more people and cause $6 billion more in damage than when it landed in 2003, new research suggests.

Caribbean
Engineering

Bermuda - Scaled down plans to address coastal erosion at John Smith’s Bay approved

Caves at John Smith’s Bay are set to be largely filled in after slightly scaled-down plans to address coastal erosion at the beach were approved.

Coastwide
Engineering

USA - 25% of all critical infrastructure in the US is at risk of failure due to flooding, new report finds

As a massive investment to repair roads and adapt to climate change faces an uncertain fate in Congress, a new report finds much of the country's infrastructure is already at risk of being shut down by flooding. And as the planet heats up, the threat is expected to grow.

International
Engineering

Fiji - Seawall construction for Dakuinuku village commences

A 250-metre-long seawall is beginning construction in Dakuinuku, Tailevu, which is expected to protect more than 250 villagers and 50 homes.

Coastwide
Engineering

NJ - Beach replenishment hurts the environment, subsidizes wealthy homeowners, group argues

A coalition of environmentalists, waterfront access advocates and surf fisherman gathered on the Jersey Shore Thursday to denounce beach replenishment as an exercise in futility that destroys natural ecosystems and subsidizes wealthy beachfront homeowners at taxpayers’ expense, particularly as worsening storms resulting form climate change demand investment in more permanent solutions to beach erosion.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Scripps Institute of Oceanography leads state-funded coastal cliff collapse research

This research is the first step to the possible creation of an early warning system for cliff collapses.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Louisiana: Restored nesting island wildly popular with birds

RABBIT ISLAND, La. (AP) — Restoration of an island in Louisiana’s fragile coastal area is proving wildly popular with the birds it was rebuilt for, their numbers exploding on the recently added land, authorities said Wednesday.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Collier County beach renourishment project to repair damage from Hurricane Irma could cost $29 million

Collier County is implementing a Beach Renourishment Project to repair damage in 2017 from Hurricane Irma, including building surge barriers such as sand dunes.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Carteret County Receives Federal Grant For Radio Island Nourishment

Carteret County was awarded a $650,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense National Defense Community Infrastructure Program to partially fund shoreline and infrastructure protection measures on Radio Island.

Northeast
Engineering

CT - ‘There are tough tradeoffs’: Plan to raise West Haven’s Beach Street by 11 feet debated

“We coach and urge everyone to elevate, elevate, elevate. If you can’t, then protect: and that’s what raising the road would do,” said Doug Colter, the city’s flood plain manager.

Coastwide
Engineering

USA - Corps of Engineers considers nature-based flood control

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is known for damming rivers and building levees to keep waterways at bay. But a new initiative seeks natural flood control solutions as climate change brings increasingly frequent and severe weather events that test the limits of concrete and steel.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - New environmental technology could help the Indian River Lagoon, but proceed with caution

Across Volusia County, people who care about our community’s long-term environmental health have been united in fear and grief over the devastation slowly unfolding in the Indian River Lagoon. Water pollution is increasing. Seagrass beds are disappearing. Fish are losing their spawning sanctuaries. And manatees are starving to death.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Watch your step! Beach erosion in Jupiter closes third crossover this year, create steep drop-offs

JUPITER — Erosion has closed a third beach crossover along State Road A1A, according to a social-media post by the Town of Jupiter and barricades installed at the access point.