Federal

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

MS - Disaster loans: Closed Mississippi beaches hurt businesses

The federal agency says that in addition to coastal Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties in Mississippi, the declaration covers adjacent counties and parishes.

Pacific Northwest
Federal

WA - FEMA threat draws rebuke from county

Whidbey Island County commissioners are “aghast” at recent actions taken by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that could affect local shoreline property owners.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

AL - Dept. of Conservation soliciting requests for gulf coast conservation project funding

The Alabama Department of Conservation announced Monday that interested parties can begin submitting project proposals they wish to be funded through Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) monies.

International
Federal

UK - Threatened seabirds on Teesside and Solent coast to get extra protection.

A new conservation area is to be created and an existing one extended in a bid to protect the breeding grounds of threatened seabirds.

Northeast
Federal

ME - Feds to spend $30M to restore fish habitats Down East

A state project to help four species of fish pass more easily between the ocean and lakes and rivers in eastern Washington County is getting a $30 million boost from the federal government.

Coastwide
Federal

NOAA wraps up awards on $3B 'ProTech' services vehicle

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has made the fourth and final set of awards as part of a broader professional and technical services contract vehicle to support the agency’s environmental intelligence gathering mission.

Coastwide
Federal

NOAA signals strong appetite for radio occultation

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seeks to dramatically increase the supply of radio occultation soundings it feeds into weather forecast models.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

NC - Rule Change May Threaten Coastal Areas

The U.S. Department of Interior Secretary’s reversal of a rule that limited where sand within federally restricted coastal zones may be placed is a change that makes good economic sense, proponents say, but one that environmentalists say is a step backward in protecting sensitive coastal resources.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

TX - USACE, Jefferson County Ink CSRM Partnership Agreement

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Galveston District and the Jefferson County Drainage District No. 7 (DD7) are set to begin construction of the Port Arthur and Vicinity Coastal Storm Risk Management Project (CSRM).

Coastwide
Federal

NOAA phases out paper nautical charts

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is phasing out traditional paper navigation charts, but one NOAA official says the chart for Carteret County should last through the year.

Coastwide
Federal

NOAA celebrating Golden Anniversary throughout 2020

NOAA is kicking off a year-long celebration to mark its upcoming 50th anniversary. Since its inception on October 3, 1970, NOAA has become one of the world’s premier science agencies that protects life and property, leads stewardship of the ocean and Great Lakes, and drives the blue economy — a mission that spans from the surface of the sun to the floor of the ocean.

Great Lakes
Federal

IL - While Lake Michigan pounds Chicago shore, Trump administration delays protections

The lake is claiming beachfront homes, flooding basements, submerging piers, closing parts of Lake Shore Drive and bike paths, and washing away beaches.

West Coast
Federal

CA - That rust on your shower head? It’s a $6-billion problem for the Navy, cruise ships and more

It’s a $6-billion scourge that afflicts Navy destroyers, cruise ships and historic vessels like the Queen Mary without fear or favor.

International
Federal

Canada - Canada imposing mandatory gear marking for some fisheries in 2020

Hundreds more fishermen in Atlantic Canada are being drawn into the effort to protect endangered right whales this year.

Southeast
Federal

FL - Reefs and fisheries in the Keys need help, but state and feds are at odds over what to do

The head of the state agency in charge of wildlife management said in a statement Wednesday that his agency, not the federal government, should be the one to decide if more areas of the Florida Keys would be off limits to commercial and recreational fishing.

Coastwide
Federal

FEMA Renews $1.3 Billion Reinsurance for Flood Program with 27 Carriers

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) FEMA reported its 2020 traditional reinsurance placement for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in a transaction in which 27 private reinsurers assumed $1.33 billion of NFIP’s financial risk.

Coastwide
Federal

The climate policy milestone that was buried in the 2020 budget

When President Trump signed a $1.4 trillion spending package in December to keep the government funded through 2020, there was a climate policy milestone buried in the budget. For the first time ever, the government allocated funding for a federal agency to conduct geoengineering research.

Northeast
Federal

NH - EPA Proposes Long-Awaited Permit Targeting Great Bay Water Pollution

Federal regulators are proposing a new way to limit water pollution from a dozen towns surrounding Great Bay.

International
Federal

Economic trends in Atlantic Canada you need to be prepared for

Canada is set to join a growing club of “super-aged societies,” with a new report calling the 2020s a “demographic time bomb” that will see seniors become a quarter of the country's population.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

AK - Sitka objects to ‘critical habitat’ designation for humpback whales

The City of Sitka has gone on record opposing a proposed federal rule that would create special protections for humpback whales in Southeast waters, even though most of the whales that feed in the region are not listed as endangered or threatened.

Southeast
Federal

FL - Right Whales Migrate Down Florida East Coast

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – Endangered right whales are migrating south along Florida’s east coast and were spotted near Daytona Beach, Florida on January 1, 2020.

Northeast
Federal

ME - Facing new threats, lobstermen take hard line against right whale protections

Their catch this year has plummeted, while their exports to China have been gutted by the trade war. The government has imposed strict quotas on their primary bait. And they’re facing serious lawsuits that could affect how they fish.

International
Federal

Other people of this remote Canadian island village are taking government money to clear out, but one couple is staying

Mike Parsons always dreamed of retiring to his hometown of Little Bay Islands. But when he and his wife moved back to the four-square-mile outpost off Newfoundland's northeastern coast in 2017, he never imagined they'd be its last inhabitants.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

LA: Do lawsuits seeking billions of dollars to repair Louisiana’s coast belong in federal court?

Local governments across south Louisiana are suing oil and gas companies over alleged damage to the state’s fragile coastline. Billions of dollars are at stake.

International
Federal

Editorial from Japan: Collective action needed to meet existential threats

Two threats loom large as the third decade of the 21st century begins. While they manifest in starkly different ways, both are the product of human behavior. Both will profoundly shape our lives in the years to come — and there is little sign that we as a species are addressing and mitigating the consequences of either challenge. And, most alarming, only collective action will work. No matter how motivated some of us may be, failure to work together will ensure that these challenges overwhelm us.

International
Federal

Costa Rica creates National Lifeguard Corps to protect nation’s beaches

The Costa Rican government last week signed a law creating a National Lifeguard Corps to increase safety on the nation’s beaches.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

AK: Final impact statement for Pebble Mine delayed for three months

Army Corps of Engineers says it will take the time to review public comments

Southeast
Federal

FEMA Awards Nassau County More than $1.2 Million for Beach Re-nourishment

ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA has approved $1,241,315 for the State of Florida to help Nassau County defray the cost of repairing beach and dune erosion on South Amelia Island following Hurricane Irma. Funding is provided under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.

Pacific Northwest
Federal

A modest proposal for hunting sea otters

As the marine mammal takes a bite out of the fishing industry, some are asking if it’s time to cut down on otter numbers.

Pacific Northwest
Federal

Dry conditions fuel salmon die-off on Oregon coast

Fishing for fall chinook is now banned in multiple rivers on Oregon’s north coast because extremely dry conditions have fueled a widespread die-off of the species.

Coastwide
Federal

U.S. House Votes to Boost Funding for Coastal Protection

Proposes funding for natural infrastructure, make D.C. eligible for coastal funding. Republicans say the legislation is unnecessary, sets arbitrary limits

Coastwide
Federal

Study shows growing ocean damage as protection bills languish

Finds most ocean acidification, which harms marine life and coastal economies, has been triggered by 88 companies, including Exxon Mobil

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

Sea Urchins To The Rescue: Florida Researchers Launch Breeding Program To Help Revive Ailing Reefs

Florida has an underappreciated secret weapon to help heal its ailing reefs: prickly sea urchins.

Great Lakes
Federal

House Passes Kilmer Coastal Protection Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday voted to approve a package of bipartisan bills to protect vulnerable coastal and Great Lakes communities impacted by climate change.

Southeast
Federal

Florida Keys Sanctuary Announces $100 Million Coral Restoration Program

KEY LARGO (CBSMiami/FKNB) – NOAA and its Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Monday announced an intent to raise almost $100 million to restore seven iconic coral reef sites off the Florida Keys.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

$226 Million in Projects Finalized for Deepwater Horizon Restoration in the Gulf

This is the largest dedication of oil spill settlement funds to restore fish, sea turtles, marine mammals, and deep-sea coral habitat to date.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

NC - FEMA Awards $54.9 M in Grants to Emerald Isle and Holden Beach

North Carolina and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials announced Thursday more than $54.9 million in hurricane- and tropical storm-related public assistance grants have been approved for Emerald Isle and Holden Beach.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

Homeowners along Texas coast want the rest of us to help defend their risky choices

Owners of hurricane-prone properties are trying to pass the price of their high-risk choices onto all Texas property insurance holders this week, manipulating a little-observed corner of state politics while most of us are not paying attention.

International
Federal

Naval Resupply Advance Gives China New Edge in Maritime Disputes

A Chinese military supply ship has made its first transfer from a civilian vessel, Chinese media say. Routine though that may sound, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported that the mid-November operation near the southeast coast kicks off a bigger program to resupply naval ships without requiring a return to shore.

Caribbean
Federal

​​$1.4 Million in Grants to Support Coral Reef Conservation Awarded by NFWF

Fourteen grants address management efforts, land-based runoff and capacity-building

Caribbean
Federal

Antigua: Gov’t to acquire beach access lands from Jolly Harbour

A resolution to compulsorily acquire the access area to the beach at Jolly Harbour was passed smoothly in the Lower House of Parliament, yesterday, with no objection.

Pacific Northwest
Federal

FOR SALE: The Navy’s First Operational Hydrofoil

For the low-low price of a loaded Chevy Tahoe Premier, you could be the proud owner of the Navy’s first operational hydrofoil — the former USS High Point (PCH-1).

Coastwide
Federal

Coastal Resilience Projects Receive Federal Grant Support

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), joined by partners Shell and TransRe, announced $30 million in new grants to support coastal resilience projects in 23 states and U.S. territories.

Coastwide
Federal

Carbon Offset Programs Are Failing as Climate Solutions

New reports are questioning the effectiveness of cap-and-trade programs against climate change in California and for East Coast states. Emissions in California and globally are projected to skyrocket in the decades ahead unless significant action is taken.

Caribbean
Federal

A Review of the Atlantic Hurricane Season of 2019

An ultraintense hurricane—Dorian—and multiple destructive slow-moving storms: Are they harbingers of the future?