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Coastwide
Federal

USA - Beyer, Rooney Introduce Legislation to Boost NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Program

Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA-08) and Francis Rooney (R-FL) today introduced the Strengthening Coastal Communities Act, bipartisan legislation that would direct offshore wind revenues to NOAA’s Coastal Resilience Grants Program.

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USA - Trump Administration Announces $130 Million in Public-Private Funding for Wetland Conservation

Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced last week that the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission has approved more than $130 million in funding for various wetland conservation projects.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

VA - Governor Northam Releases Statement on Suit Against the EPA on Chesapeake Bay

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam, who serves as chair of the Chesapeake Executive Council, issued the following statement today after Virginia joined Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia in filing suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its failure to enforce the terms of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement which require partner states to reduce their pollution levels in the allotted time frame.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

MD - EPA hit with lawsuits over Chesapeake Bay cleanup

Making good on threats issued months ago, three Chesapeake Bay watershed states, the District of Columbia and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation took the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to court Thursday for its failure to push Pennsylvania and New York to do more to help clean up the Bay.

Coastwide
Federal

USA - What to Know About the Green New Deal

With sweeping declarations identifying a need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create thousands of high-paying jobs, the proposed Green New Deal superficially appears to be the climate legislation that green advocates have been waiting for.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

HI - Hawaii Marines Now Guarding the Nests of Endangered Species

Green sea turtles are now nesting at a windward Oahu beach where the military trains.

Northeast
Federal

ME - Maine lobster industry nets $2 million for research

Four of the nine research projects being funded will be conducted my Maine researchers and institutions

Northeast
Federal

CT - NOAA Imposes Strong Restrictions on Aquariums' Import of Captive Belugas for Research

Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and other animal and environmental protection groups applaud the Department of Commerce’s decision to prohibit Mystic Aquarium from breeding five captive-born beluga whales from Canada as part of an import permit issued Friday. The permit also precludes Mystic from training the whales for performance.

Coastwide
Federal

USA - US Said to Have Dropped the Ball on Protecting Threatened Grouper

WASHINGTON (CN) — Conservationists sued the Trump administration on Tuesday for failing to protect the Nassau grouper, one of the largest coral reef fish, four years after it was designated a threatened species.

Pacific Northwest
Federal

USA - Navy, State Clash Over Increased Testing That Could Harm Whales, Marine Life

BREMERTON — Navy and state leaders are at odds over a proposed rule for military testing in Puget Sound and coastal waters of Washington that allows the increased potential to harass and harm marine life, including the endangered and fragile Southern Resident orca population.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

TX - A Coral Reef Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico Could Triple in Size

The federally protected marine sanctuary has kept three major reefs safe from encroaching offshore oil drilling and commercial fishing.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

MS - Legislature Reaches Temporary Compromise on GOMESA Funds, but Further Disputes Could Come Next Session

The Department of Marine Resources finally has a budget almost two months after the start of the fiscal year, but the issues that led to the impasse will likely appear in next year’s session.

Northeast
Federal

USA - NOAA approves Mystic Aquarium to import 5 beluga whales

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has approved Mystic Aquarium’s request for a permit to import five beluga whales from a facility in Canada.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

MA - Barren Island restoration effort requests input

The authorized project consists of restoring Barren Island (72 acres), which is 100 percent wetland, in combination with the restoration of James Island (2,072 acres), with a habitat proportion of 45 percent upland to 55 percent wetland and an upland dike height of 20 feet above mean lower low water.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

SC - Agencies Want Water Lawsuit Dismissed

EPA, Corps of Engineers Ask South Carolina Court to Reject Case

Northeast
Federal

NE - EPA Coastal Restoration Grants Will Help Massachusetts and Rhode Island Communities

BOSTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) along with Restore America's Estuaries (RAE) announced the awarding of $1.8 million in new funding to local organizations working for clean water and healthy coastal ecosystems in Southeast New England.

Coastwide
Federal

USA - NOAA Allegedly Halts Scientific Integrity Probe on Endangered Whale Conservation

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has allegedly halted a probe into a case of possible political interference in conservation measures.

Coastwide
Federal

USA - Conservation Groups Challenge Trump Administration’s Attack on the Power of States and Local Residents to Protect Clean Water

CHARLESTON, S.C.—Conservation groups today challenged in federal court a Trump administration rollback of clean water protections that sharply curtails the ability of states and local residents to protect their drinking water, rivers, streams, wetlands, aquatic life, and other local interests.

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Federal

USA - WRDA Should Make Cost-Share Change Permanent

Despite the upcoming election frenzy and the myriad of things Congress has to deal with, negotiations between the House of Representatives and Senate to resolve differences between the two versions of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) in each chamber are ongoing, according to barge industry sources.

Coastwide
Federal

USA - What will it take for FEMA to take climate change seriously?

As Hurricane Douglas bore down on Hawaii and Hurricane Hanna threatened the eastern United States, FEMA administrator Pete Gaynor came clean about climate change. He admitted to Congress for the first time, that, yes, climate change does make storms worse.

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USA - Army Corps Proposes New Nationwide Permits for Seaweed and FinFish Aquaculture and Updates Existing Nationwide Permit for Shellfish Aquaculture (With bonus ASPN Podcast)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recently circulated a draft proposal to renew its existing Nationwide Permits (NWPs) as well as create two new NWPs that would authorize seaweed and finfish aquaculture in coastal waters.1