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Northeast
Federal

Dead right whale off New York raises toll — and pressure on NOAA

A dead North Atlantic right whale found floating off New York’s Long Island Monday afternoon could raise the official death toll of the endangered species to 29 in the last two years, jacking up pressure on the U.S. and Canadian governments to slow those losses.

Coastwide
Federal

New Regulations Reform Implementation of Endangered Species Act

Long-sought reforms to Endangered Species Act (ESA) implementation have arrived. On August 27, 2019, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) finalized regulations (the 2019 Regulations) intended to make ESA listing decisions, critical habitat designations, and agency consultations more transparent and efficient while still protecting listed species.

Southeast
Federal

Florida. NOAA Backs Coral Restoration Foundation with more than $2.5 Million to Restore Florida's Coral Reefs

MIAMI, FL / ACCESSWIRE / September 16, 2019 / NOAA has officially awarded Coral Restoration Foundation™ a grant of $2,575,016 as part of a new, cooperative, three-year agreement.

Coastwide
Federal

Taxpayers foot bill for risky coastal "McMansions," new book argues (With ASPN interview)

Book review: In “The Geography of Risk,” reporter Gilbert M. Gaul assesses the costs of beach overdevelopment -- and who pays for it Note: Listen to Gilbert Gaul on ASPN's Ship o Shore Podcast, hosted by Robert Frump; link at end of article.

Coastwide
Federal

Slow U.S. flood buyback programs, rising waters, threaten homeowners

U.S. needs better policy for flood zones, says NRDC report, or risks “cycle of flood-rebuild-repeat”

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

Hurricane Dorian reshaped part of the Outer Banks shoreline, Park Service says

Dorian’s landfall in the Outer Banks of North Carolina did more than flood coastal communities — it reshaped parts of the barrier islands, early damage assessments show.

Northeast
Federal

Call for unity to protect right whales between Northeast and Canada

BOSTON — Canadian premiers and U.S. governors in the Northeast need to take active steps to protect imperiled North Atlantic right whales from ship strikes and fishing gear entanglement, according to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

Coastwide
Federal

Body Counts in Dive Boat and Duck Boat Tragedies Could Resolve Long Simmering Issues Between Coast Guard and NTSB Over Tougher Safety Standards for Small Passenger Vessels Used by Millions of People

The US Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board finally may be heading to a high level showdown over long-standing NTSB proposals for tougher regulations protecting passengers on small passenger vessels and duck boats – vessels used by millions of people per year.

Coastwide
Federal

Hurricane Dorian highlights urgent need for improved forecasts

The catastrophic impacts of Hurricane Dorian are a grim reminder of the need to invest in research and technology to improve forecasts of hurricanes and other storms. Weather prediction has become significantly more reliable in recent years, but we still need far more precise forecasts of the track, intensity and timing of hurricanes to safeguard society.

Coastwide
Federal

Gulfstream G550 earns Hurricane Hunter order from NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has established a contract for a Gulfstream G550 to join its Hurricane Hunter fleet of aircraft. The aircraft will support NOAA’s weather forecasting and research programmes.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

Bipartisan bill aims to restore the Great Lakes, increase funding

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is the largest investment in the Great Lakes in two decades. Federal agencies use GLRI resources to strategically target the biggest threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem and to accelerate progress toward long term goals.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

NOAA: Innovative Monitoring Activities Will Improve Understanding of Stressors on Gulf Whales and Dolphins

The Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group approved new monitoring and adaptive management activities to help better understand environmental conditions that impact marine mammals injured by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The species include pantropical spotted and other oceanic dolphins, and sperm whales.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

Famed Cape Hatteras Light “Stuck” in Fixed Position; U.S. Coast Guard to Examine Issue

The beacon at the top of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has stopped rotating, and has been stuck in a fixed position since Sunday night, according to several Buxton residents and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

Maui County: We’re Not Trying To Gut The Clean Water Act

Recent studies show conservation measures in West Maui are improving the health of reefs and fish.

Coastwide
Federal

HUD Announces $6.875 billion in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) Funds

This notice allocates $6.875 billion in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds to grantees recovering from qualifying 2015, 2016, and 2017 disasters. Funds allocated by this notice were made available by the Further Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2018 (Pub. L. 115-123, approved February 9, 2018) (the “Appropriations Act”).

Coastwide
Federal

Fake Claims, Price Gouging, Bogus Contractors: How Fraudsters Steal Disaster Aid

As the scale and frequency of major disasters escalate, millions of dollars in federal, state and insurance payments intended for recovery efforts are being stolen by fraudsters taking advantage of chaos and the pipeline of aid flowing into the stricken areas.

Southeast
Federal

Florida - Eight no-fishing zones proposed in the Keys to protect threatened corals and marine life

Recognizing that the Florida Keys are increasingly at risk due to climate change and the volume of people going there, federal environmental regulators Tuesday unveiled major new proposals to protect marine life and corals that would limit fishing, restrict what cruise ships can dump at sea and regulate the boats on which many people live near shore.

Pacific Northwest
Federal

Increasing the abundance of a threatened or endangered species can deliver large economic benefits

A new study provides evidence that increasing the abundance of a threatened or endangered species can deliver large benefits to the citizens of the Pacific Northwest.

Caribbean
Federal

St. Thomas, USVI: Governor Continuing to Press FEMA

Richard Motta, director of communications for Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., addresses the media at Government House, St. Croix to press for release of hurricane recovery funds.

Coastwide
Federal

NFWF Announces New Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund

More than $48 million available to support coastal communities impacted by hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Yutu and wildfires in 2018 through building natural infrastructure resilience

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

North Carolina - HUD releases $168 million in NC hurricane relief money after a year-long delay

RALEIGH - The U.S. Office of Housing and Urban Development intends to publish within weeks a Federal Register notice that is required for North Carolina to receive a $168 million Hurricane Matthew disaster relief package, a HUD senior official said Friday.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

$2.7 Million Awarded for Marine Debris Removal and Research

“Marine debris removal and research efforts have both immediate and long-term benefits for local communities, regional interests, and the American Blue Economy,” said retired Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., assistant secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and deputy NOAA administrator. “

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

GOMESA: Senators introduce federal offshore revenue reform bill to increase funds to Gulf coast states

US Sen. Bill Cassidy, chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s Energy Subcommittee, and ENR Committee Chair, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, introduced legislation on Aug. 2 that aims to reform federal offshore revenue-sharing for Gulf Coast states.

International
Federal

Irish see climate as key problem to tackle at EU level

One-third of Irish people now view climate change as a top issue for the European Union to tackle, a new poll has revealed.

Coastwide
Federal

U.S. and Canadian Officials Discuss Next Steps in North Atlantic Right Whale Protection

A message from NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Chris Oliver, who recently met with Canadian officials to coordinate conservation and management efforts for the endangered North Atlantic right whale.

Great Lakes
Federal

Sen. Rob Portman frustrated by continuing algal blooms on Lake Erie

Sen. Rob Portman’s three-day Lake Erie Tour wrapped up on Saturday with a Lake Erie fishing trip out of the Chagrin River, and a roundtable discussion at nearby Lakeline Village Hall.

Southeast
Federal

Florida Delegation on Capitol Hill Champions Coral Reef Conservation

Members of the Florida congressional delegation are working together to push for updating and reauthorizing the “Coral Reef Conservation Act” which expired 15 years ago.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

U.S. House approves more money for red tide research, mitigation

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved the first federally funded economic impact study of toxic algae blooms since 2006 and a proposal to increase funding for research into ways to mitigate or stop red tide outbreaks by $2 million to $12 million.

Great Lakes
Federal

'Seeking A New Normal': More Water In Mississippi River System Requires New Strategies

Inland Oceans: Increased Precipitation Across Mississippi River Basin Impacting Water Levels, River Use

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

NOAA Sanctuary will preserve Maryland shipwrecks

NOAA today officially designated its first new national marine sanctuary since 2000, aiming to preserve the remains of more than 100 World War I-era steamships and vessels on an 18-square-mile stretch of the Potomac River coast.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

Alaska gives federal agency long Pebble Mine to-do list

If you thought the administration of newly elected Alaska governor Mike Dunleavy would use the US Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) invitation for comments on its draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Pebble Mine to offer up an unconditional love letter on behalf of the massive copper, gold and molybdenum open pit mine in Bristol Bay, think again.

Coastwide
Federal

$950,000 in Funding for NOAA’s Habitat Focus Areas

NOAA announces $950,000 in funding for habitat restoration in six Habitat Focus Areas.

Coastwide
Federal

New BOEM Report Projects Future OCS Sand Resource Needs

In recent years, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Marine Minerals Program (MMP) has seen an increase in both the number of requests and volume of Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) sediment for coastal restoration projects. This is largely driven by diminishing resources in state waters, the frequency and magnitude of storms along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts, and new infrastructure projects.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

Small business is big business for Honolulu District USACE

The Honolulu District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Small Business Office (SBO) was one of several government agencies looking to discuss contracting opportunities to small businesses looking to start or expand opportunities as a government contractor June 18, 2019, at the 17th Annual Hawaii Small Business Forum held at the Honolulu Country Club.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

Legislation would boost Gulf Coast Oil & Gas revenue sharing (GOMESA)

"Our bill ensures that these increased revenues will be committed to projects that restore the coast, protect our coastal communities from hurricanes and other disaster and, ultimately, reduce our nation’s outrageous disaster response costs." Cong. Garret Graves. And, catch Cong. Graves on ASPN's Capitol Beach Podcast with Derek Brockbank.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

Sen Cassidy of Louisiana speaks out for US Gulf Coast Restoration Funding

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), during a recent Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, defended the use of offshore energy revenue sharing funds that support Louisiana's coastalrestoration efforts.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

Large quantities of munitions fired, dropped into Gulf of Mexico Test Range

Today, the Gulf of Mexico continues to be an ongoing repository for munitions, although for purposes other than mere disposal, and under tight safety and environmental controls.

Northeast
Federal

Maine political leaders promise to press Trump for lobster haulers opposed to new rules

Mainers who haul lobsters for a living do not kill right whales.That was the message from a rally at Stonington’s commercial fishing pier on Sunday attended by more than 500 people, including Gov. Janet Mills, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, and U.S. Reps. Jared Golden and Chellie Pingree.

International
Federal

Australian seaside town welcomes US Marines with open arms during massive exercise

BOWEN, Australia — Locals and vacationers in this small Australian town were eager to get to know U.S. Marines patrolling their streets this week as part of the biennial Talisman Sabre exercise.

Coastwide
Federal

Water Funding for Estuaries: The Glue That Guards Against Storm Devastation

Waterkeepers address estuaries as the first line of defense against devastating storms as they went before Congress to give testimony on re-authorization of the National Estuary Program under the Clean Water Act, along with several proposed funding bills.

Coastwide
Federal

Defense Wins Championships, but Offense Saves the Planet

Fossil fuels have run the clock down and we're coming up on a 2-minute warning. Can Humans make a quick turnaround to win this game?

Coastwide
Federal

Legislators seek to protect Sea Grant

Sea Grant program funding is regularly on the chopping block and legislators that pay attention work to keep this inexpensive and highly effective program running.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

After Bonnet Carré opening and algae bloom, coastal fishermen could get paid for losses

A bill proposed by Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith would help seafood workers on the Coast after a devastating season because of the opening of Bonnet Carré Spillway and invasion of algae bloom in the Mississippi Sound.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

FEMA & state reimburse Carteret County another $2M for Hurricane Florence Damage

DURHAM, North Carolina — In a release Wednesday, the state of North Carolina and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have reimbursed another $2.3 million to Carteret County for Hurricane Florence storm debris cleanup.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

North Carolina Residents Hit by 2 Hurricanes Still Waiting on Long-Term Aid

The heating and air conditioning in Carrie Johnson’s home – damaged by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 – still wasn’t fixed when Hurricane Florence flooded her house last September. Now, her home of over 50 years is gutted, the flooring and walls nothing more than bare wooden beams smelling faintly of river water.

Great Lakes
Federal

Reps. John Katko and Joe Morelle seek Eight-State Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study from Army Corps

Children run along the shores at Sodus Point Park, whose beach has suffered some erosion due to high lake levels. Reps. John Katko and Joe Morelle have introduced bipartisan legislation to require a Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study, which would allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to partner with the eight Great Lakes states on assessing threats and resiliency measures for coastal communities.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

FEMA awards Cape Coral $4.6 million for Hurricane Irma expenses

FEMA has approved $4,581,446 for the State of Florida to help the city of Cape Coral defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

EPA lifts preemptive barrier to Pebble mine

Just four weeks after releasing comments critical of a draft environmental impact statement on the proposed Pebble mine, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency withdrew Clean Water Act protections for the mine.