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NC - What this Biden administration ruling could mean for New Hanover beach town renourishment projects

Beach nourishment projects in New Hanover County could soon be even more complicated because of a new interpretation of a federal law known as the Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA).

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

TX - Billion-dollar benefit: Gulf Coast Protection District aims to fund coastal barrier project

Nearly 13 years since it was first proposed, the coastal barrier between Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula is one milestone closer to reality with the creation of the Gulf Coast Protection District.

West Coast
Federal

CA - Coastal Commission to consider Pacific Grove coastal plan amendment

The city of Pacific Grove and Comstock, developer of the proposed ATC – Pacific Grove Hotel and Commercial Project, await a decision by the California Coastal Commission at its upcoming meeting in August on approval of an amendment that would affect the project proposed for the American Tin Cannery site.

Coastwide
Federal

DC - Huffman, Case Introduce the Sustaining America’s Fisheries for the Future Act, Legislation to Update Federal Fisheries Management

Today, Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), Chair of the Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee, and subcommittee member Ed Case (D-Honolulu) introduced the Sustaining America’s Fisheries for the Future Act, legislation to update and reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), the primary law governing federal fisheries management and conservation that has made the U.S. a global leader in sustainable fisheries.

Northeast
Federal

DC - Rubio, Posey Reintroduce Legislation to Improve Flood Hazard Identification in FEMA Maps

Washington, D.C., Jul 22 2021 — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Bill Posey (R-FL) reintroduced the Flood Insurance Rate Map Interagency Technology (FIRM IT) Act.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

NJ - United States: Governor Murphy Makes An Investment In The Future Of New Jersey's Offshore Wind Industry

New Jersey has set an ambitious goal to supply 7,500 MW of offshore wind energy to the State by 2030. In order to meet this goal, New Jersey will be required to provide port services to support the development of offshore wind farms. To that end, Governor Murphy included $200 million in the State's budget to construct an offshore wind port located in Salem County.

Coastwide
Federal

US - LeBoeuf Tapped as director of NOAA's National Ocean Service

Nicole LeBoeuf, with more than two decades of experience at NOAA, was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo as the assistant administrator for Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

TX - Redefine infrastructure for a resilient future

In February of this year, Texans faced a triple threat. There was the ongoing pandemic, with its devastating toll on lives and jobs. Then came the winter storms that crippled the state’s poorly prepared electrical grid.

Northeast
Federal

ME - The Antiquities Act Best Protects the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

As the United States grapples with how to address the impacts of the climate and biodiversity crises, policymakers should consider ways in which they can ensure the protection of ocean ecosystems and wildlife.

West Coast
Federal

WA - Gulf Research Program Opens Applications for Offshore Energy Safety Track of 2021 Early-Career Research Fellowship

The Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today announced it is now accepting applications for the Offshore Energy Safety track of the 2021 Early-Career Research Fellowship (ECRF). The fellowship period is Jan. 1, 2022 – Dec. 31, 2023.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

FL - Ponte Vedra Beach Storm Risk Study Is About To Start; U.S. Army Corps Wants Public Input

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking to get feedback from residents of St. Johns County as it prepares to conduct a study looking at coastal storm damages and risks along the shores of Ponte Vedra Beach.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

FL - Ponte Vedra Beach Storm Risk Study Is About To Start; U.S. Army Corps Wants Public Input

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking to get feedback from residents of St. Johns County as it prepares to conduct a study looking at coastal storm damages and risks along the shores of Ponte Vedra Beach.

Coastwide
Federal

US - Traveler Special Report: The Invasion Of The National Park System

Rising 30 feet and more above the blue waters of Lake Powell, the gray, crusty band of mussel shells reflects an invasion that has swept through the watery ecosystem practically unimpeded.

Coastwide
Federal

US - Americans Support Investing in Our Coasts—Congress Should Too

Home to nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population, America’s coasts and Great Lakes are central to life in this country. Americans look to the coast for economic opportunity, relaxation, and spiritual renewal.

Coastwide
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World - NOAA to take first step toward a small satellite constellation

It’s a good thing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has plenty of time to prepare for its next generation of polar-orbiting weather satellites — because the changes the agency is contemplating are dramatic.

Coastwide
Federal

US - The Time May Finally Be Ripe for a National Climate Service

This umbrella service could make it easier for communities to find information on climate risks, from drought to floods

Southeast
Federal

NC - Congress hears about local beach nourishment woes, Cooper adds his support

Talks about the lacking funds for local area beach nourishment projects, or Coastal Storm Damage Reduction, played out in Congress last month. Days after, Gov. Roy Cooper stationed himself among a group of state and national politicians working toward a solution.

Coastwide
Federal

US - Huffman and others introduce Bicameral Bill to protect America’s Coastal Regions

U.S. Representatives Jared Huffman (D-Calif.-2) and Jennifer González-Colón (R-P.R.), along with U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), have introduced legislation that would reauthorize the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Coastal Program, which brings together FWS activities in priority coastal areas along the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Gulf of Mexico, Great Lakes, and in the Caribbean.

Gulf of Mexico
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FL - Groups Say FL Coasts Need Federal Dollars to Mitigate Storm Impacts

Environmental groups are urging federal lawmakers to allocate $10 billion in the upcoming infrastructure package for coastal restoration projects to prevent flooding and bolster the economy.

Coastwide
Federal

US - EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) Announces Plans to Strengthen Environmental Justice Through Criminal Enforcement

The acting head of the EPA’s enforcement office issued a memorandum on June 21, 2021 (the “Memorandum”), that outlines actions to advance the EPA’s…

Coastwide
Federal

US - EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) Prioritizes Criminal Enforcement Activity In Environmental Justice Communities: What Companies Need To Know

Companies should understand the significance of a June 21, 2021 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA” or “Agency”) memorandum entitled “Strengthening Environmental Justice Through Criminal Enforcement.”

Coastwide
Federal

US - EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) Announces $1.1+ Million in BEACH Act Grants to New England States

BOSTON — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced funding to carry out beach water quality monitoring and public notification programs in the five coastal New England states. EPA is awarding a total of $1,111,000 between for Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire to assist in these efforts.

Southeast
Federal

NC - Gov. Cooper writes letter urging feds to include New Hanover beaches among renourishment projects this year

Governor Roy Cooper is urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reinstate federal funding for beach renourishment projects in New Hanover County this year.

Southeast
Federal

SC - Sen. Graham’s earmark: $12M for Interstate 73 to South Carolina beaches

Sen. Lindsey Graham is pushing for federal funding to help construct a new interstate in South Carolina, connecting I-95 to Myrtle Beach. He told The Associated Press he’s formally requesting $12 million to revive a project that has been delayed for decades.

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