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USA - NOAA opens applications for Coastal Management Fellowships

"Creating the next generation of coastal leaders" -- That’s what drives these fellowship programs. The programs also contribute to the Office for Coastal Management’s ongoing efforts to address coastal challenges using sound science and strong partnerships.

Coastwide
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USA - US Army Corps Announces Spending Plan (with News Compilation)

The U.S. Army on Wednesday announced the Civil Works studies, projects and programs that the Corps would implement in Fiscal Year 2022 with the $22.81 billion in supplemental funding provided in two recently enacted laws — the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act; and the 2022 Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.

West Coast
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CA - NOAA Seeks Public Comment on Draft Management Plan for Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Through Feb. 24, 2022, the draft management plan and draft environmental assessment are available for download, review, and public comment. See details below for document access, public meeting information, and instructions on commenting.

Coastwide
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USA - Army Corps of Engineers Announces Port Infrastructure, Disaster Mitigation Investments

$100 million is designated for studies of proposed projects in the four states where major disasters were declared in FY 2021 due to Hurricane Ida.

Coastwide
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USA - Army Corps of Engineers gets $14 billion to help ease supply chains

(AP) - The Biden administration on Wednesday announced the release of $14 billion to the Army Corps of Engineers to fund 500 projects, with a focus on easing supply chain problems and addressing climate change.

Coastwide
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USA - WRDA UPDATE: Transportation Committees Prep New Waterways Bill

Congressional transportation policymakers recently announced plans to kick off consideration of legislation aimed at improving the country’s transportation waterways.

Coastwide
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USA - EPA Releases Draft Environmental Justice Plan - Environment - United States

On January 5, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft Environmental Justice Action Plan. The Action Plan outlines measures that have been or will be implemented by EPA's Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM) to address environmental justice (EJ) concerns in OLEM programs, including Superfund, emergency response, and risk management.

Northeast
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USA - Regional Climate Pact's Future Is Now a Tale of Two Governors

A regional climate pact among Northeast states faces increasing uncertainty as two of its most recent additions are already mulling whether to get out.

Coastwide
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USA - Recovering America's Wildlife Act: Conservationists' hope for species at risk

Piping plover. Atlantic sturgeon. American shad. Red knot. Horseshoe crab. Bog turtle. These are just some of the thousands of depleting species in this region that conservationists are working to preserve.

Gulf of Mexico
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USA - NOAA Bans Mexico's Gulf of Mexico Fishing Fleet From US Ports

NOAA has banned all Mexican fishing vessels that operate in the Gulf of Mexico from calling at U.S. ports, effective February 7.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

HI - NOAA Releases 2021 Hawaii Marine Debris Action Plan - DeeperBlue.com

The 2021 Hawaii Marine Debris Action Plan has been announced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program (MDP).

Northeast
Federal

CT - NOAA Designates Southeastern CT as 30th Estuarine Research Reserve

Project Partners and Congressional Delegation Members Applaud Designation of “Living Laboratory” That Will Protect Habitat and Provide Expanded Research, Education, and Stewardship Opportunities

Coastwide
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USA - More Coastal Areas Join Forces Over New Flood Risk Rating System

Despite studies showing a new federal flood-risk rating is more equitable and accurate, opposition to higher flood insurance rates continues to build in some parts of the country.

Coastwide
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USA - Porcari outlines Biden Administration's initiatives to reduce port congestion

John Porcari, the Biden-Harris Administration’s Port Envoy, warned that long-standing shortfalls in U.S. infrastructure spending going back generations have created a reliance on an infrastructure “that our grandparents built.”

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

HI - 'We Can't Just Talk About It Anymore': Hawaii's Legislature Will Take On Climate Change

The Environmental Legislative Caucus plans to announce a package of climate change measures the first week of the 2022 session.

Gulf of Mexico
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GOM - D.C. Circuit may ax Interior offshore leases on NEPA grounds

A federal appeals court yesterday appeared ready to strike down an environmental review underpinning two 2018 Gulf of Mexico lease sales.

Coastwide
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USA - Analysis | The first offshore wind lease sale under Biden is coming soon. Will the fishing industry intervene?

The Interior Department is expected to greenlight the first offshore wind lease sale under President Biden as soon as this week, a move that would lower the nation's reliance on the fossil fuels that are dangerously warming the planet.

Northeast
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RI - Federal grant offers 'blue economy' opportunity for URI, Ocean State

With a billion dollars at stake, Rhode Island residents are one step closer to what could be a revolutionary, new "blue economy" thanks to the “Build Back Better Regional Challenge, a U.S. Economic Development Administration program designed to develop and scale regional industry along with training a new workforce.

Pacific Northwest
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OR - Sunflower sea stars being considered for Endangered Species Act protections

Sunflower sea stars, a large 24 armed marine predator that lives on the West Coast, are one step closer to receiving protections under the Endangered Species Act. The National Marine Fisheries Service announced Monday that they will open a public comment period on sunflower sea star protection.

West Coast
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CA - Extension of Public Comment Period for the Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

On November 10, 2021, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published a Notice of Intent to conduct scoping and to prepare a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary.

West Coast
Federal

CA - Lisa Wooninck named superintendent of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

MONTEREY — NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries on Wednesday announced the appointment of Lisa Wooninck as superintendent of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, according to a news release from the sanctuary.

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USA - Heritage Foundation Commentary: Supreme Court Can, Should Resolve the Waters of the United States Issue

For decades, there has been major confusion regarding what waters are regulated under the Clean Water Act.

Southeast
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NC - Federal government sends North Carolina $26M for storm-related road repair

(The Center Square) – North Carolina will receive more than $26 million in federal aid to repair roads and highways damaged by storms and other natural disasters.