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VA - Almost $10 million poured into Chesapeake Bay watershed restoration

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have awarded $9.6 million in grants to support the restoration and conservation of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

West Coast
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CA - Controversy grows over recipe for rodent problem on Farallon Islands: rat poison

Leon Panetta: ‘I don’t know if they would carpet bomb Yellowstone or Yosemite in order to deal with a mouse problem.’

West Coast
Federal

CA - Close to Home: A land grab at Point Reyes

The outcome of the battle to end the leases for the nearly 6,000 grazing cattle polluting Point Reyes National Seashore — the ecological heart of the protected 900-mile California coast — will have far-reaching impacts.

Northeast
Federal

DC - Biden Proposes $6.8 Billion For Corps Civil Works Program

The Biden administration has proposed a 12.9 percent funding cut for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works program, prompting pushback from an influential Democratic ally.

West Coast
Federal

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science News: Wetlands in Intermittently Closed Estuaries Can Build Elevation to Keep Pace With Sea Level Rise

Along the U.S. Pacific Coast, many estuaries are not permanently open to the ocean, but shift between open and closed states. A NCCOS-supported study tested the hypothesis that intermittently-closed estuary marshes are more resilient to sea-level rise than open-estuary marshes.

Coastwide
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USA - A Proclamation on National Ocean Month, 2021

Kickoff of National Ocean Month - Where do we go from here? The Administration sets the course.

Southeast
Federal

NC - North Topsail Beach Awarded $13.69 Million for Beach Restoration After Hurricane Florence

The 2021 Hurricane Season officially begins today, but one local town is getting help for a hurricane that impacted the region three years ago.

Coastwide
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US - NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) issues biological opinion on right whales

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration put out a new Biological Opinion on May 27 that includes a framework to reduce the mortality and serious injury of North Atlantic right whales in federal fisheries by up to 87 percent in the next 10 years.

Coastwide
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US - BUDGET: Biden plan boosts Army Corps' climate, justice missions

The Biden administration aims to sharpen the Army Corps of Engineers' mission to advance environmental justice and more aggressively tackle climate change.

Coastwide
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US - The USGS (United States Geological Survey) is Ready to Respond During the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season

The 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season starts June 1 and runs through November 30, and the U.S. Geological Survey is prepared to provide science that can help guide efforts to protect lives and property if a major storm makes landfall this season.

Coastwide
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US - Beleaguered by disaster damages, the U.S. may finally start spending on resilience

The Biden administration aims to direct billions to pre-disaster planning. But is it enough?

Gulf of Mexico
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FL - The Everglades are dying. An alliance between Biden and Republicans could save them

Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a $3.4bn deal to restore the freshwater preserve and Biden has earmarked funds to help

Southeast
Federal

NC - Cape Hatteras National Seashore Crafts Beach Nourishment Plan

Turbulent seas long have created problems for Cape Hatteras, a long barrier island off the North Carolina coast that is home to the country's first national seashore. Pounding waves and storm surge related to hurricanes and nor'easters shift beaches around, and even erase them.

Coastwide
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US - President Biden's Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Makes Significant Investments in USGS Initiatives

Budget proposal promotes science to address climate change, support economic growth, and inform balanced decisions regarding resources

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

AK - Biden administration defends Trump-era Alaska oil decision

U.S. government attorneys are defending a decision made during the Trump administration to approve a major oil project on Alaska’s North Slope. Critics say the action flies in the face of President Joe Biden’s pledges to address climate change.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

NC - Rep. David Rouzer weighs in on unresolved beach nourishment funding debacle

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Four months after first hearing federal funds for shoreline protection operations would not be available to New Hanover County, area officials are still in the process of diagnosing what went wrong and scrapping for replacement funds.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

AK - Appeal review for Pebble mine could take over a year, Army Corps of Engineers says

JUNEAU — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday it could take more than a year to weigh an appeal by a developer seeking to build a copper and gold mine in a region that supports the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery.

Coastwide
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US - Why local governments don't pay for costly disaster insurance

Experts worry that some federal disaster aid is creating perverse incentives for cities and states.

Coastwide
Federal

US - FEMA facing disaster overload and hurricane season hasn't started yet

NOAA’s outlook calls for a 60% chance of an above-average season with 13 to 20 named storms. The average for a season is 14 named storms.

Coastwide
Federal

US - FEMA's flood insurance overhaul could entrench inequities in coastal cities

Flood insurance is designed to help protect families from bankruptcy when disaster strikes. However, a new policy being rushed into place by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) threatens to transform the National Flood Insurance Program from a financial lifeline into a crippling financial burden for thousands of low-income families in coastal cities.

West Coast
Federal

CA - Dead in the water: Serious fish kill consumes the Klamath River

As it enters the Yurok Reservation, the Lower Klamath River is as picturesque as it gets. Clear water rushes over gentle rapids, framed by verdant hills and a cerulean sky. An untrained eye would never notice the devastation beneath the surface — save for the tiny fish floating lifeless in the water.

International
Federal

Int'l - What Corporate Executives Can Learn From How FEMA Prepares For Disasters

Business leaders who want to prepare for a crisis or update their crisis management plans could learn a lot from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA).

Southeast
Federal

VA - Guest Opinion: Congress should back Billion for the Bay Initiative

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and other mid-Atlantic governors and leaders recently submitted this letter to Congress seeking funding for Chesapeake Bay restoration.

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