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GOM - National Academies' Gulf Research Program Awards $8.6 Million to Promote Equity in Health and Community Resilience for At-Risk Communities

The Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today announced grant awards totaling $8.6 million for 11 new projects supporting health equity and community resilience. These awards are targeted to vulnerable communities in the Gulf of Mexico region at risk from the impacts of climate hazards and other threats.

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USA - Senate confirms new Coast Guard commandant — the first uniformed woman to lead a service

The Senate on Wednesday approved Adm. Linda Fagan to take over as the next Commandant of the Coast Guard, officially making her the first uniformed woman to lead a military branch.

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NC - 160 Years After Sinking, NOAA Scientists Plan to Survey USS Monitor

U.S. researchers and scientists will soon embark on a 10-day expedition to explore and investigate the shipwreck of the Civil War vessel USS Monitor, which sank 160 years ago off the North Carolina coast.

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USA - Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Supports Ecosystem Restoration

President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a major investment in the conservation and stewardship of America’s public lands that will lead to better outdoor spaces and habitats for people and wildlife for generations to come.

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USA - More States Want Power to Approve Wetlands Development

In 2020, Florida became just the third state—and the first in decades—to take over management of a key federal Clean Water Act program. Now, state rather than federal officials decide whether companies can dredge and fill wetlands and waterways for projects ranging from mining to housing developments to roads and bridges.

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USA - Congress is routing climate policy through the Army Corps of Engineers

A bipartisan bill is poised to fund massive climate adaptation projects — it just doesn’t call them that.

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USA - United States Announces Indigenous-Led Commitments at Our Ocean Conference 2022

The United States is committed to Indigenous-led conservation. Tribal and Indigenous communities have been the original stewards of land, waters, and wildlife since time immemorial. Many of the major milestones in protecting ocean areas under the jurisdiction of the United States resulted from the leadership of Tribes and Indigenous communities.

Mid-Atlantic
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VA - Virginia to benefit from new federal Chesapeake Bay funding allocation

A $22.5 million investment in conservation assistance will soon help USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service better respond to the high demand for services from Chesapeake Bay area farmers and offer new and targeted program signups to get more water quality practices on the ground.

West Coast
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CA - “It's their land”: Chumash Tribe one step closer to Central Coast marine sanctuary

On a foggy morning in Morro Bay, sea otters summersault in the harbor while fishermen heave gear onto their boats. Across the water, surfers rip across silver-blue waves. The Chumash can sometimes be seen climbing Morro Rock — one of many sacred sites along the bay.

Northeast
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NE - Narragansett Bay Estuary Program Awards $650K in Grants for Green Project Planning in RI and MA

The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program (NBEP), hosted at Roger Williams University, has announced $649,000 in planning grant awards to support green-infrastructure and capacity-building projects for municipalities, local organizations, and universities across Rhode Island and Massachusetts

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USA - Senate confirms Phillips to lead Maritime Administration

Former Navy officer and climate specialist to replace Acting Administrator Lucinda Lessley

Southeast
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GA - More money for sand at Tybee: U.S. Senate committee advances beach renourishment act

Tybee Island Storm Risk Management Act passed a key Senate committee, clearing the way to the Senate floor. The bill will extend federal funding for future beach renourishment projects.

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USA - Energy secretary explains why feds are spending $2.5 billion on carbon capture

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Energy announced it was taking its first steps to disburse the more than $2.3 billion for carbon capture technology included in Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

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USA - EPW Committee Announces Markup of Water Resources Development Act

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee leaders rolled out a bipartisan water resources bill on April 29 that would authorize about $24.6 billion in federal funds for 21 Army Corps of Engineers flood and hurricane protection, harbor dredging and other projects around the country.

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USA - Justice Department Launches Comprehensive Environmental Justice Strategy

The Justice Department announced Thursday it is taking a “series of actions to secure environmental justice for all Americans.” It includes a new office that will prioritize environmental justice and the climate crisis.

Mid-Atlantic
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Chesapeake Bay - Projects to help restore the Chesapeake Bay to get $40M in federal funding, EPA says

With more than 18 million people living within the Bay's watershed, the funding will help tackle issues that affect people and wildlife alike.

Gulf of Mexico
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USA - Watch The Air Force's New Ship-Killing Smart Bomb Snap A Vessel In Two

The Air Force has said it wants its new anti-ship version of the ubiquitous Joint Direct Attack Munition to have “torpedo-like” capabilities.

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USA - Heads up! Proposals for potential studies and projects are being accepted for the 2023 Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development. Proposals will be accepted for 120 days

Annually, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosts information sessions on the Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development, discussing the open Federal Register notice that invites non-Federal agencies to submit proposals for projects to be considered for the Report to Congress on Future Water Resources.

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USA - New USACE tools improve wetland delineation accuracy and efficiency

The ADS streamline wetland delineation data collection and reporting, facilitating responsible natural resource management and providing a valuable tool for the public.

Gulf of Mexico
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GOM - Interior Department Disburses Over $252 Million to Gulf States, Supporting Coastal Restoration and Conservation

The Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue today announced distribution of over $252 million in fiscal year 2021 energy revenues to the four offshore Gulf oil and gas producing states – Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas – and their coastal political subdivisions (CPS), such as counties and parishes.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - FAA needs another month to wrap up SpaceX environmental review in South Texas

The Federal Aviation Administration said it needs yet another month to complete its environmental review of proposed SpaceX activities in South Texas.

Southeast
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FL - Affected by toxic algal blooms? One Florida Congressman wants FEMA to help

Could the federal government's disaster-response agency help Floridians affected by toxic algal blooms, as it does after hurricanes and other natural disasters?

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USA - Biden Administration Walks Back Key Trump Era NEPA Regulation Changes

CEQ explains that these changes are necessary to “help ensure the proper scope of analysis that NEPA requires, including analysis of effects on climate change, communities with environmental justice concerns, and wildlife.”

Southeast
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FL - Marco Rubio Gets Support for Proposals to Help Infrastructure Deal With Severe Weather, Restoring Reefs

This week, the U.S. Senate Climate Solutions threw its support behind U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s, R-Fla., “Restoring Resilient Reefs Act” and “Built to Last Act.”

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USA - 81% of Flood Insurance Policyholders Will See Rate Increases, Report Says

When the Federal Emergency Management Agency rolled out a major overhaul to its beleaguered National Flood Insurance Program last April, it promised that bigger, richer homes would bear the brunt of premium increases, while almost 90 percent of policyholders would see their costs stay stable or decrease.