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These disaster projects could lose cash to Trump's wall

Mexico won't pay for President Trump's border wall. But Northern Californians might. Many of them live near the American River, one of the country's most flood-prone urban watersheds.

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Hurricane Florence Repairs At Camp Lejeune Will Cost Billions, And More Big Storms Are Likely

The Marine Corps says Camp Lejeune, N.C. needs $3.6 billion in repairs, as scientists warn climate change will lead to more big storms and affect military readiness.

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Law Tweaks Coastal Barrier Resource Act

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH – A portion of North Topsail Beach is being removed from a longstanding designation that exempts property owners from receiving federal aid.

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As the Shutdown Persists, Here Are 5 Ways It Will Impact Science

A second wave of closures looms as the government funding fight barrels towards a record-breaking fourth week. Thousands of U.S scientists are heading into their fourth week of enforced leave, the result of a prolonged government shutdown that began on 22 December.

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Government Shutdown Will Likely Delay New 2019 National Seashore Projects

The partial U.S. government shutdown, which entered its 21st day on Friday, January 11, will likely delay two new Cape Hatteras National Seashore projects which were slated to begin in early 2019 – the new parking area at Kite Point, and the new Buxton Beach Day Use Area.

Gulf
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Brad Drake bill would bring BP money to inland Northwest Florida

Rep. Brad Drake filed a bill Wednesday that would redirect settlement money from the BP oil spill into a new economic development fund in Northwest Florida.

Northeast
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BOEM suspends some Vineyard Wind forums

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management suspended public-comment talks in New Bedford and Narragansett, R.I., on the Vineyard Wind offshore wind project due to the government shutdown, and plans to reschedule them.

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Prolonged government shutdown could spell trouble for coral reef in Gulf of Mexico

As the days of the federal government shutdown increase, so, too, do the chances of an emergency happening on the coral reef system 100 miles off the coast of Galveston.

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At Canaveral National Seashore, government shutdown turns around joy seekers

NEW SMYRNA BEACH — One by one they came, visitors and locals, down the long stretch of South Atlantic Avenue with the “NO EXIT TO MAINLAND” signs.

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AccuWeather’s Barry Myers to Take Lead of NOAA

AccuWeather CEO Barry L. Myers has stepped down as officer and director and sold all his interest in the company to move into a role leading the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Myers' departure was effective Jan. 1.

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Shutdown Hits Coast Guard Academy, NOAA and MARAD

An estimated ten percent of the U.S. Coast Guard's employees have been furloughed due to the partial government shutdown, and most of those who remain working face uncertainty about their next paycheck. About 160 of the 260 staff at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy are among those who are off work until the shutdown ends, and students are set to return for the next semester on Sunday.

West Coast
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Teams free close to a third of whales found entangled in fishing gear, debris off U.S.

A higher than average number of whales got tangled up in fishing gear, lines and debris off the United States in 2017, the most recent year of data. In all, NOAA Fisheries reported 76 confirmed cases of large whales found entangled. That's according to a national report the agency released last month.

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FEMA revives flood insurance sales after backlash

The Trump administration is restarting the sale of flood insurance policies during the government shutdown, backtracking on a controversial FEMA decision to halt new coverage, a senior administration official said. The move was a swift change of course after FEMA on Wednesday said that insurers should no longer sell new policies backed by the flood insurance program during the shutdown.

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National Infrastructure Council Warns of New Threat Combo as Potential Danger

When the Big One hits, the United States won’t be ready for it. In this case, the big one is a power outage “of a magnitude beyond modern experience” that could paralyze entire regions for weeks or months, cripple the country’s operations, and strain emergency organizations well past their ability to respond, according to a new report from the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC).

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US government shutdown grounds NOAA survey vessels

The US government shutdown has forced the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to leave its research vessels in port, the NW News Network reported.

Gulf
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NOAA Release Texas Marine Debris Emergency Response Guide

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Program is pleased to release the “Texas Marine Debris Emergency Response Guide: Comprehensive Guidance Document” (Texas Guide), the final emergency response guide for the Gulf of Mexico states.

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$1.5 Billion Department of Transportation Grant Announced

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that it will be funding 91 transportation infrastructure projects through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant program. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao calls the $1.5 billion in funding “a down payment on this administration’s commitment to America’s infrastructure.”

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Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Seeks Public Comment on WRDA Implementation Guidance

Beginning on December 14, 2018, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (ASA-CW) is seeking public input on the development of implementation guidance for various provisions contained in the Water Resources Development Act of 2018 (WRDA 2018).

Gulf
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Hurricane Michael Cost This Military Base About $5 Billion, Just One of 2018's Weather Disasters

Major hurricanes, devastating wildfires, a drought and a series of extreme storms ran up the count of billion-dollar U.S. climate and weather disasters.

Northeast
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EPA Launches Program to Partner with Maritime Industries

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1 office has launched “Smart Sectors New England,” a partnership initiative between EPA and its regulated sectors, including maritime industries and outdoor recreation, that is focused on achieving better environmental outcomes.

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Funding: Bond plan aims to speed up coastal projects

After years of threats to end a federal revenue-sharing program from Gulf of Mexico oil leases, Terrebonne Parish has decided to take a proactive measure to ensure the parish receives over $16 million in oil revenue money.

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New Clean Water Act definition draws criticism from environmentalists, support from developers, farmers

Countless wetlands and thousands of miles of United States waterways would no longer be federally protected by the Clean Water Act under a new proposal by the Trump administration.

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Report to Congress on Changes in the Arctic

The following is the Dec. 13, 2018 Congressional Research Service report, Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress.

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$3.6 Billion Needed To Rebuild Camp Lejeune Facilities Damaged By Hurricane Florence

The Marine Corps is looking at a hefty construction cost to repair or replace hundreds of buildings at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune damaged during Hurricane Florence.

Gulf
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Treading water: Scant results seen despite millions spent in states along Mississippi River to cut nutrient pollution

America’s Midwest faces worsening trouble with undrinkable well water, recreational lakes choked with toxic algae and water treatment plants requiring budget-busting upgrades to remove pollution washing from farm fields and industries.

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Tribal people face disproportionate impact from climate change

An immediate threat cited by the report is that many communities will again have to move away from tribal homelands

International
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Arctic Warming Pushes The Region — And Planet — Into Uncharted Territory

The report was prepared by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce. "Overall, the Arctic is enduring 'its most unprecedented transition in human history,' said report lead author Emily Osborne of NOAA at a press briefing on Tuesday."

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DOT Announces $1.5B in Grants for Port, Road and Rail Projects

This week,, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced a package of 91 new infrastructure projects across the United States worth a combined $1.5 billion.

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A Fiscally Based Scale for Tropical Cyclone Storm Surge

Categorization of storm surge with the Saffir–Simpson hurricane scale has been a useful means of communicating potential impacts for decades. However, storm surge was removed from this scale following Hurricane Katrina (2005), leaving no scale-based method for storm surge risk communication despite its significant impacts on life and property. This study seeks to create a new, theoretical storm surge scale based on fiscal damage for effective risk analysis.

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Report: Climate change was behind 15 weather disasters in 2017

A drought scorched the Great Plains, causing wildfires and $2.5 billion in agriculture losses. Catastrophic floods submerged more than a third of Bangladesh. Record-shattering heat waves killed scores of people in Europe and China.

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East Antarctica’s glaciers are melting, survey reveals

Scientists have identified a new group of melting glaciers on Antarctica’s east coast, long thought to be the most stable of the continent’s frozen coasts.

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USACE Galveston Conducts Sediment Source Workshop

The USACE’s Galveston District has partnered with the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM), Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (GoM OCS) Region, Texas General Land Office (TGLO), and the Offshore Operators Committee (OOC), to conduct a GoM sediment resource-offshore infrastructure two-day partnering workshop on November 29 and 30, 2018.

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NFWF and NOAA Announce $28.9 Million in Grants for the 2018 National Coastal Resilience Fund

New partnership will protect coastal communities and enhance habitat for fish and wildlife

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Federal study lays groundwork for Texas coastal barrier

A $6 billion storm-surge barrier gate is just one component of a system of measures to shore up the entire Texas coast against hurricanes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is recommending in a preliminary study released in October—the latest chapter in the region’s decadelong pursuit of an “Ike Dike.”

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Raytheon wins two Canadian Arctic radar contracts worth $30M

Raytheon Canada Ltd., a subsidiary of the huge American defence contractor, Raytheon Co., has won two contracts worth a total of $30 million from the Canadian Department of National Defence, the company said Dec. 4.

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Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts get a boost in funding

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay will soon get a boost in funding.

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Will Global Warming Shrink U.S. GDP 10%? It's Complicated, Says The Person Who Made The Estimate

As the UN hosts its annual meeting on climate change this week, it is imperative that we continue to place an emphasis on the strongest evidence to inform how our society should respond. Last month, coincidentally timed with the Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. government released one such summary of evidence - its latest National Climate Assessment.

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Texas Senate Panel: Feds Paid Most of Harvey $2.7B Recovery Cost so Far

Hurricane Harvey recovery will end up costing the state as much as $2 billion, according to a report released Nov. 30 by the Texas Senate’s budget-writing panel, although it said costs may fluctuate based on how much help it receives from the federal government.

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New round of funding to protect Long Island Sound

The state plans to use new federal funding to gain a better understanding of microplastic pollution in Long Island Sound and reopen a migratory fishway that has not been used by blueback herring in 300 years.

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Who Got Funded? Check the National Coastal Resilience 2018 Grant Project List

In May 2018, The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) established the National Coastal Resilience Fund with the goal of restoring and enhancing natural resource infrastructure to reduce the vulnerability of coastal communities top storms, floods, and other detrimental natural events.

International
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The final frontier: who owns the oceans and their hidden treasures?

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ransom-hungry pirates, polar explorers, offshore oil giants - the race for the riches of the world’s final frontier is on. From Thailand to Alaska, the battle to tap ever-dwindling resources from minerals to fish is spurring new conflicts over who has the right to the treasures of the deep seas.

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Dissecting a hurricane: What makes a superstorm?

Today meteorologists can forecast a hurricane’s track, wind speeds, rainfall, storm surge, and other details days in advance of landfall. “What we do now at five days [out], we dreamed of doing 20 years ago at two days,” says Ken Graham, director of the NOAA National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla.

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TREADING WATER | UNFOCUSED AND UNDERFUNDED, GOAL OF CLEANER WATER FALTERS

CHAPTER 1: America’s Midwest faces worsening trouble with undrinkable well water, recreational lakes choked with toxic algae and water treatment plants requiring budget-busting upgrades to remove pollution washing from farm fields and industries.

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Climate May Force Millions to Move and U.S. Isn’t Ready, Report Says

Rising seas to roil coastal areas, federal scientists predict Large outflows of people expected from New York, New Jersey

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What percentage of the American population lives near the coast?

In 2010, 123.3 million people, or 39 percent of the nation’s population lived in counties directly on the shoreline.

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Opinion: 4 bipartisan ways to keep National Climate Assessment warnings from coming true

From California’s horrific megafires to the punishing hurricanes and typhoons that leveled communities in the Carolinas, Florida, and the Northern Marianas, this year — like last year — faced deadly devastation from extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change.

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New estimate lowers number of right whales

Annual report card comes as researchers work to identify whale found dead off Nantucket.

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U.S. Treasury approves Alabama’s multiyear implementation plan for Gulf Coast recovery

A multiyear plan developed to help restore the Gulf Coast in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has been approved by the U.S. Department of Treasury (USDT).

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The Three Most Chilling Conclusions From the Climate Report

Thirteen federal agencies agree: Climate change has already wreaked havoc on the United States, and the worst is likely yet to come.

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MA: Plum Island contingent heading to DC with coastal erosion agenda

NEWBURY — Two Plum Island residents will travel to Washington, D.C., next month with Mayor Donna Holaday and state Sen. Bruce Tarr to try to raise awareness of coastal erosion problems locally to federal officials.

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FOURTH NATIONAL CLIMATE ASSESSMENT RELEASED BY UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT

Earth’s climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities. The impacts of global climate change are already being felt in the United States and are projected to intensify in the future—but the severity of future impacts will depend largely on actions taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the changes that will occur. Americans increasingly recognize the risks climate change poses to their everyday lives and livelihoods and are beginning to respond

Northwest
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Department of Natural Resources requests $90 million for orca, salmon habitat

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources: Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz announced on Nov. 19, a nearly $90 million package of aquatic habitat protections and improvements to be carried out by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

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More Than $280 Million Awarded for Restoration Projects on the Gulf Coast

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announces sixth round of grants from its Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund

Hawaii & Alaska
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NOAA GOES-17 Shares First Images of Alaska, Hawaii and the Pacific

The GOES-17 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) has sent its first images from the satellite's new vantage point over the Pacific Ocean.

Hawaii & Alaska
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Divers haul in large catch of debris, plastic from marine monument

HONOLULU (AP) — A team of divers hauled in nearly 165,000 pounds of abandoned fishing nets and plastic waste during a cleanup expedition at Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, federal officials said.

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Point Reyes ranches listed on National Register of Historic Places

Inclusion of several Point Reyes National Seashore ranches on the National Register of Historic Places will play a role in the ongoing review of the future of these ranches in the park, according to park officials.

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Senate approves exemption for trawler marooned by too much foreign steel

A $75 million fishing vessel, marooned in a Washington state shipyard because it was built with too much foreign steel, would be allowed to work in U.S. waters under a waiver to federal maritime law approved by the U.S. Senate.

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NOAA commends work of Washington State's Killer Whale Task Force

NOAA Fisheries commends Governor Inslee for convening the Task Force on Southern Resident Killer Whales and the Task Force co-chairs, members, and working groups for crafting a broad package of recovery recommendations for this signature Washington species.

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Innovative Finance for Resilient Coasts and Communities

Coastal zones are critical to life and livelihoods, people and planet. They are conduits to trade, to communications, they provide resources and livelihoods, they are often centers of economic growth.

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Supporters say Hurricane Florence showed the need for I-73, not everyone agrees

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) - A quarter of a century later, local, state, and federal leaders still work to build Interstate 73. It would be the Grand Strand area's first interstate. I-73 would run from Michigan to Myrtle Beach. Now after Hurricane Florence, there's even more urgency, among some, to complete the project.

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Senate OKs Coast Guard bill with ballast water compromise

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Senate approved a compromise policy Wednesday on dumping ship ballast water in coastal ports and the Great Lakes, a practice blamed for spreading invasive species that damage the environment and the economy.

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Experts warn of growing risks to heavily populated coastlines

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Trillions of dollars' worth of U.S. coastal development and military installations are at risk from powerful storms and sea level rise, a panel of experts warned at a congressional briefing today. They said that continued investments into accurate and timely weather forecasts and long-term understanding of the Earth system are vital for saving lives and protecting property in densely populated coastal regions, both in the United States and overseas.

Northeast
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Army Corps announces meetings on Cape Cod Canal bridges

BOURNE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced a series of public information meetings to be held next month to discuss the future of the Bourne and Sagamore bridges, the first major opportunity for the public to weigh in on the federal agency’s planning for a long-term solution to deal with the aging structures.

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Public input sought on proposed Connecticut estuarine research reserve

Groton — A team of academic officials, state agencies and environmental organizations is poised to nominate coastal areas of southeastern Connecticut for a proposed National Estuarine Research Reserve, and they are seeking the public's input. A public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the second-floor auditorium of the Academic Building at the University of Connecticut's Avery Point campus.

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Opinion: Saltwater Anglers have waited 42 years to be recognized in federal law

As Congress returns from the campaign trail, there is a major effort underway to pass comprehensive legislation before the 115th Congress adjourns that addresses the most pressing needs on America’s public lands and waterways. While any legislative vehicle is likely to include a variety of measures important to America’s millions of sportsmen and women, it is critical that this package fix a problem decades in the making: outdated management of America’s federal fisheries.

Southeast
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Grant announced to aid restoration of SC’s Crab Bank

A foundation has granted $700,000 to the effort to save South Carolina's Crab Bank, a greatly eroded island and bird breeding area in Charleston Harbor. Read more here: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/south-carolina/article221501650.html#storylink=cpy

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Endangered piping plover reaps rewards of Delaware's $38 million restoration at Prime Hook

Biologists say a $38 million restoration project at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge is benefiting a slew of species, including piping plovers.

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President Signs into Law America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018

President Donald J. Trump signed into law S. 3021, America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018