Great LakesCoastwideCaribbeanMid-AtlanticNortheastSoutheastHawaii & AlaskaWest CoastGulf of MexicoInternational

Federal

International
Federal

USA - Explorer pitched hunt for Titanic to Navy as psychological warfare (Bonus Podcast included)

The US Navy backed the hunt for Titanic in part because the explorer who found it argued it would 'drive the Soviets crazy,' book reveals

Coastwide
Federal

USA - FEMA: 'No delay' in new flood insurance rates

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is moving ahead with the launch of a new flood insurance rating system next week, brushing aside last-minute pleas from lawmakers and advocates to delay the changes, a senior agency official told E&E News yesterday.

Southeast
Federal

FL - Key Biscayne beach efforts for federal funding look better

The Village of Key Biscayne’s ongoing request for federal assistance in combating beach erosion, rising seas and other effects of climate change has taken another step forward, said Roland Simimy, the village’s first chief resilience and sustainability officer.

Northeast
Federal

NY - "Buy Us Out": Queens Homeowners Flooded By Ida Say Relocation May Be Their Only Solution

Three weeks after the remnants of Hurricane Ida unleashed torrential rains that wrecked portions of their homes, a group of Queens homeowners are accusing the city of failing to address decades-long complaints about flooding issues that have rendered their properties worthless.

Coastwide
Federal

USA - A Flood of Risk

The federal flood insurance program has historically subsidized rich coastal homeowners. FEMA says they’re fixing that, but it could be false hope.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

DE - Groups to share $11.5M in federal funding to clean up, boost access to Delaware Watershed | StateImpact Pennsylvania

Rivers in the United States have been dammed for centuries, which has interrupted the flow of species — from salmon in the Pacific Northwest to shad in the Mid-Atlantic. Keeping those waterways free flowing and restoring their ecosystems improves the health and sustainability of the rivers.

Coastwide
Federal

USA - NMFS funding $2.2 million for bycatch reduction projects

NMFS funding $2.2 million for bycatch reduction projects. Federal officials announced $2.2 million in funding is being awarded to partners around the U.S. to support innovative research through the NMFS Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

NC - As flooding persists in western Emerald Isle, town seeks millions through federal grant program for filtration collaboration

EMERALD ISLE — Emerald Isle commissioners Tuesday night voted 5-0 to authorize town manager Matt Zapp to send the federal government a letter of intent to apply for grant funds to cover a multi-million-dollar flood prevention project.

Northeast
Federal

CT - Federal grant could make eastern Connecticut hub for marine research

GROTON — U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy said Thursday he was hopeful the Biden administration would grant final approval early next year to designate a wide swath of eastern Long Island Sound as a National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Coastwide
Federal

USA - Graves/Scalise urge delay of National Flood Insurance Program rate increases

U.S. Congressmen Garret Graves and Steve Scalise are asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to delay the implementation of the new National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) rate-setting program which is set to begin on October 1, 2021.

Coastwide
Federal

USA - Kelly Kryc, an ocean scientist, is now NOAA's deputy assistant secretary for international fisheries

Kelly Kryc, an ocean scientist who most recently worked as a senior fellow for energy and environment with the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, has been selected as NOAA’s new deputy assistant secretary for international fisheries.

Coastwide
Federal

USA - EPA again working on yet another Navigable Waters Protection Rule

Both because it wants to and because a federal court wants it done, the EPA will be working on a new Navigable Waters Protection Rule.

Southeast
Federal

NC - County requests feds withdraw rufa red knot 'critical habitat' proposal

EMERALD ISLE — The deadline for commenting on a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to designate hundreds of thousands of acres, including 150 miles of North Carolina beaches, as “critical habitat” for the rufa red knot passed Monday.

Coastwide
Federal

US - What to watch this fall at DOE, Interior, FERC

The Biden administration is expected to make pivotal decisions at federal agencies this fall that could steer its clean energy agenda for years, but its efforts may be thwarted by senior positions that are not yet filled, regulations that are running behind and Congress, observers say.

Coastwide
Federal

USA - The Federal Government Sells Flood-Prone Homes To Often Unsuspecting Buyers, NPR Finds

The first thing Larry McCanney fell in love with was the tree in the front yard. It cast shade on the porch of a house that, if he were honest, needed some work. But McCanney is handy, the price was right and the location was perfect, just a couple of miles from his childhood home in Burlington, N.J.

Pacific Northwest
Federal

OR - Coastal Caucus requests disaster relief for commercial salmon industry

On Thursday, Sept. 9, the Legislative Coastal Caucus urged Governor Brown to formally request federal disaster relief for Oregon’s commercial salmon industry for the 2018, 2019, and 2020 seasons.

Coastwide
Federal

USA - House Democrats' Housing Bill Includes a $20 Billion Bailout of Federal Flood Insurance

A bill intended to make America's housing stock more climate-resilient also includes a big effective subsidy for the properties most exposed to the risks of climate change.

Coastwide
Federal

LA - Ida's long reach could help take the politics out of disaster aid

Louisianans have faced enough natural disasters not to wish the experience on anyone else, not even the insensitive souls elsewhere who, each time a big storm roars ashore, wonder aloud why people live here.

Coastwide
Federal

USA - FEMA must protect the hardest-Hit communities from climate change

At least 1 million people across Louisiana were left without power after Hurricane Ida wiped out the power grid. The death toll is likely to rise as vulnerable people are stuck in flooded homes in extremely hot late-summer temperatures.

Coastwide
Federal

USA - Climate change disasters hammer home importance of infrastructure plans, Biden says

Last week, as Congress considered a massive infrastructure package, Hurricane Ida barreled through major cities from Louisiana to Massachusetts, offering up the latest examples of how extreme weather can wreak havoc on subway stations, roadways and power lines.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

AK - Pebble Mine Update: Biden administration moves to protect key Alaska watershed

WASHINGTON, Sept 9 (Reuters) - The Biden administration said on Thursday it will relaunch a process that could permanently protect a vital Alaskan watershed from the development of the contentious Pebble Mine project that has been pursued for more than a decade.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

PA - Why did new buildings flood in Philly? Outdated FEMA maps and building code

A lake of muddy brown stormwater filled the intersection of North 23rd and Arch streets, swamping the corner’s glass-walled Giant supermarket and the gleaming new Riverwalk apartment tower above.

Southeast
Federal

FL - Federal Court Ruling Could Compel Florida To Pause On Permitting Dredge And Fill Of Wetlands

A national environmental law organization cites a sweeping Aug. 31 federal ruling limiting states' authority on such permitting.

International
Federal

USA - NOAA Research News

Study: Dry Future Likely Unavoidable for Southwest, But Reducing Greenhouse Gases Can Still Help

Coastwide
Federal

USA - National Science Foundation Taps Florida Southern College And LSU To Research Climate Change Impact On Stone Crabs

Florida Southern College (FSC) and Louisiana State University (LSU) have been awarded a collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct groundbreaking research on how climate change could impact one of Florida's iconic fisheries, the Florida stone crab. The stone crab fishery is a $30 million commercial industry in Florida and supports over 800 jobs.