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US - U.S. Coast Guard is giving away four lighthouses, including one in Duluth

Federal, state and local agencies, as well as some nonprofits are eligible to take over the lighthouses for free.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

US - Feds raise protections for North Atlantic right whales, but sea turtles may suffer

North Atlantic right whales have gained protections and sea turtles are more imperiled under a new federal calendar for harbor dredging that came to light May 14 in a federal lawsuit that seeks to protect sea turtles.

Coastwide
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USA - The Perverse Incentives of Federal Disaster Aid

Experts worry that some federal disaster aid is actually creating perverse incentives for cities and states — and deterring them from making better climate policies.

Coastwide
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USA - Coast Survey to shut down the Raster Navigational Chart Tile Service and other related services

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) will shut down its Raster Navigational Chart (RNC) Tile Service and the online RNC Viewer on 1 October 2021.

Coastwide
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US - Opinion: We’re Not Ready for the Next Big Climate Disasters

The infrastructure bills taking shape in Congress will be the first test of the Biden administration’s ability to legislate on climate change. Most eyes are on how greener infrastructure can cut emissions of warming gases.

International
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UK - Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy Action Plan 2021

The Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Strategy Action Plan (the Strategy action plan) focuses on actions from April 2021 to April 2022. It describes what is already being done to achieve the ambitions of the new National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England (the Strategy).

Southeast
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FL - ‘Impending disaster.’ Worsening algae bloom on Florida’s Lake Okeechobee threatens coasts again

MIAMI — The scene at Pahokee marina on Lake Okeechobee last week was a warning sign: A thick mat of algae in various shades of green, brown, gray and fluorescent blue covered the area around boat slips. In some spots, the gunk was so dense it stuck out 2 inches above the water.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

Chesapeake Bay - Governors say a ‘Billion for the Bay’ will help clean up the Chesapeake

Governors from Chesapeake Bay watershed states are urging Congress to spend an additional billion dollars on Bay restoration efforts.

Coastwide
Federal

US - Rep. Fletcher: Texas Members Lead Bipartisan Effort to Include Funding for Coastal Resiliency Projects-like Texas Coastal Spine-In American Jobs Plan

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) led a bipartisan coalition of the Texas delegation calling on Congressional leadership to prioritize funding for coastal resiliency projects like the Texas Coastal Spine in the American Jobs Plan.

Coastwide
Federal

US - Federal Government Changing Flood Insurance Pricing Model

The federal government is overhauling the pricing model for its flood insurance program, and Frederick County residents have about three months to appeal upcoming changes to their rates.

Coastwide
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US - NOAA Nominee Rick Spinrad Has Deep Roots at the Agency

President Biden announced last week that he is nominating oceanographer Rick Spinrad to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Spinrad previously served as head of the agency’s research office and as its chief scientist.

Southeast
Federal

FL - Former FEMA head takes on new role at Indian River College

He's been at the forefront of disaster preparedness on both the state and federal levels.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

USA - USDA, RESTORE Council to invest $31 million for priority restoration work in Gulf states impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $31 million in funding to advance restoration work and improve water quality in the Gulf Coast states impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The funds will support three priority programs and related project work approved by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration (RESTORE) Council as part of a multi-year process of collaborative planning and public engagement throughout the Gulf.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

Gulf of Mexico - $302 million in BP oil spill restoration money budgeted to restore ecosystems

Texas can get up to $79 million in BP oil spill restoration money, Mississippi nearly $69 million, and Florida almost $74 million for ecosystem recovery projects and programs approved or extended this week.

Coastwide
Federal

US - After Billions Of Dollars In Damage, The Military Is Trying To Protect Bases From Climate Change

Hurricanes caused catastrophic damage to East Coast military bases in 2018. Now, as it starts to rebuild, the Pentagon wants to make bases less vulnerable to future storms.

Coastwide
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US - Nearly $80 million in funding for wetland conservation projects and national wildlife refuges

The grants, made through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), will be matched by nearly $125 million in partner funds.

International
Federal

USA - Biden taps ocean scientist Rick Spinrad to run NOAA

New climate nominees include Montanan Tracy Stone-Manning, picked to lead the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

MD - Lawmakers push to designate Chesapeake Bay as national recreation area

The Maryland congressional delegation is pushing legislation to protect and enhance the natural resources throughout southern Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay area with new federal park and heritage designations.

Coastwide
Federal

US - Biden Environment Agenda Spurs Early Pivots, Attacks in Court

The Biden administration has begun recasting environmental litigation as it reviews the government’s position in existing cases and adopts new policies already under attack by Republicans.

Coastwide
Federal

US - RAA endorses end to NFIP subsidies for new builds in flood risk areas

The Reinsurance Association of America (RAA) has endorsed new legislation to end National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) subsidies for newly-constructed properties in areas vulnerable to flooding.

Coastwide
Federal

USA - How computer mapping could help Biden find and fix polluted neighborhoods

Diagnosed with asthma at 8 years old, Karlaine Francisco grew up thinking everyone had it.

Coastwide
Federal

USA - Kilmer Joins Bipartisan Call for $10B Investment in Coastal Restoration Jobs

On Wednesday, March 31, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) joined Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) and Bill Posey (FL-08), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Estuary Caucus, and 35 House Members in calling on the Biden Administration to provide $10 billion in the next recovery package for coastal restoration and resilience projects.

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