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AK - Alaska Weighs Taking Over Part of Federal Permitting Program

Alaska lawmakers are considering a request by Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration that the state take over part of a federal environmental permitting program.

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USA - How the US military is waging war on climate change

The Pentagon has no choice but to adapt and learn to operate within a rapidly-changing world.

Pacific Northwest
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OR - Oregon Sea Grant has new director

Oregon State University has selected an alumna and the head of San Francisco State University’s marine science center to lead Oregon Sea Grant, a program that supports marine research, education and outreach.

International
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USA - United States Announces Commitments at Seventh Our Ocean Conference

The seventh Our Ocean Conference – hosted by the Republic of Palau and the United States – brought together governments and non-state actors to make concrete commitments to protect ocean health and security. Investments include $582 Million to Enhance Ocean and Climate Observations, Modeling, and Services and $161.5 Million for the National Coastal Resilience Fund

Hawaii & Alaska
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AK - NOAA opens up nearly $200 million in loans for six Western Alaska nonprofits

Six Western Alaska nonprofits can now apply for a slice of nearly $200 million in federal loans to pay for fishing vessels, quota and other industry expenses to support economic development in their region.

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USA - NOAA selects Dewberry to collect and process topobathy LiDAR data

Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, has announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Geodetic Survey (NGS) Remote Sensing Division (RSD) Coastal Mapping Program (CMP) selected Dewberry to collect and process airborne topobathymetric lidar and digital camera imagery.

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USA - EPA Announces $524 Million Investment to Improve Health of Waterways and Oceans as Biden-Harris Administration Celebrates Earth Week

WASHINGTON (April 18, 2022) — As the Biden-Harris Administration celebrates Earth Week, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a $542 million investment to reduce pollution and plastic waste in our shared oceans. The significant investment is substantially funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Gulf of Mexico
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GOM - Gulf Coast, Mississippi River cities eager for flood funding

When Hurricane Ida hit last summer, a storm surge overwhelmed a levee and gushed into Ted Falgout's coastal Louisiana home, destroying his furniture and the beloved framed photos of his twin sons kissing him on their first day of school, then again when they graduated high school.

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CA - San Francisco Bay restoration bolstered by $53 million federal influx

Despite being the largest estuary on the West Coast and supporting both a highly diverse ecosystem and a multi-billion dollar economy, the San Francisco Bay Estuary was not getting its fair share of federal funding for restoration, according to local lawmakers and environmental organizations.

International
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World - USAID Announcements at the 2022 Our Ocean Conference

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced 24 new and ongoing initiatives to conserve and protect our oceans at the 2022 Our Ocean Conference in Palau.

Gulf of Mexico
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AL - Orange Beach, Gulf Shores to benefit from FEMA rule change

Foley, Baldwin County also due additional federal funding for Sally recovery

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USA - NOAA Climate Program Office announces 2022-2024 Class of Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellows

Eight new postdoctoral fellows are commencing cutting-edge research projects that will contribute innovative climate science to the research community as well as NOAA’s mission.

Gulf of Mexico
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AL - University of Alabama receives $360M NOAA research grant - WIAT

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has chosen the University of Alabama to host a new institute that will focus on hydrology research.

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USA - White House announces $46 million in climate resilience funding for Tribal communities

Tribal communities will soon receive $46 million in funding to address climate change, the Department of the Interior announced Monday, April 11.

West Coast
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CA - Despite sale, community continues to fight for Pacific Grove’s NOAA building

Despite city resolutions, protests from elected officials, vocal support from Monterey County stakeholders, and countless pleas from community members, local cries to halt the sale of a long-revered Pacific Grove building have proven not enough to override federal interests.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - Army Corps Withdraws SpaceX Application

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers informed SpaceX in a letter dated March 7 that its permit application for an expansion of the company's Starbase complex at Boca Chica has been withdrawn due to lack of information.

West Coast
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CA - Wind across the sanctuary | Rhetoric & Reason | San Luis Obispo

Two primary environmental crises threaten the survival of life on Earth: climate change and biodiversity loss.

Northeast
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MA - Congress Urged to Fund National Seafood Marketing Campaign

Legislators on Capitol Hill are being urged by those in the Massachusetts seafood industry to fund a nationwide marketing campaign showcasing seafood.

Northeast
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RI - Shoreline access bill met with both public support and talk of lawsuits in first hearing

Is the General Assembly willing to throw its weight behind an idea with broad popular support, knowing that it's all but guaranteed to lead to lawsuits?

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

AK - Murkowski, Sullivan Respond to Damaging Designation of 'Critical Habitat' in Alaska

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today slammed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for announcing it is designating critical habitat in U.S. waters off the coast of Alaska for the Beringia “distinct population segment” (DPS) of bearded seals and Arctic ringed seals. The designated area extends from St. Matthew Island to the Canadian border in the Beaufort Sea, which is roughly equivalent in size to the state of Texas.

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USA - Climate Change Could Cost U.S. Budget $2 Trillion a Year by End Century

Flood, fire, and drought fueled by climate change could take a massive bite out of the U.S. federal budget per year by the end of the century, the White House said in its first ever such assessment on Sunday.

Mid-Atlantic
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NJ - Stockton gets $500,000 grant for coastal zone management research, education | Skylands

As part of the Fiscal Year 2022 federal budget and among a list of New Jersey community projects supported by U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, Stockton University will receive $500,000 from the federal government to support its coastal resiliency and management programs.

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USA - Graves' offers alternative to NFIP rate hikes

U.S. Congressman Garret Graves introduced legislation to give policyholders more options as FEMA is set to implement its new National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) premium rate structure today. The bill authorizes FEMA to give refunds to individuals who have already paid in excess of their prior premiums.

International
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World - An obscure UN body will determine if we can mine the seafloor

The deep sea feels far away. And, well, it is. It’s the bottom of the damn ocean, a place few have ventured. But it could get a lot busier soon depending on how things go in Jamaica this week.

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USA - NOAA FY 2023 budget advances a Climate-Ready Nation, New Blue Economy and Equity

“The Biden-Harris Administration recently released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2023, which includes strong support for NOAA‘s mission and goals. This level of funding signals the Administration's support of NOAA as the authority on climate data and information.