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CA - Marin County beaches receive ‘outstanding’ water quality ratings

Marin County beaches continued to receive high marks for their water quality with only Stinson Beach receiving a failing grade during wet weather.

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AL - Alabama Power, residents meet about coal ash pond

WILSONVILLE — A public meeting was held Monday night, July 6, at Wilsonville Baptist Church regarding the coal ash pond at E.C. Gaston Steam Plant on Lay Lake.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - Protesters demonstrate against Galveston's beach closure

GALVESTON: A small group of protesters Saturday took complaints about COVID-19-related closures to the beach.

Pacific Northwest
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OR - OSU-Cascades professor preps students for climate change impacts

Elizabeth Marino gets students ready to deal with flooded coastlines and other impacts of a changing climate.

Gulf of Mexico
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FL - US Treasury Approves RESTORE Plan For Beulah Master Plan, Century Wastewater Plant, Eleven Mile Creek Restoration And Other Projects

The U.S. Treasury Department has approved Escambia County’s plan for 11 RESTORE funding projects totaling $15.8 million.

Gulf of Mexico
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FL - Holmes Beach considers owner-resident parking permits

HOLMES BEACH — He said it was a “work in progress.” Now, progress is proceeding. When Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer recommended the removal of about 1,100 on-street parking spaces in late April, commissioners agreed to the plan on Tokajer’s assurance it would be tweaked.

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CA - San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission Develops Coastal Environmental Justice (EJ) and Social Equity Policies

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) developed provisions set forth in the Bay Plan environmental justice and social equity policies. BCDC held a webinar to explain how these policies will be implemented o the BCDC Permitting System.

Southeast
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FL - Property values, Covid-19 cut vast hole in Miami Beach budget

The City of Miami Beach has held its first budget meeting for the next fiscal year and the financial outlook is dismal – and not just because of Covid-19.

Mid-Atlantic
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NJ - Jersey Shore town is in hot water with state over controversial beach construction

In North Wildwood, a bad storm often spells beach destruction — large chunks of sand claimed by the ocean, reshaping the tourist town’s shoreline.

Northeast
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NY - Legislation to protect Jamaica Bay goes to Cuomo’s desk once again

In May 2020, state Senator Joseph Addabbo and Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato reintroduced legislation that would protect the waters of Jamaica Bay that was vetoed by Governor Andrew Cuomo last year.

Caribbean
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USVI / PR - Record plume of Sahara Desert dust reduces visibility in Puerto Rico, aims at Southeast U.S.

A nearly 4,000-mile-long plume of thick dust from the Sahara Desert has arrived in Puerto Rico and Hispaniola, and is forecast to move into the Gulf of Mexico, inland from Texas to the lower Mississippi River Valley, before reaching Washington early next week.

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FL - Escambia County tourism officials hope for rebound as bed tax dollars drop by $1.24M

Tourism officials earlier this week got a look at how much Escambia County has lost in tourist development tax dollars so far due to the coronavirus pandemic, but they remained hopeful a projected uptick in bookings will help the industry rebound.

Pacific Northwest
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OR - ODOT adds climate change office to transportation mix

Oregon did not pass cap and trade legislation amid the political wrangling of the 2019 session, but an executive order by Governor Kate Brown on climate change has injected a new facet into the work of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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VA - As Virginia Beach prepares for sea level rise, officials avoid climate change and punt on carbon emissions

In Virginia Beach, sea level rise is a real and existential threat and the City of Virginia Beach is doing a lot to address it. However, city staff have steered clear of what most experts say is causing the tides to creep higher and higher. By design, they rarely, if ever, utter the words “climate change” — and they specifically avoid attributing any such change directly to humans.

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LA - Grand Isle faces 'crisis situation': Broken storm defenses as a rough hurricane season opens

Grande Isle is pretty tough, but Grand Isle’s longtime mayor, says this summer’s spate of predicted storms and hurricanes may hit too hard and too often for his island to withstand.

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FL - Commissioner Suarez’ annual report on sea level rise; fourth installment.

Analysis of sea level rise data for Miami and policy implications from Miami Commissioner Xavier Suarez

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - Jet-ski company files appeal in federal court, no decisions yet as Wrightsville Beach stays quiet

Last year a federal court judge granted a motion to dismiss filed by the Town of Wrightsville Beach in the lawsuit brought against the town by a jet ski rental company.

Mid-Atlantic
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NJ - Reopening Beach towns tell state 'Let us decide'

When it comes to the type of guidance he wants from Gov. Phil Murphy about beach operations in the time of coronavirus, Lavallette Mayor Walter LaCicero is pretty clear: As little as possible.

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NC - Atlantic Beach board to consider budget adoption June 22, Beach Funding at Issue

“I’ve told people that money is earmarked for the beach, our most important resource,” Mr. Johnson said. “We need to maintain this for beach uses. We’ve told citizens we need to build up our (beach fund) reserves, and now we’re taking the majority for regular operating expenses (in the draft budget). It’s literally robbing Peter to pay Paul to take money from those funds for something else.”

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DE - Bill seeks to strengthen state wetlands protections

State Senator Stephanie Hansen (D-Middletown) wetlands protections bill would amend Delaware’s Wetlands Act mirroring rules found in the Clean Water Act of 1972 and Obama-era regulations in the 2015 Clean Water Rule.

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USVI - Three Part Series on St. Johnians’ (US Virgin Islands) views on the future of development on their home island.

The Source, St. John’ US Virgin Island recently ran a three part series on St. Johnians’ views on the future of development on their home island. Here is the entire series.

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International - Retreat from sea among options as Thames-Coromandel plans for coastal change

Those living in flood and erosion prone areas of the Thames Coromandel, New Zealand could be faced with a managed retreat or a move to higher ground as the council looks to solutions to the district's coastal hazards.

Hawaii & Alaska
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HI - Brief absence of humans shows remarkable changes in Hanauma Bay

People report improved water clarity and other anecdotal improvements to Hanauma Bay since it was closed to visitors in March.

Gulf of Mexico
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FL - Manasota Key beach funding strategy returns

ENGLEWOOD — Manasota Key property owners looking for clarity on how much they’ll have to shell out for the new sand they received three months ago may have to wait a little longer.