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World - Blue economy: how a handful of companies reap most of the benefits in multi-billion ocean industries

In a recent study, we discovered that a relatively small number of companies, headquartered in a few countries, generate most of the revenues from using the ocean.

Coastwide
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USA - NOAA begins transition to electronic navigation charts

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began to implement its sunset plan for paper nautical charts last month, starting with the current paper chart 18665 of Lake Tahoe.

International
Waterways

Israel - As tar keeps coming, Environment and Finance ministries spar over funds

Knesset committee chair warns that in a future pollution disaster, ‘we won’t have water to drink and our children won’t be able to bathe in the sea for decades’

Southeast
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FL - Lawmakers aim to clean up waterways through PACE modernization

They are sponsoring legislation to clear up loan terms and make septic-to-sewer projects eligible.

West Coast
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CA - Integrated Port Planning

Ann Moore, 2020 Port Chair of the Port of San Diego, California, highlights the new integrated port planning process adopted by the port and how this is progressively delivering greater benefits to all stakeholders.

International
Waterways

World - How Fast Are Oceans Rising? The Answer May Be In Century-Old Shipping Logs

Off the coast of England, there’s a tiny, wind-swept island with the remains of a lifeboat rescue station from the mid-1800s.

Northeast
Waterways

NE - Microplastic Sizes in Estuary and Coastal Ocean Revealed

Rutgers research shows stormwater could be important source of plastic pollution

Southeast
Waterways

FL - The Indian River Lagoon has lost 46,000 acres of seagrass, and manatees are starving

Tens of thousands of acres of seagrass that is critical to the health of the Indian River Lagoon have disappeared. It's threatening a number of species, including manatees, who depend on seagrass for food.

Mid-Atlantic
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SC - Editorial: South Carolina’s investment of $550M for the port could be a good bet

It’s laudable that South Carolina lawmakers are scrutinizing the State Ports Authority’s request to borrow up to $550 million to make upgrades to the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal taking shape along North Charleston’s waterfront. As one of the state’s largest public investments in recent years, it merits close examination.

Southeast
Waterways

USA - SCOTUS Grills States in 'Water War' Arguments

The nine justices of the US Supreme Court probed counsel for Florida and Georgia Monday regarding the facts and nuances in the epic fight between the two states over water in the Apalachicola River basin.

West Coast
Waterways

CA - Newsom Pushes Controversial Poseidon Desalination Plant

When Gov. Gavin Newsom was photographed dining at an opulent Napa Valley restaurant during a surge in coronavirus cases, many Californians saw it as hypocrisy. For opponents of a planned $1-billion desalination plant along the Orange County coast, however, the optics were menacing.

Southeast
Waterways

USA - Conflicting Evidence, No Smoking Gun Has SCOTUS Weighing Florida-Georgia Water Fight

In 2012, Florida’s famed Apalachicola Bay oyster industry collapsed. In 2013, the federal government declared a fishery disaster, and in 2014 Florida sued Georgia, arguing that state was responsible for the failure. The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Monday, but as the two states await a decision, some key players say the issue won’t end with the ruling.

Coastwide
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USA - Big Benefits from Experimental Watersheds

Scientific insights from the Agricultural Research Service’s long-term study sites underpin dozens of models and research methods that guide global land management and conservation practices.

Arctic & Antarctica
Waterways

ARC - Russian Gas Tanker Shows Arctic Is Navigable Year-Round Now

Every day, the Arctic slips further into an unstable state. The latest sign: A Russian icebreaker and liquid natural gas ship have traversed the Northern Sea Route in February for the first time due to exceptionally low and weak sea ice cover.

Northeast
Waterways

NE - 'To Protect and Restore the Sound:' Research Projects Seek to Improve Water Quality in Long Island Sound

A multimillion-dollar research program will study water quality, seaweed formation, sedimentation, acid levels, pollution and other scientific topics associated with Long Island Sound, in an effort to make it a healthier ecosystem.

Coastwide
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USA - DeFazio Urges Biden to Start Using Harbor Trust Fund Immediately

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio and Ranking Member Sam Graves have urged President Biden to fully utilize the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) in his upcoming budget request.

International
Waterways

World - 'Groundbreaking' Green Financing Fuels LNG-Powered Box Ships

Hapag-Lloyd will use nearly US$1Bn in ‘green loan’ financing to build six 23,500- TEU+, LNG-fuelled box ships, while Seaspan orders 10 dual-fuel ULCSs for Zim long-term charter

International
Waterways

World - Industrious Swedes invent wind-powered cargo ship that's definitely not a sailboat

The Oceanbird Wallenius is a 200-meter long, 40-meter wide "wind Powered Car Carrier" created by Sweden-based Wallenius Marine Services.

Caribbean
Waterways

Caribbean - OECS Member States to Validate Coastal and Marine Spatial Plans

CASTRIES, St Lucia — High-level policymakers and technical experts from five OECS Member States will later this month review and validate Coastal and Marine Spatial Plans for their respective countries.

Southeast
Waterways

USA - Endless Litigation Over Chattahoochee River, No Matter Who Wins Water War

The Supreme Court is slated to hear oral arguments next week in the relentless case of Florida seeking more water from Georgia for Apalachicola Bay.

West Coast
Waterways

CA - Regulatory Changes On the Horizon for California State Water Resources Control Board

On December 17, 2020, the Sacramento County Superior Court issued a ruling limiting the ability of the California State Water Resources Control Board (“State Board”) to implement its adopted statewide wetlands and Waters of the State (“WOTS”) regulations.

Coastwide
Waterways

USA - Meet Capt. Chris Harvey, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock operates the largest dredging fleet in the United States, with vessels at work all around the world. And during Capt. Chris Harvey’s almost 40 years with the company, he has worked on just about every one of the company’s hopper dredges.