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Dredging begins in Riverside Park

IA, United States

Dredging of the downriver boat launch area in Riverside Park began Thursday, Sept. 22, and the launch area is now closed for public use. The upriver boat launch is available for public use, however. Braun Excavating has begun removing mud and debris from the launch area. Once the dredging operation has been completed, the Muscatine… Read More

Blind Pass Inlet Management Plan Feasibility Project grant approved

FL, United States

The Lee Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to approve a board resolution supporting the Blind Pass Inlet Management Plan Feasibility Project Grant Application requesting $230,000 in state funding in Fiscal Year 2023-2024. A resolution is required by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in order for Lee County to apply for grant funding… Read More

Why Shippers Can Renegotiate Some Long-Term Contracts But Not Others

World ,

After a year of highly profitable freight rates, the container shipping business appears to be normalizing. In the past week, the overall SCFI (Shanghai Containerized Freight Index) spot rate index for shipments out of China declined by 9.7 percent compared to the peak recorded early this year. It is the third week in a row… Read More

Eight Members of Congress Call for Jones Act Waiver for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Eight Democratic members of Congress have called for a “one-year comprehensive waiver” of the Jones Act for Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Fiona. In an open letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, Representatives Nydia Velázquez, Jesús García, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ritchie Torres, Carolyn Maloney, Juan Vargas, Raúl Grijalva and Adriano Espaillat argued… Read More

Enablers for Decarbonizing the Maritime Industry: Playbook Part 3

World ,

The journey towards a sustainable maritime shipping sector is driven by enablers spread across multiple areas. The decarbonization enablers include more sustainable fuels and other green sources of power, strong regulations that set an ambitious framework, bold financing for sustainable initiatives, power systems, integrated port solutions, optimised ship design, and fleet and operational optimization. In… Read More

USDA to Invest $5 Million in the Wetland Mitigation Banking Program

United States

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it is investing up to $5 million in the Wetland Mitigation Banking Program (WMBP). This grant program supports the development of mitigation banks for use by agricultural producers seeking to maintain eligibility for USDA programs. Funds are available to Tribes, state and local government entities, nonprofits and other… Read More

Ocean scientists measure sediment plume stirred up by deep-sea-mining vehicle

World ,

What will be the impact to the ocean if humans are to mine the deep sea? It’s a question that’s gaining urgency as interest in marine minerals has grown. The ocean’s deep-sea bed is scattered with ancient, potato-sized rocks called “polymetallic nodules” that contain nickel and cobalt — minerals that are in high demand for… Read More

Beaches Need Hereford Inlet Sand

MA, United States

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to spend taxpayer dollars to identify alternative sources of sand for beach replenishments in municipalities that could be easily and more cheaply served with sand from Hereford Inlet. They will do it because the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a part of the Department of the Interior, has… Read More

Northeastern wins court decision in plan to expand Marine Science Center on its Nahant property

MA, United States

A Superior Court judge has ruled in Northeastern’s favor regarding the university’s proposed expansion of its Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts. The ruling on Tuesday deals a blow to the town of Nahant and the nonprofit Nahant Preservation Trust, whose three-year legal dispute has sought to block the research expansion and take part of… Read More

Petaluma Turning Basin to undergo dredging, residents advised of closures

CA, United States

The Petaluma Turning Basin and Marina are set to close temporarily for routine dredging work, after the city awarded a contract to a local company for dredging maintenance and to install upgrades to nearby docks. Petaluma City Council on Sept. 19 approved the allocation of more than $563,000 for a construction contract with Lind Marine,… Read More

Container ship at deepest draft ever in Charleston

SC, United States

South Carolina Ports efficiently handled a container ship at the deepest draft to-date, reinforcing the importance of Charleston Harbor’s new 52-foot depth. The MSC Rayshmi recently set a record for deepest draft at SC Ports, arriving at 48 feet and 11 inches of draft. Five cranes — standing 155 feet above the wharf deck —… Read More

Ducks Unlimited wetland restoration work aims to reduce flooding, sediment

SD, United States

Ducks Unlimited has a variety of wetland restoration projects in northeastern South Dakota, and the local water development district helps with those efforts. Randy Meidinger, regional biologist for Ducks Unlimited, appeared before the James River Water Development District Board earlier this month when it met in Aberdeen. He sought support for Ducks Unlimited’s latest wetland restoration… Read More

Hatchie-Loosahatchie Mississippi River Ecosystem Restoration Study public meetings scheduled

TN, United States

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Non-Federal Sponsor, the Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee (LMRCC), has scheduled public scoping meetings for the Hatchie-Loosahatchie Mississippi River Ecosystem Restoration Study. The meetings are scheduled for: Sept. 26, 2022: Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park Visitor Center, Park Office, 910 Riddick Road Millington, TN 38053, from 6:00 p.m. –… Read More

U.S. Sediment Competition won by D-Sediment and Hülskens Sediments

United States

The two cooperating environmental technology companies D-Sediment and Hülskens Sediments GmbH have jointly won one of the most important technology competitions in the water sector in recent decades. The “Guardians of the Reservoir Challenge” had been called by the two most important U.S. dam operators, the “Bureau of Reclamation” and the “U.S. Army Corps of… Read More

Ocean County To Pay Half Of Towns’ $8M Beach Replenishment Bill

NJ, United States

Ocean County will pay half of the nearly $8 million cost to county towns for a beach replenishment project that will restore beaches damaged by storms and erosion from Point Pleasant Beach to Berkeley Township, county officials announced. The beach replenishment project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is an expected follow-up to the… Read More

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