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New California Law Bars Seabed Mining in State Waters

CA, United States

California’s marine waters are home to ecosystems that harbor as much biodiversity as tropical rainforests and provide food, shelter, and nursery habitat for a huge range of life, from forage fish to killer whales. And today the state’s ocean territory gained needed safeguards when Governor Gavin Newsom (D) signed the California Seabed Mining Prevention Act… Read More

‘Monumental’: Louisiana takes major step toward unprecedented coastal restoration project

LA, United States

An unprecedented project to fight land loss devastating Louisiana’s coast by diverting sediment and water from the Mississippi River into Barataria Basin took a major step toward definitive approval on Monday with the release of a final environmental assessment by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps released the lengthy report on the $2… Read More

Louisiana’s largest coastal project ‘at the 2-yard line,’ CPRA says

LA, United States

Southwest of Morgan City, a channel cut from the Atchafalaya River in the 1940s built a brand new delta, accidentally. No one expected it, but supporters of using the Mississippi River to build land often point to the Wax Lake Outlet. “This is tremendous habitat,” said David Muth, a retired staffer at the National Wildlife Federation… Read More

Billions in Climate Deal Funding Could Help Protect U.S. Coastal Cities

United States

Claire Arre, a marine biologist, waded through the sand in search of an Olympia oyster on a recent sunny afternoon, monitoring the bed her organization had built to clean up the surrounding watershed and contemplating all that could be done if she could get her hands on federal funding to expand the work. Ms. Arre’s… Read More

Kitty Hawk beach nourishment with Weeks Marine update

NC, United States

This update on progress on the Kitty Hawk project was released on Sept. 19. Both the Magdalen and Lindholm dredges areas onsite, and Kitty Hawk’s project has been completed from the Town’s southern border to 3968 N. VA Dare Trail, in the vicinity of E. Lillian Street. The contractor has now moved from the White… Read More

Trustees Seek Feedback on Updated Beach Management Plan

MA, United States

Following the widespread backlash and subsequent withdrawal of their earlier beach management plan for Chappaquiddick, the Trustees of Reservations has begun gathering feedback to create an updated plan. The report will be released at the end of the month, Trustees Islands director Darci Schofield told the Edgartown select board on Monday. “We’ve reached out to… Read More

Washington State Ferries to outline its hybrid electric journey at FERRIES 2022

WA, United States

Speakers at Marine Log’s upcoming FERRIES 2022 will include Matt von Ruden, administrator of Washington State Ferries’ (WSF) electrification program. On November 2, Day 2 of the conference, he will speak on WSF’s journey to going hybrid electric. Operating the largest ferry system in the U.S., WSF is also the biggest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions from a state… Read More

County-proposed river management project moving forward

WA, United States

As Whatcom County residents brace for the impending flood season, county officials have plans to alleviate future flood impacts in the region. County officials have proposed a small scalping project near Everson to help control future floodwaters. The project is still in the permitting process but includes plans to remove vegetation and sediment along 150 feet of… Read More

New York’s $4.2B environmental bond act getting big boost from advocates

NY, United States

Advocates are spending big to back a state plan to borrow $4.2 billion to help brace New York’s aging infrastructure against the effects of climate change. The Vote Yes for Clean Water & Jobs Coalition is launching a seven-figure ad campaign encouraging New Yorkers to approve the green-minded bond act that will appear on ballots… Read More

Ocean County comes to the rescue as Shore towns face hefty beach replenishment bills

NJ, United States

Ocean County has agreed to pay half the local cost of the latest federal beach replenishment project, bringing welcome relief to barrier island towns that are struggling to pay their portion of the bill. “They were very gracious and very helpful,” Bay Head Mayor William Curtis said following a Sept. 13 meeting that included barrier… Read More

1st phase construction of South Quay Marine Terminal project in US commences

RI, United States

The first phase of the South Quay Marine Terminal project has officially been launched. The terminal is meant to serve as a staging place for offshore wind projects in the US Northeast. Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee and East Providence Mayor Bob DaSilva launched the project. The South Quay Marine Terminal project is aided by… Read More

Dredging project to help Weeki Wachee River in limbo due to permit and contract conditions dispute

FL, United States

For the last half-dozen years, advocates of the Weeki Wachee River have urged state officials to address the build up of sand hampering navigation and the damage to riverbanks from heavy recreational use. Now a key part of the repair plan is in limbo. Environmental regulators say the company hired to dredge the river, Gator… Read More

Waterways Commission navigates new hurdles to schedule fall dredging in Hatteras Inlet

NC, United States

Absent emergency measures, bureaucratic snares could yet again hinder navigational safety in Hatteras Inlet, leaving members of the Dare County Waterways Commission worried about a lackluster fall fishing season because of poor channel conditions. At its first in-person meeting since the Coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020, held Monday evening at the county Administrative Building… Read More

Request to fund channel dredging denied by state

MD, United States

The Queenstown Town Council was denied a federal funding request for FY 2023 for dredging the by the Senate Appropriations Commission. The announcement was made public at the Queenstown Commissioners meeting on Aug. 9 after announcing receipt of a $100,000 grant that was awarded by the Department of Natural Resources for preliminary engineering to dredge… Read More

Ogdensburg city manager hopeful city beach will open in 2023

NY, United States

City Manager Stephen P. Jellie remains hopeful that the city beach will be able to open next summer despite several failed attempts. The city leased the beach from the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority in 2021, paying $3,000 to lease the property. According to a report Mr. Jellie gave in September 2021, the city spent… Read More

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