Categories for Project Updates & Industry Developments

DMR seeks comments on proposed Blue Hill Harbor dredge

ME, United States

BLUE HILL — A dredge of the town’s scenic inner harbor could mean access for all sizes of boats, no matter the tide, and thus increased economic activity for the town. Main Street and its shops, restaurants and businesses are just feet from the inner harbor. The Army Corps of Engineers has been considering a… Read More

Reshaping Coastal Louisiana: Barataria Bay Is Slowly Slipping Away

LA, United States

While there are efforts to reinforce its beaches and marshes, some of Barataria Bay is slowly slipping away. Sandwiched between the Mississippi River and Bayou Lafourche, the Barataria Bay in Louisiana is a latticework of shrinking marsh, swamp, and islands. Few other coastlines in the Mississippi River Delta—or anywhere in the United States—have changed as… Read More

Little Lake Restoration Project Remains Stalled: Donations needed for dredging phase

WI, United States

The wait continues for the second phase of the Little Lake cleanup project in Sturgeon Bay’s Sunset Park. Meanwhile, Lake Michigan’s high water levels have seeped in during the past two years, deepening the normally shallow water body and helping to mitigate water-quality issues. “I’ve heard over the years, ‘The solution to pollution is dilution,’”… Read More

Marine and Coastal Research Laboratory-Past, Present, Future

WA, United Arab Emirates

The coastal setting around Sequim Bay has always been a special place with distinctive people. People who have valued its beauty and its resources. People who have sought to understand the behavior of the natural world around it, through observation and investigation. One might say it’s always been a place of science. Today, approximately 100… Read More

Peters Bipartisan Bill to Help Address Shoreline Erosion Signed Into Law

United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKZO AM/FM) — A bipartisan bill authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) to address rising water levels and shoreline erosion in the Great Lakes has been signed into law, Senator Peters announced Monday. The new law provides support for local communities facing rising water levels, coastal erosion, and flooding that have put homes,… Read More

Michigan and Illinois agree to advance invasive carp prevention project

United States

The governors of Illinois and Michigan have agreed to work jointly to protect the Great Lakes from invasive Asian carp species. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker have announced an intergovernmental agreement between the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) that allows Illinois to… Read More

Neighbors Influence Coastal Landowners’ Decisions To Armor Shorelines Against Erosion, Rising Seas

OR, United States

Neighbors play an influential role in private oceanfront landowners’ decisions to protect their shorelines from erosion and rising sea levels, which could lead to excessive armoring of the coastline, a new analysis from Oregon State University shows. Researchers studied 25 years of decisions by private coastal property owners in Oregon to better understand what drives… Read More

NC Coastal Federation shares 2020 accomplishments

NC, United States

OCEAN — Given that 2020 was such a difficult year, the N.C. Coastal Federation said it is pleased to share “some really remarkable and encouraging accomplishments.” The NCCF said in an announcement Dec. 23 it continued protecting and restoring the North Carolina coast in 2020 “thanks to the significant contributions of many partners and supporters.”… Read More

Emerald Isle beach nourishment project gears up; 2 dredging projects set to go

NC, United States

EMERALD ISLE — Equipment for the soon-to-start Emerald Isle beach nourishment project should arrive by next week, with work scheduled to begin between Jan. 24-31. Greg Rudolph, manager of the Carteret County Shore Protection Office, said in an email Thursday the water-based equipment – submerged pipelines, tugboats and ancillary vessels – will arrive first at… Read More

Cleanup Continues for Contaminated New Bedford Harbor

MA, United States

NEW BEDFORD – The US Environmental Protection Agency reported that the past several years have seen significant progress in addressing the polychlorinated biphenyl  contamination in New Bedford Harbor. Recently, EPA’s cleanup work in the harbor achieved major milestones in the effort that will now result in the EPA transferring control of a 5-acre industrial port… Read More

Cape Cod: Shipwrecks, Dune Shacks, and Shifting Sands

MA, United States

Living in Geologic Time: How long will the cape keep its fist raised against the waves? Flexing into the Atlantic like a boxer’s raised fist, Cape Cod is one of the most distinctive landforms on Earth. The skinny, crooked peninsula was created by glaciers during the last ice age and sculpted into its present-day form… Read More

Patrick beaches widen with much more sand on the way for Brevard

FL, United States

First came the new name. Then there was the new sign. Now comes lots of new sand. Patrick Space Force Base is getting its share of a $48 million beach renourishment project, which will spread the equivalent of more than 22,000 of truck loads worth of sand onto the base from shoals five miles off of Cape Canaveral. “Beach… Read More

Marco Island Tells Collier to Restore Tigertail Lagoon

FL, United States

Marco Island City Council unanimously passed a motion Monday in support of a dredging and restoration plan for Tigertail lagoon to improve tidal flow and protect its ecosystem. The motion also instructed city staff to work with Collier County, owner of the Tigertail Beach Park, to move the project forward. Councilor Erik Brechnitz said the county could use tourist tax dollars, a… Read More

Florida Senate Environmental Panel to Look at ‘Resiliency’

FL, United States

Originally published on January 5, 2021 10:36 am With calls growing for lawmakers to pay more attention to climate change, the state Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection and the chief resiliency officer position are slated to be reviewed Monday by the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee. The resiliency officer position is among the… Read More