Categories for Project Updates & Industry Developments

Wind Power In Louisiana: High Potential, A Long Way Off

LA, United States

Gov. John Bel Edwards has set a goal for Louisiana to be carbon neutral by 2050, but so far, the state is behind its neighbors. Now, Edwards wants to develop offshore wind power in the Gulf. It’s something that’s already happening in other parts of the country — with help from a Louisiana company, even…. Read More

Sandbars dot Berwick Bay, but navigation is easier than it looks

LA, United States

No one would be surprised to see gulls swooping low toward Berwick Bay, or gliding above the water with their illusion of hanging in mid-air. But just standing there? That’s Berwick Bay this winter, when sandy sediment has created streaky islands jutting from the water. Gulls line up on the narrow strips of dry land… Read More

Rebuild or Retreat? The Future of Louisiana’s Coastline in Jeopardy

LA, United States

60 in 6’s Enrique Acevedo meets with residents of Louisiana’s Gulf Coast who are wondering if their communities can survive as members of a state agency try to reclaim vanishing coastline. In an unprecedented year of circumstance, 2020 brought a record 12 named storms to the United States — with five striking Louisiana. After Hurricane… Read More

State Proposes Waikiki Beach Improvements; Public Comment Welcome

HI, United States

State says this is necessary to continue to support Hawaii’s tourism-based economy. WAIKIKI – The state wants to give the beaches of Waikiki a facelift. The state Department of Land & Natural Resources (DLNR) wants improve the Fort DeRussy, Halekulani, Royal Hawaiian, and Kuhio Beach shores. Projects would include building new beach stabilization structures, and… Read More

State Land Board to Decide on Dredging of New Beach at Pohoiki

HI, United States

The state seeks a waiver to dredge a channel through black sand deposited by the 2018 Kilauea eruption. When Hawaii County Civil Defense reopened portions of the isolated Puna coastline after the 2018 Kilauea eruption, the public discovered a strikingly beautiful new black sand beach had appeared from the sea, and sand and rock had… Read More

Hawaii’s Beaches Are Disappearing

HI, United States

Hawaii’s beaches are owned by the public, and the government is required to preserve them. So years ago, officials adopted a “no tolerance” policy toward new seawalls, which scientists say are the primary cause of coastal erosion. But over the past two decades, oceanfront property owners across the state have used an array of loopholes… Read More

Elkhorn Slough: Why Restoring Hester Marsh Is Important

CA, United States

To watch a video of Kerstin Wasson, a wetlands biologist with the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, explaining the Hester Marsh restoration visit MOSS LANDING — Just a short paddle up the Elkhorn Slough, kayakers can spot Hester Marsh. Degraded by decades of diking and draining, and threatened by rising sea levels, the marsh… Read More

Sandwich Seeks Bids to Transport Bourne Sand to Town Neck

MA, United States

Sandwich is seeking bids from contractors that can move 15,000 to 18,000 cubic yards of donated sand from Bourne to Town Neck Beach. The sand deposit is the second such gift from Bourne, which finds itself in the enviable position of having a surplus after completing a dredging project. Bourne gave Sandwich about 5,000 cubic… Read More

St. Johns County Beach Renourishment Wrapping Up

FL, United States

More projects planned A beach renourishment in St. Johns County will wrap up soon, but more beach projects are gearing up. One effort to beef up the coastline began late this year, and sand placement should be finished soon, said Damon Douglas, St. Johns County’s coastal manager. The work stretches from just north of Nease Beachfront Park to around… Read More

Pebble Parent Company to Appeal Army Corps’ Rejection of Permit

AK, United States

The parent company of the Pebble Limited Partnership said it is appealing the Trump administration’s recent decision to deny a key permit for the controversial mine proposal in the Bristol Bay region of Southwest Alaska. In a written statement last Thursday, Northern Dynasty Minerals President and CEO Ron Thiessen said the rejection was “without precedent… Read More

Federal Government Spending Bill Includes Funding for Four Additional Fast Response Cutters

LA, United States

Federal Government Spending Bill Includes Funding for Four Additional Fast Response Cutters LOCKPORT, La., — (December 28, 2020) – Yesterday, the President of the United States signed into law the omnibus spending bill for Fiscal Year 2021, which included funding for four more Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters (FRC), allowing Bollinger to build and deliver four… Read More

Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association provides update on funding for dredging projects

United States

Federal Appropriations: Update from Washington, DC FY2021 APPROPRIATIONS BILL HAS PASSED!  On December 21, the U.S. Congress passed the FY21 Omnibus Appropriations Bill that includes funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Program and the President signed the bill on December 27. Here are the final numbers: Overall USACE Allocation: Administration –… Read More

WRDA Nears Finish Line

United States

The latest version of the Water Resources Development Act is heading toward probable passage in the Senate, possibly as part of a larger appropriations bill. Capitol Hill sources say the House and Senate versions of the WRDA weren’t formally reconciled in a conference committee, but with another, less-used reconciliation procedure. There were reportedly last-minute ongoing… Read More

US Department of Energy Invests in Floating Wind Research

United States

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $21 million to three offshore wind technology demonstration projects, including a study to develop a large floating offshore wind platform. Houston-based engineering consultancy Atkins will develop a full-scale design of a floating offshore wind platform capable of supporting a 10-plus megawatt class turbine, the economical size deployed in most… Read More

Congress OKs Loans for Beach Towns Struggling With High Water

United States

Bipartisan legislation meant to assist Great Lakes coastal communities struggling with high water and shoreline erosion is headed to President Trump’s desk. The standalone bill would help states create new revolving loan programs for projects that reduce the risk to coastal infrastructure posed by elevated water levels. It was introduced in March by Sen. Gary… Read More