The Latest: 1,000-plus gather to honor Parkland victims
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (all times local):
More than a thousand people gathered at a South Florida park on the anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre to honor the 17 victims killed.
NY giving out free tree seedling to prevent soil erosion
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state landowners whose property borders rivers and lakes can apply for a bag of free seedlings to prevent soil erosion.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation is announcing the "Buffer in a Bag" program on Wednesday.
Conservation groups air Louisiana land loss Super Bowl ad
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A group of conservation organizations fighting Louisiana's coastal erosion problems is taking their message to the Super Bowl.
Restore the Mississippi River Delta is a coalition made up of five environmental groups — the Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.
They're showing a commercial during the Super Bowl that draws attention to coastal erosion.
2 groups planting trees in Louisiana wetlands
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At least two groups are planting trees in Louisiana's wetlands to restore swamps and help slow coastal erosion.
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana has nine events scheduled from next Friday, Jan. 25, in Mereaux, in St. Bernard Parish, to Saturday, Feb. 15, in the Tangipahoa Parish community of Akers.
America's Wetland Foundation will be working Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Pointe aux Chenes Wildlife Management Area in Terrebonne Parish.
Supreme Court: DNR lacked authority to amend pier permit
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Supreme Court says the Department of Natural Resources lacked the authority to force a couple to modify their massive Madeline Island pier.
The DNR granted Terrie and Philip Myers a permit in 2001 to build a 70-foot pier. The agency received complaints in 2012 and 2013 that the pier was contributing to shoreline erosion.
Hurricane brought ‘moderate’ erosion to Panama City Beach
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A coastal engineering consultant says Panama City Beach suffered only moderate beach erosion during Hurricane Michael.
On Tuesday, Lisa Armbruster told the Bay County Tourist Development Council that the 4½-foot (1.22-meter) storm surge during the Oct. 10 storm, the northerly winds on the western side pushed the water back out to sea.
Shifting sands shift plans for Cape Cod beach parking lot
PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — The popular waterfront parking lot at Herring Cove Beach will be rebuilt farther inland than planned due to an emerging "hot spot" of erosion that is expected to last several years at least.
But the construction project can't come too soon for a local tourism leader who says the disintegrating parking lot has begun to take an economic toll.
Public invited to help monitor sea level rise
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Mainers are invited to help capture changes in sea level along a southern part of the Gulf of Maine.
The nonprofit Friends of Casco Bay is asking the public to take a photo of the Casco Bay between 10 and 11 a.m. Saturday.
High tide is at 10:30 a.m. in Portland on Saturday.
Residents battling Mendenhall River erosion on their own
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — People living near the Mendenhall River are addressing bank erosion on their own after a federal plan fell through.
Wildlife agents: Old Christmas trees can be good for animals
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina wildlife officials are recommending people use their old, live Christmas trees to help animals.
The state Department of Natural Resources says old trees can be used for erosion control or as cover for small animals like quails and rabbits.
The agency also has a program that takes old trees and sinks them in lakes to become artificial reefs for fish.
Website offers info about Louisiana Christmas tree recycling
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana has a new one-stop webpage for information about Christmas tree recycling in five coastal parishes. The trees are used in breakwaters to slow erosion.
The webpage explains where to drop off trees or how to ensure they're picked up in Orleans, Jefferson, Tangipahoa and Terrebonne parishes and expects information about St. John the Baptist Parish.
Marine Corps says $3.6B for storm repairs at East Coast base
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Marines from Camp Lejeune, N.C., were preparing for their upcoming deployment to the Middle East, they faced an unusual challenge: the beach they needed to train on had been washed away by Hurricane Florence.
Using bulldozers and other equipment, they moved enough sand to rebuild a portion of Onslow Beach so Marines could practice moving on and off landing craft and get certified for their deployment. But almost immediately afterward, the ocean swept away the sand.
Removal of owl nests delays Havasu erosion-control project
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — The $3.3 million projected price tag for a Lake Havasu City erosion-control project may grow by $100,000 because of expenses largely resulting from a need to remove an underground nesting area of a protected species of owls.
Tourism group seeks solutions to Indiana shoreline erosion
PORTER, Ind. (AP) — A tourism organization is looking to join efforts that seek solutions to beach erosion along northwestern Indiana's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Coastal villages receive funding for erosion mitigation
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Two coastal villages in western Alaska have received funding to support their efforts in mitigating erosion damage.
KYUK-AM reports the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Coastal Resilience Fund has awarded $2.7 million for the village of Newtok to dismantle and decontaminate buildings and infrastructure it will leave behind as it relocates.
Rising sea levels threatening historic lighthouses
MAURICE RIVER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Rising seas and erosion are threatening lighthouses around the U.S. and the world. Volunteers and cash-strapped governments are doing what they can, but the level of concern, like the water, is rising.
New Jersey's East Point Lighthouse has been lighting up Delaware Bay for the better part of two centuries. But those same waters that the lighthouse helped illuminate might bring about its demise.
Lawrence officials to consider river recreation area concept
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lawrence officials will consider whether to move forward with a new plaza and recreation area concept along the portion of the Kansas River that borders downtown.
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- Dixon TelegraphWildlife recreation area to close for levee workMarch 7, 2019
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- The DayConnecticut preps for weather extremes, flooding highlighted in climate reportDecember 1, 2018
Foundation awards $1M grant to North Carolina coastal sites
Two North Carolina coastal communities have received $1.1 million to control shoreline erosion.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and partners awarded the grant to the North Carolina Coastal Federation for the Living Shorelines for North Carolina Coastal Communities project for Carteret and Pamlico counties.
Louisiana officials using rocks in ‘pillows’ to defend coast
CAMERON, La. (AP) — Officials say "pillows," each roughly the size of a small car, are their latest effort to slow erosion to Louisiana's coast.
News outlets reported this week that the rock-filled sacks are being placed by a crane along a 3-mile (5-kilometer) stretch of shoreline in Southwestern Louisiana. The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is working on the $34 million project protecting the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Cameron Parish.
Officials: Saline County dam on verge of collapse
HENSLEY, Ark. (AP) — A dam at a central Arkansas lake has many safety issues that indicate a lack of maintenance and could cause the structure to collapse, according to state officials.
Erosion closes Portage beach access at Indiana Dunes
PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore says it has closed beach access at one of its most popular sites because recent storm waves eroded part of a sand dune and a trail.
The park said this week the waves eroded the only designated trail to the beach at the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk area. It says beach access will remain closed until a safe way to the beach can be re-established.
Popular spot to view Mississippi River reopens in Vicksburg
VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — An overlook with an expansive view of the Mississippi River is reopening.
Navy Circle is just off Interstate 20 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. It is among the Civil War battle sites that are part of the Vicksburg National Military Park.
The circle was closed to traffic last November because the Vicksburg Bridge Commission was doing work to stop erosion near a bridge. After that was finished, a new pedestrian fence was installed along the Navy Circle overlook.
Congress approves massive water-projects bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has approved a sprawling bill to improve the nation's ports, dams and harbors, protect against floods, restore shorelines and support other water-related projects.
If signed by President Donald Trump, America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 would authorize more than $6 billion in spending over 10 years for projects nationwide, including one to stem coastal erosion in Galveston, Texas, and restore wetlands damaged by Hurricane Harvey last year.
State touts restoration of habitat for endangered terns
MARION, Mass. (AP) — State officials say the terns have returned to Bird Island.
The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife says it has successfully completed habitat restoration efforts on the tiny Buzzards Bay island, one of only three major nesting sites in the U.S. for the federally endangered roseate tern.
City seeks to stop erosion from claiming bridge, power lines
VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Officials looking to rebuild a collapsed bridge in a Mississippi city have another problem — the underlying waterway is trying to change course.
The Vicksburg Post reports Hennessey Bayou began cutting a shorter channel to the Mississippi River after the river's 2011 flood.
No-wake zone lifted on Missouri River in Bismarck area
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Game and Fish Department has rescinded a no-wake zone that was put in place on the Missouri River earlier this summer to reduce bank erosion in the Bismarck-Mandan area.
The agency in late June restricted boats and other watercraft within 200 feet of the shoreline to idle speed only on a stretch of the river from about 23 miles north of Bismarck to about 19 miles south of the city.
1907 cabin, threatened by erosion, returns home
BIG DELTA, Alaska (AP) — The Tanana River now passes harmlessly by the 1907 telegraph cabin that was previously threatened by erosion here in Big Delta State Historical Park.
The cabin was moved back to its original home this summer after a crowdfunding project last year helped pay riverbank reinforcement.
"It seems to be holding up really well," said Brooks Ludwig, northern region superintendent for Alaska State Parks.
AP Explains: Driven by climate change, fire reshapes US West
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildfires in the U.S. have charred more than 10,000 square miles so far this year, an area larger than the state of Maryland, with large fires still burning in every Western state including many that are not fully contained.
Whether sparked by lightning or humans, fire has long been a force shaping the landscape of the U.S. West.
Officials plan dune project to protect beach from erosion
ORLEANS, Mass. (AP) — Officials in Cape Cod town are considering building a dune to protect a local beach from erosion.
The Cape Cod Times reports Orleans officials are planning to meet in the fall to discuss Nauset Beach. Board of Selectmen chairman Alan McClennen says the town will be forced to take some pavement out of the parking lot and build an enhanced dune.
Erosion threatens landmark Alaska drive-in, other buildings
HOMER, Alaska (AP) — A series of storms has caused erosion of the Homer Split, a piece of land jutting out into Kachemak Bay, threatening a landmark restaurant and other buildings.
The Homer News reports the erosion started Aug. 13, when big waves swept down the Spit from Mariner Park to west of the Glacier Drive-In restaurant.
Multi-partner project aims to reduce erosion in Wisconsin
SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — A northern Wisconsin college is working with a mix of local, state and federal partners on a project to slow the flow of stormwater and reduce erosion in the area.
Alaska village gets funding for erosion, climate change
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska village of Napakiak received $449,000 in federal funding that could help the community respond to erosion and other effects of climate change.
The village of less than 400 residents, which received the funding on Thursday, has lost 50 feet (more than 15 meters) of its shoreline since May, Tribal Administrator David Andrew said.
After firefighting rips up the land, crews move in to fix it
LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Jack Hattendorf steers his road grader back and forth across a dirt path cutting through blackened earth.
With each pass, he smooths and tamps down the soil to remake a dirt road that fire crews tore apart days earlier to stop flames that would become part of the largest wildfire on record in California.
Military respond as rising seas threaten installations
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Military leaders in South Carolina are preparing for rising sea levels while partisans dispute whether it's the effect of global warming.
CHICAGO (AP) — Two high-tech buoys in Lake Michigan are helping experts study erosion and boaters follow lake conditions.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials have updated a list of best-management practices to prevent soil erosion and runoff pollution during logging and other forest management activities.
The Department of Natural Resources says the tips are listed in a soil and water quality manual that has been revised since the last version came out in 2009.
Most soil at Wyoming wildfire not severely burned
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — When ground soils are highly burnt during a forest fire, it can exacerbate flooding and erosion during summer storms.
But fire officials in Wyoming are encouraged by what they see from a wildfire that has been burning since June in the Medicine Bow National Forest.
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Two Maui shoreline protection groups have filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the Hololani condominium association from beginning work on a measure to halt beach erosion.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A federal agency is getting an influx of funding to repair beach erosion and other damage to the Georgia coast caused by recent hurricanes.
The Army Corps of Engineers said in a news release that Congress has approved supplemental funding that includes $13 million for renourishment of the beach on Tybee Island near Savannah.
Ten miles from Louisiana's receding shore, on an island that was on the verge of sinking away, new land is growing at a rate of 200 feet per day.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A local Lawrence preservation group will bring native trees back to the banks of the Kansas River to help rid the waterway of pollution.
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A county in northwestern Washington state is purchasing three properties that were damaged from erosion caused by the Skagit River flooding.
Higher tides expected in coastal areas across US
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Expected high tides in coastal areas across the country increase the likelihood of coastal flooding, potentially deadly ocean currents and sand erosion.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Regulators in Virginia are citing the Mountain Valley Pipeline project for environmental violations they say include the improper release of sediment into waterways.
The Department of Environmental Quality announced Tuesday that it issued a notice of violation to the natural gas pipeline. Other alleged violations include failing to follow approved erosion and sediment control plans.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia has been halted to address some soil erosion problems.
Officials said Friday that the suspension is expected to be temporary for the natural gas pipeline's installation. Construction will resume with approval from Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality.
DEQ officials said in a statement that the pipeline will direct crews to enhance and restore erosion and sediment controls along the route.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Game and Fish Department has implemented a no-wake zone on the Missouri and Heart rivers to reduce bank erosion in the Bismarck-Mandan area.
The river level is expected to remain high through the summer due to higher-than-normal releases from Garrison Dam upstream because of a large amount of runoff in the basin.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A lighthouse in Virginia Beach that was the first federally funded construction project in the U.S. is set to close soon for a $1.5 million restoration project.
The Virginian-Pilot reports the effort to fix up the Cape Henry Lighthouse is projected to begin this fall.
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Morton County officials are asking boaters on the Missouri River to voluntarily keep wakes from eroding the banks.
The river level is expected to remain high throughout the summer due to higher-than-normal releases from Garrison Dam upstream.
Morton County's Office of Emergency Management says property owners along the river are worried about erosion caused by boat wakes.