BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — The National Park Service says numerous improvements are taking place at Acadia National Park in Maine over the coming months.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The City of Portland and the state of Oregon say they're partnering to address the Portland Harbor cleanup efforts.
Last December, the U.S. Environmental Protection...
HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Department of Environmental Services has closed the state's ocean coastline and Hampton-Seabrook Harbor to shellfish harvesting because of a toxin that comes...
3 Acadia Trails closed because of nesting falcons
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Acadia National Park officials are closing trails to protect nesting peregrine falcons.
Rangers say falcons have returned to several locations and are defending...
HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu City Council is urging the state Department of Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reject the military's plans to prevent leaks of enormous fuel...
Class on how to spot forest pest held at Acadia
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — The National Park Service and Maine officials are holding an event at Acadia National Park to help people learn to look for an invasive forest pest that has been found in...
Repairs to USS Arizona Memorial loading dock delayed
HONOLULU (AP) — The planned reopening of the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor that had been set for the end of March has been delayed.
The National Park Service suspended access to one...
Future of Georgia port expansion hinges on oxygen injectors
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A loud hum drones from a twisting array of machines and pipes connected to four towering metal cones that mix water from the Savannah River with oxygen filtered from the air...
Mayor: LA will ditch plan to rebuild natural gas plants
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles will abandon a plan to spend billions of dollars rebuilding three natural gas power plants as the city moves toward renewable energy, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday.
Hawaii tourism industry keeps Pearl Harbor center open
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii tour companies, hotels and airlines are pitching in more than $50,000 to keep the USS Arizona Memorial visitors' center open during the federal government shutdown.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the money will keep the National Park Service facility staffed, its bathrooms open and its programs running for at least another week.
Coast Guard directs cleanup after Alaska fishing boat sinks
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is leading cleanup efforts after a fishing vessel sank in a harbor in southern Alaska, releasing an unknown amount of marine diesel and other petroleum products.
The 71-foot (22-meter) Nordic Viking boat sank for unknown reasons last week in Seward Harbor, the Peninsula Clarion reported Sunday.
Tumor-free flounder: Study underscores Boston Harbor rebirth
BOSTON (AP) — A canary in a coal mine? How about a flounder in a harbor?
In a study published last week in the journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts declared that flounder in Boston's once notoriously polluted harbor are now tumor-free.
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.
Grant announced to aid restoration of SC’s Crab Bank
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A foundation has granted $700,000 to the effort to save South Carolina's Crab Bank, a greatly eroded island and bird breeding area in Charleston Harbor.
The Post and Courier reports that the grant was needed by organizers hoping to complete a $1.4 million fundraising effort.
EPA proposes scaling back cleanup of Portland Harbor
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed to scale back the scope and cost of a planned $1 billion cleanup of a 10-mile (16-kilometer) stretch of Oregon's Willamette River as it winds through Portland's industrial area.
Five years of research shows one contaminant in the Portland Harbor is less toxic than previously thought and scaling back cleanup plans for that contaminant could reduce the cost of the overall project by $35 million, the agency said Monday.
Mayor offers waterfront plan to save Boston from rising seas
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh unveiled a plan Wednesday to transform the city's waterfront to protect the low-lying, extensively landfilled city from climate change and rising sea levels.
The Democratic mayor's "Resilient Boston Harbor" plan calls for the creation of 67 acres (27 hectares) of new open space and the restoration of 122 acres (49 hectares) of tidal areas and parklands to serve as natural buffers during major floods.
Study shows PCBs in South Carolina river, harbor fish
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A new study shows high levels of a chemical compound in fish caught near the South Carolina coast.
The study by the Medical University of South Carolina found elevated levels of PCBs in fish from Charleston Harbor and the Ashley and Cooper rivers, The Post and Courier of Charleston reported.
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.
USS Arizona Memorial closes after loading dock sinks
HONOLULU (AP) — The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor will be closed for the rest of the week after the floating dock where visitors depart to the site became partially submerged, the National Park Service said.
Boat tours to the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Honolulu stopped Sunday after the 180-foot (55-meter) concrete dock dipped below the water overnight.
3rd Minke whale this season found dead in Cape Cod waters
BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A minke whale has died in Cape Cod waters, the third such whale found in area waters this season.
The 18-foot whale that was hauled ashore Saturday in Barnstable was first spotted alive Friday morning in Wellfleet Harbor.
Oyster growers to appeal after state denies pesticide use
SOUTH BEND, Wash. (AP) — A group of oyster growers say they'll appeal a day after state regulators denied their request to use a pesticide to control burrowing shrimp in oyster and clam beds in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor.
The Department of Ecology on Thursday denied the permit. They said mounting scientific research confirms that the insecticide imidacloprid poses "too great a risk" to the environment.
Acting national park service director gets a look at Acadia
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — U.S. Sen. Angus King said he emphasized the importance of addressing a maintenance backlog during a tour of Acadia National Park with the acting National Park Service director.
King said Thursday that Americans are falling short of a commitment to leave national parks in better shape for the next generation. There is currently a $12 billion backlog of maintenance nationwide. Acadia's backlog is pegged at $60 million.
Contract awarded to dredge polluted Lake Superior harbor
DETROIT (AP) — Federal officials have awarded a contract to remove copper mine waste from a Lake Superior harbor, where it threatens to damage crucial fish spawning habitat more than a century after companies dumped it into the water.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Petersen Companies Inc. of Minocqua, Wisconsin, will dredge about 27,500 cubic yards (21,025 cubic meters) of material known as "stamp sands" from in and around Grand Traverse Harbor.
Humpback whales spotted feeding in Boston Harbor
BOSTON (AP) — People taking whale watch cruises out of Boston usually have to travel miles out to sea to spot whales.
But several humpback whales have been spotted in the harbor in the last few days, providing thrills just a quarter mile from downtown Boston.
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation posted a video on Twitter of a whale breaching, calling it a "beautiful and rare sight to see."
Work continues on Wisconsin harbor destroyed by flood
SAXON HARBOR, Wis. (AP) — The power of water is on constant display here.
It can be seen from the erosion of the steep clay banks, the waves that crash into the breakwalls and the rising waters that have consumed the beach.
The first nor'easter of the season arrived earlier this month and brought with it 5- to 6-foot rollers, temperatures in the 50s but a real-feel in the upper 40s thanks to the steady winds.
Orca back to feeding, frolicking after carrying dead calf
FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — Researchers say an endangered killer whale that drew international attention as she carried her dead calf on her head for more than two weeks is finally back to feeding and frolicking with her pod.
The Center for Whale Research in Washington state says it watched the orca, known as J35, chase a school of salmon in Haro Strait west of San Juan Island on Saturday afternoon.
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PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Ray Emory survived the early morning attack on Pearl Harbor that killed nearly 2,400 servicemen in shower of bombs and explosions nearly 80 years ago.
The 97-year-old never forgot those who died that day, spending the past few decades doggedly pushing for the remains of those buried as unknowns to be identified and returned to their families.
MONTAUK, N.Y. (AP) — Even after winter storms left East Coast harbors thick with ice, some of the country's top chefs and trendy restaurants were offering sushi-grade tuna supposedly pulled in fresh off the coast of New York.
But it was just an illusion. No tuna was landing there. The fish had long since migrated to warmer waters.
EPA: Dredging begins at Indiana Harbor Ship Canal
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — Dredging of a ship canal in northwest Indiana has begun as environmental regulators continue to study off-site disposal options for highly contaminated sediments, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Officials continue repairing USS Arizona Memorial
HONOLULU (AP) — The National Park Service is working as fast as possible to reopen access to the USS Arizona Memorial after cracks were discovered last month on the floating concrete pier near the metal access ramp, officials said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday night approved a nearly $3 billion bill to improve the nation's ports, dams and harbors, protect against floods, restore shorelines and support other water-related projects.
BOSTON (AP) — A harbor barrier to protect Boston from rising seas and increased flooding due to climate change could cost nearly $12 billion and take more than 30 years to complete, according to a new analysis from the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — A new "whale warning flag" will be flown by boats and select land stations along the west side of San Juan Island starting this weekend to let boaters know whales are in the area.
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A National Park Service study says visitors at Acadia National Park last year spent an all-time high of $284 million.
The annual economic analysis released Monday shows more than half of the revenue came from lodging and camping and food and beverage. Gas, souvenirs, admissions and local transportation made up the rest of the revenue.
Officials say the local economy received a cumulative benefit of about $338 million.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gas company NW Natural spent $21 million building a state-of-the art groundwater treatment system that would stop toxic pollution from flowing off its industrial site into the Willamette River.
It's a celebrated example of "early action" taken voluntarily by some of the companies responsible for cleaning up contamination at the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.
HARTFORD — A group opposed to a $1 billion plan to rebuild the movable Walk Bridge over the Norwalk River — an aging relic that frequently delays Metro-North trains when it fails — are pressing lawmakers and the state to start over.
"We want [the state] to rethink the costly and disruptive plan to build a massive lift bridge," said Fred Krupp, a member of Norwalk Harbor Keeper, during a lobbying effort Monday at the state Capitol.
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A wastewater treatment firm agreed Tuesday to pay $1.6 million to settle a lawsuit with Massachusetts for a spill in which more than 10 million gallons of raw sewage flowed into state-owned woodlands in Plymouth and Plymouth Harbor.
The settlement by Veolia Water North America Northeast is believed to be the largest ever paid for violations of the state's Clean Waters Act, officials said.
SEATTLE (AP) — State regulators on Monday tentatively denied a request by Willapa Bay oyster growers to use a pesticide to control shrimp that burrow in oyster and clam beds and make it hard for the shellfish to grow.
In denying a permit, the Department of Ecology said that new scientific research and data show the pesticide imidacloprid would have too great an impact on other marine organisms, wildlife and the environment.
BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is giving the state of Maine more than $700,000 to help provide better data to try to protect endangered right whales.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources says the grant funds a three-year project set to begin this summer that will support work aimed at improving and increasing the amount of data on fishing gear. The data can be used to inform future protections for the whales.
HONOLULU (AP) — A Navy analysis may underestimate the contamination potential of leaks from giant fuel tanks near Pearl Harbor, environmental regulators said.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Hawaii Department of Health sent a letter to the Navy last month outlining their concerns about the Navy's work.
$973M deepening of Savannah harbor nearing halfway point
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A dredging ship on the Savannah River emptied another load of sand and mud capable of filling roughly 170 dump trucks Wednesday as officials overseeing the $973 million deepening of the shipping channel to the Port of Savannah declared the project had nearly reached its halfway point.
Ohio has new uses for sediment from Lake Erie’s harbors
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The federal agency that keeps open shipping channels along Lake Erie has settled a long dispute with Ohio over what to do with sand, soil and mud scooped out of Cleveland's harbor.
What's next for the state is getting rid of more than 1.2 million tons (1.1 million metric tons) of sediment dredged from seven other ports each year before a new law bans dumping it in the lake by the summer of 2020.
University of Michigan Dearborn seeks to curb deer numbers
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A hunt is planned starting Saturday at the University of Michigan Dearborn to kill deer that officials say threaten the environment and could harbor disease-carrying ticks.
School hooked on personalized learning through fishing lures
Educators in tiny Fairport Harbor, Ohio, got hooked on the growing concept of personalized learning the way so many perch and walleye get snagged in neighboring Lake Erie — with a fishing lure and some luck.
Settlement reached in East Chicago pollution lawsuit
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana energy company has reached a court settlement with the state and federal governments to clean up operations, resolving a case that involved hundreds of violations of federal pollution standards.
Acadia National Park closing up as shutdown enters new week
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Acadia National Park is drawing down operations in the midst of a federal government shutdown.
Park spokeswoman Christie Anastasia says Monday that all but 15 of the park's 94 staff members will be furloughed. She says most of the workers who aren't scheduled for furlough are law enforcement personnel.
Shutdown closes Hawaii volcano park; Pearl Harbor still open
HONOLULU (AP) — A federal government shutdown has caused one Hawaii national park to close and another to struggle to stay open.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which draws tourists and hikers to the site of active volcanoes, closed Saturday for the safety of visitors.
Park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane said some areas including Highway 11 and trails were open. But access could change without notice.
Wallaby hops across Sydney Harbor Bridge, captured uninjured
SYDNEY (AP) — A wayward wallaby disrupted downtown traffic by bounding across the Sydney Harbor Bridge on Tuesday with police in pursuit.
The adult male was captured without any apparent serious injury and is expected to be released back into the wild within days.
Swamp wallabies, which are smaller marsupials than their kangaroo cousins, are common across eastern Australia, but are rarely seen in cities.