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Hope for Avoiding ‘Flood Insurance Nightmare’ Lies in Red River Levee Work

The threat of a flood insurance nightmare in Louisiana’s Rapides Parish and elsewhere was delayed, but not eliminated, by Congress last year. But the threat is slowly diminishing as work proceeds to fix deficiencies in the Red River levees to …

Report: High, Wide Dunes Worked During Superstorm Sandy

A study by a leading coastal science center lends new support to New Jersey’s efforts to build protective sand dunes along its 127-mile coast. The Coastal Research Center at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey studied the state’s beaches …

Federal Judge Allows N.J. Town’s Dune Construction Plan to Proceed

A federal judge ruled on Jan. 15 to let a beach replenishment project proceed — for now — over the objections of a Jersey shore town that does not want the sand piles. Judge Renee Marie Bumb decided that neither …

New Jersey Beach Owner Sues to Stop Dune Project

A major Jersey shore beach owner is suing the state, the federal government and the borough of Point Pleasant Beach over a project to establish protective sand dunes along the state’s shoreline. Jenkinson’s Pavilion, one of the state’s largest and …

GOP Fundraiser: N.J. Gov. Christie’s Sand Dune Plan Is ‘Stupid’

Plenty of oceanfront homeowners at the Jersey shore are unhappy with GOP Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to widen beaches and build protective sand dunes along the state’s entire 127-mile coastline. Among them is Lawrence Bathgate, one of the Republican Party’s …

Civil Engineers Hit Lack of National Plan on Flood Mitigation

An organization of civil engineers is calling for a national strategy for mitigating flood risks, saying the U.S. has not fully heeded lessons from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. The American Society of Civil Engineers released its recommendations this week …

Endangered Birds Halt Dune Project in Long Island, N.Y.

A federal judge has temporarily halted a dune replenishment project on New York’s Fire Island over concerns it could harm an endangered bird population. Newsday reports Judge Sandra Feuerstein’s ruling on Sept. 12 stops work at Smith Point County Park …

Communities at Risk in Wake of Failure to Address Rising Seas

Missions flown from the NASA base here have documented some of the most dramatic evidence of a warming planet over the past 20 years: the melting of polar ice, a force contributing to a global rise in ocean levels. The …

New York’s Staten Island Gets $56M to Control Future Flooding

New York officials say $33 million in federal Sandy relief will be going toward the purchase of about 24 acres on Staten Island to control future flooding. Sen. Charles Schumer and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the …

Bridgeport, Conn., Getting $10M to Help Protect City Against Coastal Flooding

Connecticut’s largest city is getting $10 million from the federal government to help protect it against another superstorm like Sandy in 2012. Bridgeport, Conn., officials told the Connecticut Post that the money will be used to engineer strategies to protect …