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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 …

N.J. Awards $23.8M Contract to Build Steel Sea Wall in 2 Shore Towns

A northern New Jersey firm will get a $23.8 million contract to build a protective steel sea wall in two of the shore communities hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy. The state’s Environmental Protection Department announced the deal with EIC Associates …

Massachusetts Bill Seeks to Create ‘Coastal Buyback Program’

A bill filed in Massachusetts Legislature last week would create a “coastal buyback program” allowing the state to purchase land that is repeatedly threatened by damaging tides or is located in flood plain areas. The program is part of a …

Vermont Already Preparing for the Next Big Storm

Vermont and federal officials Monday highlighted the state’s ongoing efforts to prepare for what is expected to be increasingly severe weather, most likely floods, in the coming years as the effects of a warming world continue to be felt. They …

FEMA: 17 New Jersey Towns Recognized for Reducing Their Flood Hazard Risk

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said 17 New Jersey municipalities are being recognized in two awards ceremonies this week for reducing their flood hazard risk through FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS). Residents in participating municipalities are eligible for incremental premium …

FEMA Grants Helping to Raise Flood-Prone R.I. Homes

The owners of eight flood-prone properties near Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly, R.I., are using federal grant funds to raise their homes and businesses high enough to minimize any future damage. The Westerly Sun reports that eight property owners are …