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Central Coast Scientists Find That Noise Pollution From Human Activity Hinders Birds' Reproduction

Central Coast Scientists Find That Noise Pollution From Human Activity Hinders Birds' Reproduction | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Scientists on the Central Coast are finding just how much birds suffer as a result of noise pollution from human activity. Clint Francis, an assistant
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Coastal management and restoration of our planet's coastlines with a particular focus on California, Louisiana and the Pacific.  Emphasizing wetland restoration, aspects of agriculture in the coastal plain, fisheries, dealing with coastal hazards, and effective governance.
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Welcome to Coastal Restoration

Welcome to Coastal Restoration | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

Welcome to our curation site for all things coastal management-related.

 

Here you will find an array of stories, media, factoids, and updates on current events spanning a range of coastal and marine issues.  While we are interested in a great many things, most of these entries center upon our work to document, restore, and conserve coastal ecosystems and improve the overall management of these incredible, dynamic parts of our planet.

 

In particular, you'll find postings that reflect our deep, continuing interest in:

 

- riparian, wetland, beach, & reef restoration

- improved Coastal Zone Management 

- coastal agriculture/food systems

- sustainable fisheries management

- working ports & harbors

- vibrant ocean economies

- coastal ecology & natural history

- coastal energy production

- oil spills

- water quality & ecotoxicology in the coastal zone

- historical coastal perspectives & relationship to our world ocean



If any of these posts whet your appetite, you might also be interested in some of our other research, teaching, and updates:
 
- Pirate Lab's home (links to our various blogs): http://piratelab.org/
- Coastal Management podcasts: http://bit.ly/2z4oiTw
- YouTube videos (lectures, field, & lab videos): http://bit.ly/2gA7Wa9
- RestoringNOLA twiter feed: https://twitter.com/RestoringNOLA


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Plastic Free Oceans: Maersk Supply Service, The Ocean Cleanup Extend Partnership

Plastic Free Oceans: Maersk Supply Service, The Ocean Cleanup Extend Partnership | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Danish offshore support vessel operator Maersk Supply Service will continue providing marine support to The Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit engineering and environmental organization working to rid oceans of plastic pollution.

The Ocean Cleanup’s mission is to develop advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. To achieve this goal, the company's aim to stop the inflow via rivers and clean up what has already accumulated in the ocean. Its ultimate goal is reaching a 90% reduction of floating ocean plastic by 2040.

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Someone Wrote ‘Trump’ on a Florida Manatee

Someone Wrote ‘Trump’ on a Florida Manatee | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Wildlife authorities are investigating and said that the harassment of the manatee is illegal under state and federal laws.
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Voices From the Front Lines of America’s Food Supply

Voices From the Front Lines of America’s Food Supply | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Eleven workers, from the factories and farms to the highways and supermarkets, tell how they got themselves — and us — through a catastrophic year.
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14 clever COVID-19 design solutions from around the world

14 clever COVID-19 design solutions from around the world | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Checkboard-mowed grass, human snow globes, river movies, tented classrooms. In 2020, the worst of times pushed designers to find offbeat solutions.
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The Top Ten Ocean Stories of 2020 | Science


From the discovery of a giant coral reef pinnacle to a shocking estimate of plastics on the seafloor, these were the biggest marine moments of the year
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Cliff House Restaurant in San Francisco to Close Permanently Dec. 31

Cliff House Restaurant in San Francisco to Close Permanently Dec. 31 | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The Cliff House restaurant, which first opened 157 years ago, announced Sunday that the restaurant will close permanently on Dec. 31, a victim both of the COVID-19 pandemic and, its owners say, delays by the National Park Service in reaching a long-term operating contract with the restaurant.
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Contractors Dynamite Mountains, Bulldoze Desert In Race To Build Trump's Border Wall

In the Coronado National Memorial — where conquistador Francisco Vázquez de Coronado entered what is now Arizona — contractors are pulverizing the wilderness in a rush to put up as many miles of border wall as possible before the Trump administration vacates Washington. They're dynamiting mountainsides and bulldozing pristine desert for a barrier the incoming Biden administration is expected to cancel. 

"Wow! This is almost like busy work they're doing," exclaims biologist Myles Traphagen as he drives his truck up to the construction staging area and beholds the destruction for the first time. He specializes on the Arizona borderlands for the Wildlands Network. 

"They're cutting roads into a place where no vehicle could go, not a four-wheeler," he says. "But now they're cutting into the mountain to create access to build a wall."
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How safe is the water off the coast of the San Onofre nuclear plant?

How safe is the water off the coast of the San Onofre nuclear plant? | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Double-checking the numbers on releases from San Onofre nuclear plant into the ocean. Surfrider teams with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
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Artificial Reef Project Is a Go Off Beach Haven | The SandPaper

Artificial Reef Project Is a Go Off Beach Haven | The SandPaper | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
An artificial reef project initiated by the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association is expected to begin this week with the sinking of four vessels on Little Egg Reef, located approximately 5 miles of
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Coastal flooding, beach erosion, and high winds forecast with Monday's severe weather

Coastal flooding, beach erosion, and high winds forecast with Monday's severe weather | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Severe weather forecast for Sunday night and Monday could lead to minor beach erosion, rough surf, and potential coastal flooding, per a Sunday morning briefing from the National Weather Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City Office. Strong southerly winds with gusts up to 45-50 mph could result in coastal flooding on Monday, particularly for the [...] Local News |  Full Article
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https://www.savannahnow.com/news/20201201/georgia-moves-to-save-pristine-coastal-tract-from-development

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The Georgia Board of Natural Resources voted Tuesday to acquire 4,420 acres of undeveloped coastal habitat in southeastern Georgia from The Conservation Fund and the Open Space Institute.
Zachary Urabe's comment, December 1, 2020 5:57 PM
I wonder what protections that the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is able to provide the area other than just for preservation purposes.
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The 'smell' of coral as an indicator of reef health

The 'smell' of coral as an indicator of reef health | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
You might not normally think about what corals smell like—or how the smell changes during heat stress. However, that is what researchers from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), the University of Sydney and Southern Cross University set out to investigate on the Great Barrier Reef.
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Groups sue EPA to rescind Florida's wetlands authority

Groups sue EPA to rescind Florida's wetlands authority | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Environmental groups are seeking to undo a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency that handed Florida officials primary regulatory authority over the state’s wetlands
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National Coastal Organizations Propose Policies to Address Unprecedented Coastal Threats

National Coastal Organizations Propose Policies to Address Unprecedented Coastal Threats | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Coastal States Organization (CSO) and American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) have issued a call for policies, funding, and science to address the unprecedented challenges facing our nation’s coasts. In an era of rising sea, changing Great Lake levels, increasing storm intensity, coastal erosion and flooding, and lack of available coastal sediment, Congress and... Read More

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It's about time!

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Oil companies lock in drilling, challenging Biden on climate change

Oil companies lock in drilling, challenging Biden on climate change | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
In the closing months of Trump term, energy companies stockpiled enough drilling permits for western public lands to keep pumping oil for years.
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FEMA calculates riskiest places in U.S. Watch out, L.A.

FEMA calculates riskiest places in U.S. Watch out, L.A. | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
U.S. experts have calculated the riskiest and safest counties in the country for natural disasters, and Los Angeles is on the shakiest ground.
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3 Mountain Lions Spotted In Westlake Village

3 Mountain Lions Spotted In Westlake Village | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
3 Mountain Lions Spotted In Westlake Village - Agoura Hills, CA - The Lost Hills Sheriff's station reported that three mountain lions were spotted near a residential Westlake Village street Tuesday morning.
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Taxpayers could pay millions to close two oil facilities in Ventura, Santa Barbara counties

Taxpayers could pay millions to close two oil facilities in Ventura, Santa Barbara counties | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
It’s been nearly three years since an oil pipeline ruptured in Santa Barbara County, coating seven miles of beaches with crude oil and killing dolphins, birds and sea lions.

Area parks and fisheries have since reopened. The pipeline has not, and the company that owns it is under criminal indictment. But the financial impacts of the 2015 Refugio oil spill continue to wash up in California.

The latest example: State lawmakers are considering an unprecedented request to spend more than $100 million in taxpayer money to dismantle two offshore oil-drilling facilities — a platform connected to the ruptured pipeline and a manmade island in nearby Ventura County — because the oil companies that were leasing the sites went bankrupt last year.

“Just because they decided to walk away doesn’t mean that we can walk away,” said state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, a Democrat from Santa Barbara.

“So right now, the state is holding the bag.”

It’s too soon to say whether the situation is an aberration or a sign of things to come. California has a long history as a major oil-producing state but has more recently embraced environmental policies that require a shift away from petroleum. The Southern California coast is dotted with 31 oil platforms and artificial islands, some of which date back to the 1950s and are in poor condition. The state expects many to be decommissioned in the coming decades as they reach the end of their productive lives.


Oil companies accept responsibility to plug wells and return the ocean to its natural state when they enter leases with the state to drill. The current proposal for taxpayers to foot the bill illustrates what happens when the companies can’t do it.

State officials are asking for $50.5 million to plug and abandon wells at Rincon Island in Ventura County, whose owner declared bankruptcy after being charged with numerous safety violations and a state of disrepair. And they are seeking $58 million to shutter the rig known as Platform Holly in Santa Barbara County, which has been idle since the pipeline owned by Plains All American Pipeline ruptured in 2015 and then shut down, leading Venoco, the company that was leasing the platform, to go bankrupt. In both cases, those costs would cover just the first phase of dismantling. The projects would require more money for the decommissioning stage, likely beginning in 2020.


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Shemzheru Tenkawur's curator insight, December 9, 2020 9:45 AM
I heard about this in my environmental science class while doing a reading. Although, I am for its closing i'm not for us paying for it when corporations where the ones that put it up and destroyed the environment further with their competition mentalities.
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Small herbaria make outsize contributions

Small herbaria make outsize contributions | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Small herbarium specimens are likely to be unduplicated elsewhere, or found only in other small herbaria.
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Auditors slam EU for 'marine protected areas' that fail to protect ocean

Auditors slam EU for 'marine protected areas' that fail to protect ocean | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Europe’s marine protected areas (MPAs), set up to prevent biodiversity loss at sea, are failing to protect the oceans according to an excoriating report from auditors. Examining actions to protect marine life over the past decade, the European court of auditors raised a “red flag” warning the EU had failed to halt marine biodiversity loss in Europe’s waters and restore fishing to sustainable levels. Its report concluded there had bee
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Risk to Sea Turtles Rises Because of Eta Beach Erosion

Risk to Sea Turtles Rises Because of Eta Beach Erosion | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Eta’s storm surge ravaged Tampa Bay’s beaches, where loggerhead sea turtles comes to lay their eggs.
Eric Pachowicz's comment, December 4, 2020 8:24 PM
I'd be very curious if they have any plans to combat this erosion and help the turtles.
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Cape Cod Island To Open For First Time In 300 Years | Earthwhile

Cape Cod Island To Open For First Time In 300 Years | Earthwhile | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Sipson Island, in Cape Cod's Pleasant Bay, will open to the public on Saturday for the first time since 1711.
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It's back!
Jennifer Torres's comment, December 1, 2020 2:48 PM
yaayy!! glad to see that the public will have access to places like this.
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Shark attacks California woman off beach in Maui

Shark attacks California woman off beach in Maui | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
A 35-year-old California woman is in stable condition after a shark attacked her on Thanksgiving while she was swimming in the ocean off a beach in Hawaii. Shortly before 3 p.m., the woman was swim…
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Not much to say accept for that this is terrible!
Jeremy Ruiz's comment, November 30, 2020 6:08 PM
We're becoming quite popular on the sharks pallet!
Megan Brown's comment, December 2, 2020 2:12 PM
Glad that the woman is stable and being taken care of. One of the comments said that it was probably a tiger shark and not a great white. I wonder if the reporter chose a great white for shock value.