Capital Press - While applauding the intent of Senate bills to keep U.S. ports functioning during labor disputes, Chris Schlect, president of the Northwest Horticultural Council, questions if they will be sufficient. The main bill, introduced June 5 by Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., would allow governors of states with seaports to use the Taft-Hartley Act to order workers back on the job. Currently, only the president can do that.
National Law Review - Two weeks ago, we started our series of posts examining the Obama Administration’s final rule redefining the waters subject to federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act by looking at the bottom line, legally, of the waters now considered to be always jurisdictional. We then examined the waters that will probably be (and may be) jurisdictional, as well as a few of the ambiguities remaining in the final rule and some that were resolved by the agencies before finalization.
Palm Beach Daily News - The Town Council approved awarding a $16.9 million contract for South End beach nourishment Tuesday but the project could end up coming in under budget as the town is likely to receive some unexpected money.A change in its funding source for coastal projects will allow Palm Beach County to reimburse the town 20 percent, or $3.4 million of the total $17.2 million needed for the Reach 7 project. The plan is to place 1 million cubic yards of sand from the north end of Phipps Ocean Park to the north end of Kreusler Park.
Asbury Park Press - Delays in a long-planned beach replenishment project for northern Ocean County have led Township Council members to lash out at both the federal and state agencies involved. Just a month after a Councilman Maurice B. “Mo” Hill Jr. bashed the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General’s Office for not moving quickly enough to collect the easements necessary to begin the project, Councilwoman Maria Maruca expressed her frustration Tuesday night with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Mashable - To help developing countries as well as communities in the United States prepare for the impacts of global warming, NASA on released a vast database of climate modeling simulation results on Tuesday that provide high resolution details of what our future climate may look like. The NASA data, which includes simulations from 21 different computer models, is part of the Obama administration’s effort to push climate adaptation policies forward at the same time as it works to cut emissions of global warming pollutants like carbon dioxide, thereby lessening the magnitude of warming.
San Diego Union Tribune - With a potentially precedent-setting legal battle over an Encinitas seawall in the hands of the state’s highest court, the San Diego County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation used the sand-colored structure as a backdrop Monday to announce it’s joining the fight. Two Encinitas families have sued the California Coastal Commission, challenging the agency’s power to institute a 20-year time limit on seawall permits. The outcome of the case could affect sea walls all along the California coast.
Contra Costa Times - Ever since the state’s salinity barrier stopped water from flowing through a segment of False River on May 29 — a last-ditch drought effort to keep salty bay water from encroaching on the clean Delta drinking water — the currents have shifted dramatically, endangering boaters and threatening nearby levees, island officials and residents say.
Coastal News - The US Army Corps of Engineers has published announcements regarding various projects. The work consists of maintenance dredging of the Military Ocean Terminal, Sunny Point in Brunswick County, North Carolina. The work will consist of removal and disposal of shoaled material that has accumulated in the channels since they were last dredged. The dredging shall be performed by mechanical dredge (clamshell, dragline or dipper). Dredging depth is 38 feet plus 2 feet of allowable over depth.
West Central's Best - The Louisiana National Guard is continuing to assist local, parish and state officials, as directed by Governor Bobby Jindal, by hauling assets, assisting construction efforts, and positioning teams to assess potentially affected areas.