Today in WaterWise news:
Sea level rise from melting Antarctic ice sheet may not be as bad as we thought ♦ Congress investigates global warming "pause" while temperatures continue to rise ♦ Great Lakes levels likely to stay above average with El Nino ♦ Congress looks to take away EPA's authority over nuclear waste at West Lake Landfill ♦ Coastal erosion is washing away our archaeological footprint ♦ Gov. Jindal proposes cutting $6.4M from coastal agency ♦ GA & SC port authorities to collaborate on new terminal ♦ Seawall gets green light in East Hampton ♦ Coastal communities consider protecting, accommodating, or retreating ♦ Dredging will make it easier to navigate "The Fingers" ♦ Drones could monitor Plum Island beach erosion ♦ CT shoreline threat
Tech Times - Scientists agree that melting ice caps in Antarctica have the potential to significantly impact the world, but according to some, not to the nightmarish point others may think. Findings from research published in the Nature journal said that, based on new study models, sea levels will most likely rise to about 10 cm (3.94 inches) by 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions rise to a medium or high rate. Read more.
Washington Post - Matters seem to have escalated in the current dispute between Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and the National Oceanic Administration. As our own Joby Warrick and Lisa Rein have reported, Smith sent subpoenas to NOAA several weeks ago, seeking internal email documents regarding a blockbuster June study by its scientists, which had appeared to erase the notion of a global warming "pause." Read more.
U.S. News - Water levels in the Great Lakes should remain mostly above average over the next six moths as a powerful El Nino gives the region a break after two bitterly cold winters, but it's unclear whether there will be longer-term effects, federal scientists said Thursday. Read more.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - After 25 years of failing to clean up the radioactive West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should be fired from the job, according Missouri's congressional leaders. Read more.
Times-Picayune - Abandoned settlements, buried villages, sagging forts an submerged outposts, all along the sinking Louisiana coast. Today the remnants of these places and the remains generated from the peoples that occupied these places and the remains generated from the peoples that occupied them appear as artifact scatters along a marsh island shoreline, decaying wood in a back-bay or bayou and eroding shell mounds along modern-cut canals. Read more.
Times-Picayune - Gov. Bobby Jindal's efforts to overcome a nearly $500 million mid-year deficit includes a proposal to trim $6.4 million from the agency that overseas coastal restoration and hurricane levees, which could result in delays in some restoration projects, according to the agency's director. Read more.
Ship-Technology - The port authorities of Georgia and South Carolina have reportedly entered into an agreement to work together on the development of a new terminal on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River. Read more.
The East Hampton Star - A sandbag seawall being built to armor the downtown Montauk ocean shore will be completed, East Hampton Town officials insisted Monday, despite a swell of vehement protest that arose after work by the Army Corps of Engineers got under way early this month. Read more.
Point Reyes Light - Every seat was filled at a public meeting about coping with sea level rise in West Marin, held at the Stinson Beach Community Center last Saturday. About 175 people came to learn about a host of measures that fall into three categories: protect, accommodate and retreat. Read more.
Valley Morning Star - It will soon be smooth sailing and full throttle through the new Venice entrance. Interim City Manager, Jared Hockema says the dredging of "The Fingers" entrance will be complete by the end of the month. Read more.
Newburyport News - Tides and erosion here have been monitored for centuries, but using drones for the task must be a first. The city's Conservation Commission has contracted to deploy a local company called UAVLook to record images of the Newburyport end of Plum Island. Read more.
WTNH - Children born today will grow up with a much different Connecticut coast. According to the Nature Conservancy, Connecticut will lose 24,000 acres of land to sea level rise by 2080. Read more.