Environment

The story of our coastlines is a tale of sediment in motion. How it moves, where it moves, why it moves – all chronicle the forces that shape our shorelines. At its heart, this is a (not so) simple tale: Waves, winds, water and weather work together (most of the time, at least) to keep coastal sediment in constant motion. These forces ensure the coast is an ever-changing environment, albeit with changes that can be minutely subtle some days and drastically shocking on others.
It’s a common misconception: Older adults don’t care about climate change. Why? Because they won’t be around long enough to experience the results, the misguided thinking goes. Mick Smyer has stepped inside the eye of the storm to reverse this myth. It began with Hurricane Katrina, which devastated his hometown of New Orleans in 2005. Then it was the birth of twin grandsons in 2015, who deserve a planet free from devastating weather events.
Last week, Barbuda Fisheries completed the demarcation of Barbuda’s coastal sanctuaries. This marks an important milestone in the island’s efforts to manage and protect its marine resources. Over the last three months, a team consisting of Barbuda Fisheries, the Codrington Lagoon National Park, Maurice Underwater Services and the Waitt Institute installed 27 buoys and 15 signs on water and land to mark the boundaries of Barbuda’s marine protected zones. These zones stem from a law passed in 2014, when the Barbuda Council established coastal sanctuaries, no net zones, and anchoring zones around the island.The Barbuda Council established the protected zones to sustainably manage important marine habitats. The reserves allow fish and lobster populations to replenish and spill-over into nearby areas that remain open for fishing.
MIAMI (April 13, 2017) — Since the beginning of dry season on November 1st, South Florida has only experienced 44 percent of expected rainfall for the region, which is 6.75 inches below average. For this reason, it is extremely important that Miami-Dade County residents continue to adhere to the year-round two-day a week watering restrictions.
Years – even decades – of experience has proven that sound science is essential for sound coastal management and protection. So any efforts to undercut coastal science, either by cuts in funding or a general dismissive attitude – is cause for concern. Early calls for drastic budget cuts in federal spending for crucial coastal agencies warrant the attention of coastal communities, both to support essential coastal science services at the federal level and to better understand the vital role some of these otherwise obscure agencies and programs play in protecting our coast.
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