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Are you experiencing saltwater intrusion to your aging infrastructure? Do you have low-lying roads that are susceptible to flooding? Finding it problematic to secure funding for projects to mitigate for hazardous events? Is it difficult to communicate the risks associated with some of these impacts? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then…

Innovative national conference to explore how communities solve waterfront challenges

As urban, commercial, and rural waterfronts across the U.S. face challenges to their continued existence and development, community leaders are increasingly finding solutions by listening, learning and interacting with each other. That’s the impetus behind the National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium, which runs this year from Nov.16-19 in Tampa, Fla. It’s the only conference…

Webinar announcement: Climate change, community resilience and restoration in the Gulf of Mexico

Many restoration planning documents and programs in the Gulf of Mexico highlight the need to address climate change impacts as part of the restoration framework. While precedent exists on how to integrate climate change into restoration decision-making, many post-Deepwater Horizon restoration projects fail to adequately address climate change impacts. At the same time, coastal communities…

Hanisko recognized for leadership in climate field

The Gulf of Mexico Climate Outreach Community of Practice has awarded the 2014 Gulf of Mexico Spirit of Community Award to Marian Hanisko, a coastal management specialist on contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Gulf Coast Services Center and an Ocean Springs, Miss., resident. Her peers in this professional group selected her as the colleague…

Floodplain managers come together to plan for flood insurance challenges

(BILOXI, Miss.) — Changes to the National Flood Insurance Program are raising many questions about how much flood insurance premium will increase, when those increases will take place, and what communities must do to retain discounts for residents through a program called the Community Rating System. Professionals who work closely with flood management issues in…

Handbook Shows Homeowners How to Prepare for Hazards

With hurricane season only a few weeks away, now is the time homeowners should start making necessary preparations to protect their homes and loved ones. Through the new Louisiana Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards, residents of Louisiana have a useful resource at their fingertips as they begin readying their families for natural disasters….

Second Annual Nutria Rodeo Scheduled

The Second Annual Nutria Rodeo at the Larose Regional Park will be Saturday, March 23. Nutria damage between 6,000 and 10,000 acres of coastal marsh each year. Without continued control of the nutria population, the invasive species will continue to destroy the state’s vital marshes. Visit www.sassafrasla.org for more information.  

Training to explore community strategies for changing climate

A climate adaptation training course for coastal communities will take place Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 27-March 1, at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center, 1815 Popps Ferry Road, in Biloxi. The interactive, three-day training course will offer climate adaptation toolkits that will help identify and address planning priorities. The training is for land-use planners,…

Should the buyer be more aware?

Florida state law that’s intended to alert coastal property buyers about stringent construction and environmental regulations affecting the property may not be working as well as anticipated. According to results of a recent research survey, most buyers who had recently purchased property falling within the state’s specially designated Coastal Construction Line zone were not made aware of…