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Offshore Wind Sale Sets Offshore Record
The New York Bight offshore wind sale was the nation’s highest grossing competitive offshore energy lease sale in history! $4.37 Billion investments will play an important role in tackling the climate crisis and creating thousands of good-paying, union jobs across the nation.
Secretary Haaland’s NEWSWAVE 5
Introducing this new NEWSWAVE feature, Secretary Haaland shares highlights of the work DOI is doing to bolster our Blue Portfolio.
Sea Level Rise Scenarios
USGS co-chairs the U.S. Sea level Rise and Coastal Flood Hazards Scenarios and Tools Interagency Task Force which published updated sea-level rise projections out to 2050, offering information to help communities prepare and reduce risk related to sea-level rise.
WWll Shipwreck Inventory
A new report by BOEM and NOAA includes a complete inventory of WW2 shipwreck sites off the coast of North Carolina, that will help us manage our historic properties as we plan offshore activities.
Science for HABs in NPS Waterway
USGS and NPS partnered in a nationwide HAB field study in parks that experience recurring HABs and related human and wildlife issues. The program is sampling six marine and 12 freshwater parks and is designed to address critical management needs, such as monitoring and response.
First RAY Diversity Fellowship
USFWS Chesapeake Bay Field Office hosts fellows with the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship. The RAY Fellowship is a two-year position dedicated to creating opportunities for emerging leaders of color who are passionate about engaging in conservation and clean energy.
Coastal Habitats for Migrating Monarchs
Fragmented and lost habitat across monarch migratory pathways have caused significant population declines that threaten the species. Poplar Island, a restored coastal area in Chesapeake Bay, provides critical habitat for migrating monarch butterflies and a chance to help tag and study them.
Shorebirds and Marine Debris
The Atlantic Marine Bird Cooperative has published a report with a plan to address marine debris impacts on birds, which include entanglement, entrapment, ingestion and degraded nesting habitat.
Parks, Pirates and Privateers
From forts and seashores to ports of call, our national parks connect you to our nation’s maritime history. Learn about pirate history and more—your parks are national treasures offering a bounty of adventure.
Maintenance Action Teams-Critical to Restoring Wetlands
As we continue to learn more about restoring wetlands, we continue to innovate ways to build back better wetlands. Heavy equipment operators are vital to restoring wetlands as these new designs rely on experienced maintenance action teams. Restoring Dusky Marsh at Basket Slough National Wildlife Refuge showcases this history and the skills that continue to evolve.
U.S. Offshore Wind Milestones
Interior puts vision into action for harnessing offshore wind. Groundbreaking for Vineyard Wind 1 is the first of many projects that are fulfilling the U.S. commitment to produce 30 GW from offshore wind.
Addressing Coastal Resilience
The Fall 2021 issue shares articles demonstrating many ways DOI is addressing coastal resilience. One example is the Coastal Resilience Workshop where 400 Federal employees came together to share their expertise. Hosted by the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (SOST), DOI joined other key Federal agencies to coordinate in addressing a range of coastal resilience needs.
Restoring Lands to Native Hawaiians
After appraisal and environmental review, GSA approved the conveyance of an 80-acre parcel to the Hawaiian Lands Trust. The land has the potential to provide homesteads for 200-400 Native Hawaiian families.
Gifts from the Deep
Nicole Yamase is the first Pacific Islander to descend 36,000 feet underwater to the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench. She took several items with her on this historical expedition including an autographed flag of the Federated States of Micronesia and badges from the mission. She donated these items to the Interior Museum to commemorate the deep sea dive and the historical achievement.
Restoring Reefs, Reducing Risks
Researchers at USGS, the University of California and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show that coral reef restoration across Florida and Puerto Rico could prevent the loss of more than $270 million annually from flooding. Watch the video.
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