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January 26, 2021

McFaddin dune project bolstered by new money

first_img Problems abound on the shoreline, not the least of which is erosion that’s averaging perhaps 9 feet a year but extends deeper in some places, perhaps costing some 36 acres of shoreline loss annually in Jefferson County. Erosion endangers the dunes that keep saltwater out of ecologically at-risk areas, endangering some aquatic plants and animals. When the plants die, the dunes become more at risk, exacerbating the shoreline’s decline.That’s why coastline supporters needed funding to bankroll the dune-and-berm project, which would restore to a total of 20 miles the beach dune ridge system, three miles of which are in place.Protecting wetlandsRichardson said that would protect the significant wetlands behind the dunes, habitat for waterfowl, songbirds and other at-risk creatures and would protect the Jefferson County portion of the Chenier Plain, a 200-mile stretch of wetlands, uplands and open water that extend from Galveston to Vermilion Bay in Louisiana.“The Chenier Plain is one of the most globally significant eco-regions that we have, really in all the western hemisphere … This is one of the most important areas for and wintering waterfowl, and wading birds and shorebirds in all of North America, particularly important as a larval or nursery area for finfish and shellfish,” said Carter Smith, director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.“And of course the marshes and dunes play a critically important role in the resilience of these communities as the first line of defense against storm surges.”Richardson said the berm project will resume in earnest late this year and into 2019. Grasses planted on the dune will root quickly, he said, holding the dunes together.He said three miles of dunes restored have weathered storms nicely this year, a harbinger of hope for the project that will continue to unfold. By Ken [email protected] $26.5 million award to the Texas General Land Office to restore 17 miles of beach dune ridge in McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge, announced this week, will leverage almost as many additional dollars and ramp up the project in time for the 2019 hurricane season, environmental enthusiasts say. 100 year-ago levels“We’re deeply grateful for these Deepwater Horizon investments forthe McFaddin beach and dune ridge that will help restore the sand on Jefferson County’s Gulf Coast to 100 year-ago levels,” said Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick.He said the project would protect 159,000 acres of public lands and additional private ranch land. It will also reduce storm surge on the coast, protect homes and industry and homeland security assets, represented by the petrochemical and energy products refined and shipped through the coastal waterways.center_img “An optimum goal would be to have the beach and dune completed by early June 2019, including having the grass planted. That would work best in terms of the 2019 hurricane season,” said Tim Richardson, a consultant for Jefferson County on Deepwater Horizon restoration. “So that is the game clock for Jefferson County.”The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced the award Monday, largesse that will be virtually matched with funds from the National Resource Damages Assessment and RESTORE Act funds — in all, more than $50 million.Much of that money comes from a BP court settlement following the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, which claimed 11 lives on a BP oil rig and spilled more than 200 million gallons of crude oil in the Gulf of Mexico over 87 days.last_img read more

September 26, 2020

Defamation lawsuit involving Linton and ministers adjourned

first_img Share 436 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Defamation lawsuit involving Linton and ministers adjourned by: Dominica Vibes News – February 15, 2016 Sharing is caring! A defamation lawsuit filed against Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton which was scheduled to commence today, Monday 15 February 2016 has been adjourned to Thursday 18 February 2016.Mr Linton was sued after he accused members of the government of extorting sexual favors from young women in Dominica during his address at a UWP youth rally in St. Joseph in 2014.Defense attorney Gildon Richards who represents Mr Linton, told the court that he was not prepared to go ahead with the trial because he did not file his submissions and hence would not be ready to make his applications.Richards proposed however that he would be ready on Thursday 18 February 2016. Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan and Lennox Lawrence, who represents the claimants, agreed to the adjournment which was granted by Justice Bernie Stephenson. Representing the claimants Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan and attorney at law Lennox Lawrence apologized for the absence of the Prime Minister who is currently out of state attending a Heads of Government meeting in Belize. Other claimants who were present at court were Petter Saint Jean, Justina Charles, Kelvar Darroux, Ambrose George, Rayburn Blackmoore, Attorney General Petter Levi, Ivor Stephenson, Reginald Austrie, Johnson Drigo and Ian Douglas.Astaphan also requested that only one person represent the claimants on Thursday since it will be a national cleanup day as part of Zika virus prevention measures and as such the other ministers will be in their respective constituencies. On Thursday, each side will have ninety minutes to make submissions with a thirty minutes rebuttal if necessary.last_img read more

September 23, 2020

Indians Activate Danny Salazar from DL, Option Ryan Merritt to Columbus

first_img Related TopicsColumbus ClippersDanny SalazarRyan Merritt On Friday the Cleveland Indians issued the following roster move via press release:CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Indians today announced the following roster moves relative to the 2017 Major League roster:Activated RHP DANNY SALAZAR (#31) from the 10-day Disabled List.Optioned LHP RYAN MERRITT to AAA Columbus.Salazar has been on the disabled list since June 4 with right shoulder soreness, posting a mark of 3-5 with a 5.40 ERA over 12 appearances/10 starts with Cleveland in 2017 (55.0IP, 59H, 33ER, 11HR, 28BB, 77SO).He made 4 rehab starts beginning on July 1 across three levels of the club’s Player Development system, going 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA (16.0IP, 11H, 6ER, 9BB, 23SO). His most recent rehab start came on July 16 at Toledo (6.0IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 9SO, 84 pitches). He is making his first Major League start since May 27 tonight vs. Toronto. Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for LastWordOnSports.com. He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on AllSportsCleveland.com.center_img Payton Vincelast_img read more