The Insitu division of Boeing has won a contract to provide its ScanEagle vehicle for the Coast Guard's national security cutters. The contract, with a potential value of $117 million, provides for installation of about two ScanEagles each year, as well as service for roughly 200 hours each patrol period of 30 days.
Shipyards in Wisconsin and Alabama are busy delivering monohull and trimaran versions of the Navy's littoral combat ship ahead of the program's wind-down. Looking ahead, Austal, Lockheed and Fincantieri are competing to provide the Navy's future frigate.
The Government Accountability Office says the Navy's push for fleet expansion provides a fresh opportunity to improve its procurement efficiency after repeated failures to do so in the past. In its report, the GAO acknowledges the Navy has made some progress toward implementing past recommendations but "in many cases ... has not taken steps based upon these best practices."
Quebec's Davie Shipbuilding would provide three used icebreakers to the Canadian Coast Guard under a deal now being worked out. The coast guard reportedly would take full ownership of the vessels, with Davie providing needed conversion work.
South Carolina's Folly Beach is taking a conservative approach to development with an eye on erosion. The city council has instituted a six-month ban on construction within 20 feet of the "critical line" along the waterfront, keeping work well away from dunes and marshland.
Ohio's Environmental Protection Agency will refuse to formulate a plan to address Lake Erie's algal bloom-plagued western basin despite the state's new admission that the waters are impaired, the Environmental Law and Policy Center wrote in a court filing. The advocacy group asserts that the refusal amounts to a violation of the Clean Water Act, as it fails to specify a Total Maximum Daily Load for the basin.
Dredging is now underway at the Indiana Harbor Ship Canal in East Chicago, with the Army Corps of Engineers planning to remove 120,000 cubic yards of sediment by this fall. Now regulators are considering where to dispose of the most highly contaminated sediment once work is done.
Residents believe massive seawalls along the shoreline of Hawaii's Mokuleia are doing more harm than good. They say the steep walls, built without permits in 2013, are gradually being sucked out to sea by waves and are causing more erosion than they prevent.
After a year's delay, new MS4 stormwater regulations take effect in Chelmsford, Mass., on July 1. The rules, which were estimated at costing nearly $4 million in 2017, are expected to bring major additional costs for the city for equipment and staffing.
Flooding that flushed sediment into the local ecosystem in Santee, Calif., was cited by regulators as they imposed a nearly $300,000 fine on Pardee Homes. The developer is building hundreds of homes in the area and has been faulted for failing to implement proper sediment control.