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Welcome to CZ-Mail, the monthly email update from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). This update provides information on major CZM initiatives, available tools and publications, upcoming workshops and events, grants, contracting opportunities, job openings, coastal legislation, and other news of interest to people working on coastal issues. More information about CZM's programs, publications, and other coastal topics can be found online at http://www.mass.gov/czm/. If you have suggestions on how to make CZ-Mail more useful, would like to add your name to the mailing list, or would like to have your name removed, please email your request to CZ-Mail@state.ma.us.Note to current CZ-Mail subscribers: Due to technical problems, please sign up again for CZ-Mail.
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Reminder "CPR Plus" Grant Applications Due by January 10 - "CPR Plus" complements CZM's successful Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) grant program by expanding the types of qualified projects and eligible applicants. CPR Plus will provide grants to public and not-for-profit organizations in coastal watersheds to address coastal nonpoint source (NPS) pollution problems in three categories: 1.) design and implementation of structural NPS best management practices (BMPs); 2.) assessment, identification, and characterization of nonpoint sources; and 3.) development of transferable tools (or non-structural BMPs), such as guidance documents, model by-laws, and land use planning strategies to improve NPS control and management. CZM is encouraging grant applications from these priority issue areas for the first CPR Plus funding round: clean marinas and recreational boating; improved management of septic systems; and nutrient, sediment, and bacteria management. For more information, see the CZM website at http://www.mass.gov/czm/cprplus.htm. For the Request for Responses (RFR), see the Comm-PASS.com website at www.comm-pass.com.
Ecological Effects of Fishing in Marine Ecosystems of the United States - As part of a series of scientific reports, the Pew Oceans Commission recently released this publication, which discusses the impacts of fishing on coral reefs, kelp forests, estuaries, and other marine ecosystems. For a copy, see http://pewoceans.org/oceanfacts/2002/10/25/fact_29889.asp.
Other CZM Publications - CZM maintains a list of available publications at http://www.mass.gov/czm/publications.htm. Products recently highlighted in CZ-Mail include:
Coastal Management Techniques Web Site - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Coastal Services Center maintains a website devoted to techniques in coastal zone management. The site includes a database of methods to address coastal issues, discussion forums to share information among coastal managers, and links to other resources and contacts. See http://www.csc.noaa.gov/techniques/.
Marine Protected Areas of the United States - NOAA's Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) website is available at: http://www.mpa.gov/. It provides a range of information on MPAs and the national initiative to protect U.S. ocean and coastal resources through Executive Order 13158.
Smart Growth Policy Database - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a Web-based database that highlights policies and programs implemented by states and localities nationwide to promote better patterns of growth and development. To access the database, see http://cfpub.epa.gov/sgpdb/sgdb.cfm.
In the News
A publication of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) pursuant
to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. NA17OZ1125.
This publication is funded (in part) by a grant/cooperative agreement from the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and
do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA
or any of its sub-agencies.