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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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Gulf of Maine Visionary and Longard Awards
The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment is soliciting nominations for the Gulf of Maine Visionary and Longard Awards. Nominations are due on Oct 11th via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Details on the awards and nomination process can be found at http://www.gulfofmaine.org/council/awards.htm. Last years awardees from Massachusetts were Vivian Li from the Boston Harbor Association and Rick Karney from the Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group. This year's awards ceremony will be held in Boston on the evening of December 4th.
Habitat Restoration Grants -The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment has posted a Request for Proposals for the Habitat Restoration Grants Program. This grant offering is the second year of a three-year partnership between the US Association of Delegates to the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment and the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS) Community-based Restoration Program. The purpose of this partnership is to further the Council's goal of habitat restoration and to support a strategic approach to marine, coastal and riverine habitat restoration within Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. The partnership is inviting eligible organizations to compete for funding made available through this grant. Proposals must be received no later than November 15, 2002. For more information see http://www.mass.gov/czm/jobsandgrants.htm.
Beaches Conference - Northeast Beaches: A Balancing Act is designed to stimulate discussion among the various coastal interest groups concerned with the welfare and health of our coasts. The conference will be held at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on October 24-26, with a pre-conference field trip on October 23. Researchers, managers, consultants, and coastal stewards will present papers and participate in panels to foster a creative and open dialogue on the following issues: coastal habitat, beach management, coastal access, coastal processes, water quality, dredging, beach nourishment, and beach economics. See the CZM website http://www.mass.gov/czm/calendar.htm for agenda and registration information.
Invasive Species Conference -The Northeast Region of the National Estuary Program presents Eyes on the Estuaries - Detecting and Preventing Marine Invasive Species in the Northeast, will be held November 14 - 15, 2002 at the New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts. Next to habitat destruction, introduced species are believed to be the leading cause of decreased biological diversity in the US and worldwide. New invaders continue to threaten our coastal watersheds. Marine invaders can enter through a variety of pathways that are difficult to monitor and control. Since marine ecosystems are essentially borderless, an introduced species can easily spread from estuary to estuary, state to state. Regional coordination and cooperation is essential In order to effectively prevent and control future marine introductions. During this conference, participants will hear about the current status of marine invasive species in the Northeast and the efforts underway to control their introduction. Current monitoring efforts will be highlighted to stimulate discussion of a regional monitoring network for marine invasive species. For a complete conference agenda please visit http://www.massbays.org/.
Renewable Energy Options for the Cape and Islands - The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative will sponsor a forum on Renewable Energy Options for the Cape and Islands on October 26, 2002, the at the Barnstable High School Performing Arts Center Hyannis, MA from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm. This forum is part of a public outreach initiative aimed at promoting informed dialogue and decision-making with regard to the offshore wind farms currently proposed for Nantucket Sound. Panelists from ISO New England, The Conservation Law Foundation, The Union of Concerned Scientists, The MA Division of Energy Resources and the Cape Light Compact will provide an overview and respond to questions regarding the New England Energy system, potential regional impacts from global climate change, the status of renewable energy development here and abroad, and an analysis of specific opportunities for renewable energy development for the communities of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call (508) 775-9201 or after October 1 please visit http://www.masstech.org/massrenew
ACEC Tours - Learn about natural resources and stewardship activities in Cape Cod's Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs). Dennis Murley, a naturalist at the Massachusetts Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, will lead the ACEC Tours. Registration is not required, but encouraged. Call Melissa Lowe at 508-349-2615 or email Melissa at email@example.com for information or to register. Tours will last approximately 2-3 hours. Tour dates are:
Massachusetts Archaeology Week - October 5-14 is Massachusetts Archaeology Week. A calendar of statewide events can be found at http://www.mass.gov/sec/mhc.
Coastlines Magazine - The summer edition of the new CZM Coastlines magazine is now being distributed. Hurricanes are the feature of this 50+ page edition, which provides information on: Bay State hurricanes and their potential impacts, building and rebuilding to withstand a storm, preparing for hurricane season, and a wide range of tools available for reducing risks in hurricane-prone areas. Articles on invasive species, energy issues in the coastal zone, public access to the coast, and other coastal topics are also included. To add your name to the Coastlines mailing list, email CZM at firstname.lastname@example.org. See the CZM website for the new Coastlines magazine online http://www.mass.gov/czm/coastlines/index.htm.
CZM's New Shoreline Change Maps Are on the Web - Shoreline change maps, accompanying data, and all supporting technical documents from CZM's update of the Historic Shoreline Change Project are now on the CZM website and a browser developed by the Massachusetts Geographic Information System (MassGIS). The 1:10,000 scale shoreline change maps and accompanying data tables show the relative positions of four or five historic shorelines and depict the long-term change rate at 40-meter (approximately 131-feet) intervals along the shore. See http://www.mass.gov/czm/hazards/shoreline_change/shorelinechangeproject.htm.
Salt Marsh Monitoring Handbook - The Volunteer's Handbook for Monitoring New England Salt Marshes helps local volunteer groups collect and record data on salt marsh health in a consistent and scientifically sound manner. This 100+ page handbook includes chapters on salt marsh monitoring, New England salt marshes, study design, and monitoring plants, invertebrates, fishes and crabs, birds, salinity, and tidal hydrology. For an electronic copy of the handbook, see http://www.mass.gov/czm/volunteermarshmonitoring.htm. To order a hard copy, please email your request to email@example.com.
Still Available - These products and publications, listed in the last CZ-Mail, are still available:
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MEPA Review on the Web - For more information on state environmental review under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act, including a listing of all projects currently in review, see the MEPA Unit website at http://www.mass.gov/envir/mepa/index.htm
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