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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.
All links on this web page were current and working on the date of publication.
Hurricane Preparedness Kit
September is the height of hurricane season here in Massachusetts. CZM has compiled a web page with links to the best information on hurricanes and how to prepare your family, pets, home, and boat for these severe coastal storms. For the CZM Hurricane Preparedness Kit, see http://www.mass.gov/czm/hurricanes.htm.
Coastal States Organization meets with Ocean Policy Leaders
Former White House Chief-of-Staff Leon Panetta, who chairs the Pew Oceans Commission, and nine members of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy joined coastal managers from U.S. states and island territories in three lively discussion sessions: "National Ocean Policy: Getting Beyond Words to Action," moderated by California Ocean Program Manager Brian Baird; "Coastal and Ocean Stewardship and Ecosystem Management," moderated by Massachusetts CZM Director Tom Skinner; and "Enhancing Coastal and Ocean Science, Research, and Education," moderated by Maine State Planning Director David Keeley. Final CSO recommendations to both Commissions will be submitted in October.
Also at the annual meeting, Debra Hernandez of South Carolina was elected CSO Chair and Tom Skinner was elected Vice Chair.
Americans Ate Less Seafood In 2001
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
The public comment period for this process began on July 1 and will continue through October 18, 2002. This comment period is an opportunity for anyone to raise or address issues regarding the management of the Sanctuary. Comments may be submitted via the comment form on the website, via email to email@example.com, in writing to the address below, or by attending public meetings to present comments verbally.
The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Public Meetings
September 24, 2002 Mystic Aquarium, Mystic CT http://www.mysticaquarium.org/
September 25, 2002 New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA http://whalingmuseum.org/
September 26, 2002 Provincetown Town Hall Auditorium 260 Commercial St.; Provincetown, MA http://www.provincetowngov.org/
*September 28, 2002 please note this meeting is a Sat. morning meeting beginning at 10am Sea Education Association 177 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth, MA http://www.sea.edu/
September 30, 2002 Gloucester City Hall Council Chamber 9 Dale Ave., Gloucester, MA http://www.ci.gloucester.ma.us/
October 1, 2002 University of Maine School of Law 246 Deering Ave., Portland, ME http://www.law.usm.maine.edu/about-dir.htm
October 2, 2002 Yokens Restaurant and Conference Center Rte 1, So. 1390 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth, NH http://www.yokens.com/
October 3, 2002 New England Aquarium Central Wharf Boston, MA
*October 5, 2002 please note this meeting is a Sat. morning meeting beginning at 11am Plymouth Public Library 132 South St., Plymouth, MA
Please note that unless otherwise stated all meetings will be evening meetings. (Exceptions are Saturday meetings in Falmouth, MA and Plymouth MA). For the evening meetings, doors will open at 6:30pm. Meetings will start at 7pm and terminate by 10pm. All meetings will be 3 hours long.
Please be sure to check the Sanctuary website for possible changes in meeting schedules, especially prior to your chosen meeting. Included here are location websites. Directions to the meetings will also be posted on the website.
TBHA Sponsors Water Quality Improvements
CZM is seeking a coastal hazards research scientist - This postdoctoral position will work cooperatively with the United States Geological Survey in Woods Hole to collect information regarding repetitively damaged properties along the Massachusetts coast and analyze patterns of damage relative to flood zones, erosion rates, landform type, and the degree of exposure (open coast vs. protected area). Several levels of damage will be established to facilitate distinctions between potential causes of minor, moderate and major structural damage. In addition, the degree of shoreline armoring will be considered as part of the analysis. The scientist will be expected to document any correlations between these variables and make recommendations to CZM, the Massachusetts Land Subject to Coastal Storm Flowage Task Force and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection regarding potential policy changes or regulations to balance development with the preservation and restoration of the resource area's ability to dissipate storm wave energy and flooding. The closing date for this position is September 12, 2002. For more information see: http://www.mass.gov/czm/jobsandgrants.htm
CZM is seeking a Grant Manager - CZM is seeking a dynamic, team-oriented Program Coordinator to manage all programmatic and fiscal aspects of federal funds received by CZM, and grants made by CZM to Massachusetts municipalities and other entities using state and federal funds. The Program Manager will also assist with other projects, including coordinating activities of the Gulf of Maine Council. The closing date for this position is September 18, 2002. For more information see: http://www.mass.gov/czm/jobsandgrants.htm
Organization to conduct water quality sampling - The Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, through the Office of Coastal Zone Management and the Massachusetts Watershed Initiative, seeks a qualified organization to conduct water quality sampling in the Mystic River Watershed. 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 management and welfare 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 on the following issues to foster a creative and open dialogue: coastal habitat, beach management, coastal access, coastal processes, water quality, dredging, beach nourishment, and beach economics. For updated conference information see the conference web page at: http://attila.stevens-tech.edu/~therring/nsbpa.html. For registration information contact, Dr. Thomas Herrington, Davidson Laboratory, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ 07030, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOAA will hold a series of "Strategy and Performance" workshops - NOAA will hold a series of "strategy and performance" dialogues with stakeholders from industry, non-profit organizations, academia, state and local governments, and others. These sessions will survey perspectives and solicit feedback on four key questions related to science, management improvement, and overall agency integration, specifically:
The Boston workshop will be held Wednesday September 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m at the Hilton Logan Airport, located at 85 Terminal Road in East Boston. The session is open to all members of the public with an interest in NOAA's programs. Each session will be presented with the results from previous sessions so that the input process is cumulative, and all results will be available on the NOAA Office of Strategic Planning website at http://www.osp.noaa.gov/. You may register online through the Strategic Planning website by going to the calendar and then scrolling down to the specific date and location.
Massport, Corps of Engineers to conduct study of deepening of Boston Harbor - Public meeting on Sept. 5 - The New England District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), will begin studies this summer to investigate the feasibility of deepening the main shipping channels in the port of Boston to a depth greater than the current authorized 40-foot depth. Massport views channel deepening as necessary to safely and efficiently accommodate the larger containerships and other vessels now calling at the Conley and Marine Terminals in South Boston. For more information see - http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/ and check under News Releases
Pew Commission Monthly E-Newsletter - The Pew Oceans Commission is an independent group of American leaders conducting a national dialogue on the policies needed to restore and protect living marine resources in U.S. waters. After reviewing the best scientific information available and speaking with people from around the country, this commission will make its formal recommendations in a report to Congress and the nation in early 2003. The commission publishes a monthly email newsletter, which contains information on commission activities and ocean policy. To subscribe to the newsletter, or to find out more about the commission, check out their website at www.pewoceans.org/.
East Boston Waterfront District Municipal Harbor Plan - In July, Environmental Affairs Secretary Bob Durand approved the East Boston Waterfront District Municipal Harbor Plan. The Plan represents a major achievement by Mayor Menino, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), and the citizens of Boston as they collectively proceed with the formalization and implementation of a planning vision for the public trust lands that comprise the waterfront areas of Boston Harbor. The Plan will help revitalize and reenergize this historic urban waterfront while guiding waterfront development in a way that promotes the public rights inherent in these tidelands, guaranteeing future generations use and enjoyment of this valuable resource. For a full copy of the plan see: http://www.mass.gov/czm/ebostonmhp.pdf
Boston Harbor Navigation Improvement Project Phase 2 Summary Report - The Corps of Engineers, New England District and Massachusetts Port Authority are pleased to announce the availability of the Boston Harbor Navigation Improvement Project Phase 2 Summary Report. This report describes the project and construction activities of the maintenance and navigation improvement dredging and disposal of dredged material from Boston's Federal navigation channels in the Mystic River, Chelsea River, Inner Confluence, Reserved Channel, and berth work that was conducted at the request and expense of Massport. A summary of the monitoring requirements and subsequent results are also included in the summary report. Work on this project was conducted between May 1998 and September 2000 (with limited follow up work in 2001). The summary report is available on CD and in hard copy format. However, there are a very limited number of hard copies available. The Corps would prefer to only distribute hard copies to interested parties who do not have access to a computer with a CD drive. The summary report is also available on the Corps of Engineers website at http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/projects/MA/BHNIP/cover.pdf. To obtain a copy of the summary report, please email Ms. Catherine Rogers, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Catherine.J.Rogers@usace.army.mil or phone (978) 318-8231 with your name and address.
Still Available - These products and publications, listed in the last CZ-Mail, are still available:
Project Review Highlights
In the News
Other Items of Interest
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).
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