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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.
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As reported in the last CZ-Mail, the Ocean Management Task Force released Preliminary Recommendations in December. Since then, Task Force members have been reviewing public comments and reworking the recommendations. The written comments and comments collected at December public meetings are available electronically. In response to public concern about the short comment period, the Task Force again extended the public comment deadline to February 13. (Copies of the Preliminary Recommendations and information on how to comment are available on the Massachusetts Ocean Management Initiative website) The Task Force met in Gloucester on January 27 to discuss recommendations as well as make preparations for the final report. The last working meeting of the Task Force is scheduled for February 26 in Boston. The Task Force anticipates releasing the report to Environmental Affairs Secretary Ellen Roy Herzfelder and the public in late March.
Counties to Receive Federal Assistance for December Snow Storm
Coast Guard Seeks Comments on Port Access Route Study
New England Fishery Management Council Seats Open
Reminders - The following grants listed in the last CZ-Mail are still open:
Requests for Responses (RFRs)
MarineFisheries Publications - The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (MarineFisheries) publishes a variety of informational, technical, and scientific reports and papers related to the conservation and sustainable use of the Commonwealth's marine resources. For a complete listing, see the publications section of the MarineFisheries website. The MarineFisheries newsletter, which covers matters relating to the conservation and sustainable use of the Commonwealth's marine resources and the activities of MarineFisheries staff, is also available. MarineFisheries also maintains an e-mail notification list to inform constituents of upcoming regulation changes, public hearings, and other important news. To be added to this list, send an email with nothing in the subject or body to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Long Island Sound Habitat Restoration - Entitled Long Island Sound Habitat Restoration Initiative: Technical Support for Coastal Habitat Restoration, this manual provides basic information about specific habitats and restoration strategies. Topics covered for each habitat include: ecology of the associated plant and animal communities, the natural history and human influence, and the state-of-the-science for restoration. For a PDF copy or to order a hard copy, click here.
Getting to Smart Growth II - Produced by the International City/County Management Association and the Sustainable Communities Network, this 122-page primer provides policy options to achieve 10 Smart Growth Principles, as well as additional resources and case studies of communities that have used the approach to achieve smart growth. See the Smart Growth Resource Library web page for details and a PDF copy.
CZM Blizzard of '78 Photo Gallery - It's that time of year again--February 6 and 7 mark the 26th anniversary of the Blizzard of '78. Arguably the Commonwealth's "Storm of the Century," the blizzard dumped 27.1 inches of snow on Boston, paralyzing the city and surrounding suburbs for a week. Although snow was less of an issue along the immediate coast, the storm surge was devastating. All told, 99 people were killed and thousands of houses and businesses were destroyed or severely damaged, with damage estimates exceeding $2.3 billion (in 1998 dollars). The Blizzard of '78 was also an initiation for Joe Pelczarski, CZM's emergency management expert, who performed his first storm damage assessments as a rookie with the Division of Marine Fisheries. To commemorate the blizzard's 25th anniversary last year, CZM posted a collection of Joe's photos of the storm damage. To check out this photo gallery, click here.
ACEC Website Update - Check out the new Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) Program website with better navigation, PDF copies of program materials, and updated information for each ACEC including maps, resource summaries, planning tools, and links to stewardship groups working to protect and restore these areas.
NOAA Ocean Explorer - This website contains more than 9,000 pages of ocean exploration information, chronicling the last three field seasons of NOAA missions. Mission logs, field clips, and other information are available at: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/.
Smart Growth Online - A service of the Smart Growth Network, which started in 1996 with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency joining with several nonprofit and government organizations, Smart Growth Online provides a catalogue of news, events, information, and resources on smart growth and how growth can improve community livability. See http://www.smartgrowth.org.
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Website - The Commission's new website includes details on managed species, a variety of research reports and statistics, and information on interstate fisheries management. See http://www.asmfc.org.
Coastal Change Course and Workshop - On April 26-29, the Coastal Ocean Institute at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is hosting a forum consisting of a 2-day science meeting/short course and a 2-day workshop. Entitled The Moving Shoreline: Coastal Change in Response to Rising Sea Level, the forum aims to "foster research ideas and identify primary approaches to studying shoreline change." For details, and a registration form for the short course/science meeting (the workshop is invitation only), see http://www.whoi.edu/institutes/coi/activities/activities.htm.
MACC Annual Environmental Conference - On March 6, at Holy Cross College in Worcester, the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions is holding its annual conference--the largest environmental conference in New England. More than 40 workshops and training sessions will be offered. For details on the conference and information how to register, see http://www.maccweb.org/annual_conference.html.
Advanced Tools and Procedures for Planning and Zoning - On March 20, The Citizen Planner Training Collaborative will hold its third annual conference for local planning officials and their planning staff at Holy Cross College in Worcester. Topics covered will include village center development, supporting economic development in the community, housing and site plan review, board administration, liability, and performance guarantees. For details, see http://www.umass.edu/masscptc/.
U.S.-Canadian Climate Change Conference - The conference, entitled "Climate Change and Our Natural Resources: Taking Action to Save Our Natural Places" will be held on March 15-16 in Boston and is sponsored by The New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers. Stay tuned to CZ-Mail or check the New England Governors website later this month for additional information at http://www.negc.org/upcoming.html.
Reminders: The following calendar items posted in the last CZ-Mail are still to come:
Other Items of Interest
Marine Art Contest - Enter the 2003-2004 Marine Art Contest, sponsored by the Massachusetts Marine Educators, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and the New England Aquarium. This year's theme is "Marine Protected Areas," and students who submit art work will be judged in five categories: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 and scientific illustration. The deadline is April 30. For details and a PDF copy of the rules, click here.
Stellwagen Seeks Members for Advisory Council - The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary seeks applicants for its Sanctuary Advisory Council. Vacant Member (voting) seats are: Research (2), Education (2), Conservation (2), Marine Transportation (1), Recreation (1), Whale Watching (1), Mobile Gear Commercial Fishing (1), Fixed Gear Commercial Fishing (1), Business/Industry (1), and At-Large (3). Vacant Alternative (non-voting) seats are: Research (2), Education (2), Conservation (2), Marine Transportation (1), Recreation (1), Whale Watching (1), Mobile Gear Commercial Fishing (1), Fixed Gear Commercial Fishing (1), Business/Industry (1), and At-Large (3). Applications are due by February 20, 2004. Both the Federal Register notice and the application are available electronically.
NOAA and Industry Announce New Standard for Public Alert Receivers - In a collaborative effort with the Consumer Electronics Association, NOAA announced on January 9 a new performance standard for public alert receivers, which are designed to receive the digital alert signals broadcast by NOAA Weather Radio and Environment Canada's Weatheradio network. The new standard defines consistent alerting signals, such as colored lights and LCD displays, to indicate a public alert notice has been issued even when the device is in standby. For details, see click here.