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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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Marine Protected Area Working Group - Secretary of Environmental Affairs Ellen Roy Herzfelder has convened the Massachusetts Marine Protected Area (MPA) Working Group to examine the issue of MPAs, as recommended by the Massachusetts Ocean Management Task Force. The working group will meet until it develops its final policy recommendations. For more information about MPAs, go to the National MPA Center website National MPA Center website. For more information about the Task Force, click here.
Secretary Awards Coastal Nonpoint Source Grants in Salem
The Latest Coastlines Magazine is Now Available
Gulf of Maine Habitat Primer
Once MEPA reviews all comments, Secretary Herzfelder will determine whether the DEIR adequately addresses environmental issues or whether additional study is needed, and will publish her conclusions in a Certificate on the DEIR. On the federal level, the Army Corps will review comments on the DEIS to determine if additional study is needed. The Secretary's Certificate will be available on the MEPA website Selected Certificates of the Secretary of Environmental Affairs webpage.
Northeast Gateway LNG Project - Excelerate Energy, LLC and Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC have begun the prefiling process and have held meetings to discuss the proposed Northeast Gateway Project with state and federal agencies to identify key concerns to be addressed during the environmental review and permitting process. The proposed project would include constructing a deepwater port in the middle of Massachusetts Bay to import and regasify liquefied natural gas (LNG) to be delivered through a new 12- to 14-mile long, 24-inch diameter pipeline that would connect to the existing HubLine gas pipeline. CZM will submit its comments on the project through the MEPA review and will have federal consistency jurisdiction over issuance of federal approvals.
In addition, Neptune LNG, LLC, a subsidiary of the Everett Distrigas facility owner, Tractebel LNG North America, LLC, has announced that it has filed an application with the U.S. Coast Guard to construct and operate a similar facility in the same area. As more information about the proposed projects becomes available, CZM will provide updates in CZ-Mail.
CZM Staff & People
Request For Responses
Northeast Consortium Funding - The Northeast Consortium is accepting planning letters through April 6 for cooperative research and selective fishing gear development projects. The Consortium, which is affiliated with the University of New Hampshire, University of Maine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and funded by NOAA, supports cooperative research and monitoring programs that create partnerships among commercial fisherman, scientists, and others. Planning letters, which must be submitted to be eligible to offer a full proposal for 2005 funding, should describe the central concept of the proposed research and explain the work plan involved. For more information, including a description of topic areas and details about preparing planning letters, click here. Respondents are encouraged to contact the program coordinator, Laurinda Sousa Smith, at email@example.com or at (603) 862-0136, for general assistance.
Reminders - The following funding opportunities listed in the last CZ-Mail are still available:
Beachcomber's Companion Cards - The WHOI Sea Grant Program has released its Beachcomber's Companion cards featuring user-friendly information on 50 Atlantic coast marine invertebrates. The cards identify species by size, shape, features, and coloration; discuss where they are located; and provide interesting facts, such as what they eat, how they hide, and how they defend themselves. The set of cards comes in a mesh bag with a species checklist card and marking pencil. To order, for $16.95 plus tax and shipping, click here. Also, WHOI Sea Grant will soon offer web-based invertebrate cards that can be downloaded.
Coastal Vegetative Buffer Policy Workshop Proceedings - Proceedings from the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council and Rhode Island Sea Grant's Coastal Vegetative Buffer Policy Workshop Innovative Approaches In Urban/Suburban Environments held in January are available online. Click here for the procedings.
Southeastern Massachusetts Natural Resources Atlas - The Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences has released the 2005 Southeastern Massachusetts Natural Resources Atlas, a 136-page reference guide offering information, maps, and photos of the region's most important areas and biological features. The Atlas provides information to town planners, conservation commissions, and environmental groups to aid in development decisions. The Center is providing copies to town halls in southeastern Massachusetts, and the Atlas can be ordered online for $10 (plus $3.85 for shipping and handling). Click here for details.
NOAA nowCOAST Mapping Portal - NOAA has established a new web portal, nowCOAST, that is designed to enhance maritime safety and commerce and monitor physical changes in weather, oceanographic, and river conditions. The portal provides users with real-time coastal observation and forecast data for major U.S. estuaries and seaports, coastal regions, and the Great Lakes. For more information, click here.
Clean Beaches & Blue Wave Website - The Clean Beaches Council website highlights the progress of the Blue Wave clean beach certification campaign and offers volunteer information, links to articles from the Council's True Blue newsletter, and information about beach sustainability. The Blue Wave program's goal is to promote beach sustainability by certifying beaches under a specific set of criteria. For more information about Blue Wave certification, click here.
Coastal Stream Habitat Restoration Workshop - The Massachusetts Coastal Training Program is offering a workshop, titled Restoring Connections in Coastal Streams, that will feature presentations on assessing and addressing barriers to fish migration. The workshop will be held on March 10 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Boat House in Falmouth, and on March 16 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Annisquam River Marine Fisheries Station in Gloucester. The workshop is free. To register, contact Laurie Tompkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or Brendan Annett at email@example.com. Click here for additional Massachusetts Coastal Training Program workshop offerings.
Teacher Training Course - The Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is offering Oceans and Coasts in the Classroom, a training course for Grade 6-10 teachers, on Thursdays from March 3 to April 7, from 6-9 p.m., at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary headquarters located at 175 Edward Foster Road in Scituate. The course will use the Massachusetts teaching frameworks to introduce engaging content and activities, such as tracking plankton blooms and using nautical charts. The course is being offered free of charge, and attendees may sign up for the entire course or individual sessions. For more information about session topics and continuing education credits, click here, and scroll down to "Oceans and Coasts in the Classroom." To register, contact Pat Harcourt at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (508) 457-0495 ext. 106.
ASBPA Coastal Summit - The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association's (ASBPA) 2005 Coastal Summit, Defending America's Embattled Coastal Resources will be held from March 9-11 in Washington, D.C. The Summit will focus on critical issues affecting beach protection and management and media relations and lobbying skills, and also offer an opportunity to network with members of Congress. Conference participants include members of state and local government, academia, federal agencies, business, and the public.
Land Conservation Conference - The 15th Annual Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference, co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition and the Putnam Conservation Institute, will be held March 19 from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Bancroft School in Worcester. The conference, organized around the theme "Creative Financing & Strategic Partnerships," will feature 28 workshops. Click here for more information.
Cape Cod National Seashore ORV Permits and Season Beach Passes - Annual off-road vehicle (ORV) permits for the Cape Cod National Seashore will be available beginning March 30 at Oversand Station, Race Point. Sales will be limited to 150 permits per day, and annual permits are expected to be available through April 18. Weekly permits may be purchased online beginning March 1. Click here for more information. Season beach entrance passes will be available beginning April 15 at the Salt Pond Visitors Center and at other locations.
Soundings Institute Community-Based Practices Conference - The Soundings Institute will be holding its Advancing Community-Based Practices in Marine Conservation and Management conference from April 10-13 in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, Canada. The conference will host practitioners from North America's Atlantic Region (from Newfoundland to Massachusetts) to discuss community-based marine conservation and management programs and highlight the breadth and depth of these approaches and their impact on marine issues. For more information check the website, or contact Michele Walsh at email@example.com.
MassSail Seafaring Camp Aboard the Spirit of Massachuset - The Ocean Classroom has announced three sessions of the MassSail Seafaring Camp program for summer 2005. The program takes place on the schooner Spirit of Massachusetts and is designed for teens aged 13-16 to explore the marine environment of coastal Massachusetts through hands-on activities and sea adventures to diverse marine environments, including the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary and the Elizabeth Islands of Vineyard Sound. The program is designed to cater to small groups, and space is limited. For more information, including tuition fees and departure dates, click here. MassSail is a program of the Ocean Classroom and the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.
Oceans 2005 Conference - The Marine Technology Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. Oceanic Engineering Society will hold their Ocean 2005 Conference from September 19-23 in Washington, D.C. The conference, titled One Ocean, will focus on global cooperation to protect internationally connected waters and the critical role that the ocean plays in global commerce, weather, jobs, food supply, recreation, national defense, and mineral and energy resources. Those attending include ocean scientists, engineers, industry end-users and suppliers, technologists, educators and researchers, policymakers, and the global public.
Waterfront Center Urban Waterfronts Conference - The 23rd annual international conference of the Waterfront Center, Urban Waterfronts 23: Gathering By the Waters will be held from November 11-13 in Savannah, Georgia, at the Hilton Savannah Desoto.
Reminders: The following calendar items, posted in the last CZ-Mail, are still to come:
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