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Welcome to CZ-Mail, the monthly email newsletter 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. Additional information about CZM's programs, publications, and other coastal topics can be found on the CZM website. If you have suggestions for CZ-Mail, would like your name added to the mailing list, or would like your name removed, please email your request to CZ-Mail@state.ma.us.
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NOAA Award Named for Susan Snow-Cotter
On March 7, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officially renamed one of the Walter B. Jones and NOAA Excellence Awards in honor of Susan Snow-Cotter, who was CZM Director when she died of Inflammatory Breast Cancer on December 13, 2006. The award will be called "The Susan Snow-Cotter NOAA Excellence Award for Ocean and Coastal Resource Management." Susan is being honored as "an exceptional leader in improving both policy and management of ocean and coastal resources on the national and state levels, and in the Gulf of Maine region." For more information on the awards, see the NOAA National Ocean Service website.
Environmental Secretariat Reorganized
On February 28, legislation filed by Governor Deval Patrick to reorganize his cabinet became law after unanimous approval by the legislature. On April 11, the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA) will become the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA). Under this reorganization plan, the responsibilities of the Department of Telecommunications and Energy will be divided between EOEEA and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. In addition, the Department of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation's Division of Energy Resources will be part of EOEEA. The reorganization will also abolish the Commonwealth Development Coordinating Council in favor of the Governor's new Development Cabinet—a collaborative partnership that will identify and promote business development, job growth, and infrastructure projects. The Development Cabinet is made up of Housing and Economic Development, Transportation and Construction, Labor and Workforce Development, Energy and Environmental Affairs, and Administration and Finance.
Massachusetts State Dredging Team
As the chair of the State Dredging Team, CZM has taken the lead in the establishment of an effective and coordinated group whose goal is to improve communications and identify constructive approaches to issues associated with state and/or federal project planning and review. The development of dredging teams has been in response to national dredging policy directives that have identified regional and state dredging teams as the most effective way to address complex and/or controversial issues related to dredging and dredged material disposal. This group is broadly responsible for assisting in re-establishing a pre-application review process, coordinating the identification of priority projects for federal construction, managing the state's dredged material disposal sites to ensure that they are adequately monitored, and discussing and facilitating resolutions to policy issues. Team members include representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Marine Fisheries Service, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), Massport, and Mass Audubon, among others. To date, the team has met twice and the next meeting is scheduled for May 15. For more information, contact Robert Boeri, CZM's Dredging Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marina Compliance Workshops Held
CZM, in partnership with the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA), EPA, MassDEP, and the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (OTA), held two workshops on March 28 and 29 focused on the issues and challenges of regulatory compliance for the marina industry. The workshops featured presentations from CZM, EPA, OTA, MassDEP, and several marina operators and consultants on regulations related to pressure washing, hazardous waste, and stormwater management and options to address these issues. Over 200 participants attended the workshops in Danversport and Westport. Presentations from the workshops are available on the MMTA website.
Gulf of Maine Action Grants - The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment is seeking applications from non-government organizations for grants that forward the goals of its new Action Plan. These grants fund local initiatives in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia that support the Council's priority goals of protecting and restoring coastal and marine habitat, protecting human health and ecosystem integrity, and encouraging sustainable maritime activities. For more information on the grant program, see the Council's website. Applications are due by May 15.
§319 Grants - MassDEP is seeking proposals for the §319 Nonpoint Source Pollution Competitive Grants Program. To view the Request for Responses (RFR), go to the Comm-PASS website. Search for the keyword "319." A public information session will be held at MassDEP's Worcester Office on April 24. For details about past §319 projects, see MassDEP's Website. Proposals are due by May 31.
Water Conservation Grants - On June 8, MassDEP will issue an RFR for the FY2008 Water Conservation Grant Program, which awards matching funds to public water systems to encourage local drinking water conservation efforts. To view the RFR, see the Comm-PASS website after June 8. Up to $800,000 is expected to be awarded during this funding round. For more information, see MassDEP's website. Proposals will be due by July 18.
Sport Fish Grants - The FishAmerica Foundation is seeking applications for grants up to $7,500 to support hands-on, action-oriented projects that have clear and identifiable benefits to sport fish populations and the sport of fishing. For more information, see the FishAmerica Foundation website.
Marine Debris Funding - With support from the NOAA Marine Debris Program, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is seeking proposals for projects that will result in benefits to living marine resource habitats and navigational waterways through removing and/or preventing marine debris. This grant round will focus on ports, marinas, fishing communities, and ways to reduce impacts from derelict fishing gear. For more information, see the Marine Debris Program website. Submit pre-proposals via the online pre-proposal application by May 18.
Reminders - These funding opportunities listed in the last CZ-Mail are still available:
Reminders - This contracting opportunity listed in the last CZ-Mail is still available:
2007 Boaters' Guide to Tides and Pumpout Facilities - The 2007 Boaters' Guide to Tides and Pumpout Facilities is now available. The wallet-sized pamphlet, printed on waterproof paper, contains information on the locations of pumpout facilities along the Massachusetts coastline and a June-September tide chart. For a free copy, email your request and mailing address to email@example.com.
Clean Marina Guide Update - CZM has updated the hull maintenance section (Chapter 4 Section 1) of the Massachusetts Clean Marina Guide to provide new recommendations for pressure washing and washwater management. CZM will send a copy to each Massachusetts marina. If you do not receive a copy of the updated section, please Contact CZM at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beach Nourishment Guidance Revised - MassDEP has revised its Beach Nourishment: Guide to Best Management Practices in Massachusetts—developed for those proposing beach nourishment projects to minimize erosion and potential adverse environmental impacts, to promote the beneficial reuse of clean, compatible, dredge material, and to expedite regulatory review.
LNG Tanker Attack Analysis - The General Accounting Office has released a report to Congress on Maritime Security entitled, Public Safety Consequences of a Terrorist Attack on a Tanker Carrying Liquefied Natural Gas Need Clarification (PDF, 2.2 MB). The report describes the results of a terrorist attack on a liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker—stating that most people within one mile of the facility could be affected.
Green Roof Report - The Federal Energy Management Program has published a Federal Technology Alert on Green Roofs (PDF, 1.2 MB). Green roofs can improve the energy performance of federal buildings, help manage stormwater, reduce airborne emissions, and mitigate the effects of urban heat islands.
Climate Change Report - The United Nations Foundation's Scientific Expert Group has released the report Confronting Climate Change: Avoiding the Unmanageable and Managing the Unavoidable.
Journal of the North Atlantic—Call for Papers - The Journal of the North Atlantic is a new, multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed and edited scientific journal focusing on the peoples of the North Atlantic, their expansion into the region over time, and their interactions with their changing environment. The first issue will be March 2008.
Water Quality Management Technology White Paper - The Foresight & Governance Project of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has released a white paper entitled, Distributed Sensing Systems for Water Quality Assessment and Management (PDF, 4.5 MB), which describes the technological state of the art and examines the potential for using distributed sensing systems to improve the management of critical water resources.
State of the Sanctuaries Report - A recent international agreement to move the Boston shipping lanes in an effort to reduce the risk of ship strikes to endangered whales in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is one of the major accomplishments highlighted in the 2006 State of the Sanctuaries Report, an annual summary of the NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Program's most significant achievements.
Draft Marine Fisheries Impact Report - NOAA's Northeast Region Habitat Conservation Division has completed a draft report entitled Impacts on Marine Fisheries Habitat from Non-fishing Activities in the Northeast U.S. Developed from a workshop conducted by NOAA Fisheries, the New England Fishery Management Council, and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission in 2005, the report discusses non-fishing activities that may adversely impact essential fish habitat. Contact Mike.R.Johnson@noaa.gov for more information.
Clean Water State Revolving Fund Annual Report - EPA has released the 2006 Annual Report on the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) that highlights the activities and successes over the past year of the largest federal funding program for water infrastructure projects. Since it was created in 1988, the Fund has provided low-interest loans targeting a wide range of projects in areas like wastewater treatment, nonpoint source pollution control, estuary management, and a host of projects focusing on water quality.
Video Shows Local Efforts to Tackle Sewer and Water System Challenges - EPA's Local Government Advisory Committee has developed a video that highlights how local governments are addressing aging sewer and water systems to meet current and future challenges facing our communities. View the video on EPA's website.
Aquatic Invasive Species Website Updated - CZM's Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program has updated its website to include information on preventing AIS introductions, including tips on "what you can do," information for controlling established AIS populations, information and resources for detection, volunteer monitoring, and rapid response efforts, and highlights many of CZM's recent activities.
EPA Cultivates Water-Efficient Landscapes - Just in time for the spring gardening season, EPA is issuing the first WaterSense labels for landscape irrigation. Two certification programs for landscape irrigation professionals received the WaterSense label for adherence to water-saving techniques: the Irrigation Association's Certified Irrigation Designer program and Certified Irrigation Contractor program. WaterSense, a voluntary public-private partnership that identifies and promotes high-performance products and programs that help preserve the nation's water supply, seeks to generate support for consumer use of water-efficient products such as high-efficiency toilets, water-saving faucets, and, in the future, weather-based controllers and soil moisture sensors for lawns and gardens.
Coastal Projects under CZM Review
Cape Wind FEIR - CZM completed its review of the Cape Wind Energy Project's Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) and submitted its comments to EOEA on March 22. The Secretary of Environmental Affairs issued a MEPA certificate on March 30, determining that no further review is necessary and the project can go on to permitting. See the EOEA press release (PDF, 54 KB).
Northeast Gateway LNG Project - CZM has completed its review of the Northeast Gateway Energy Bridge LNG project and associated pipeline, together with the 401 Water Quality Certification and Chapter 91 Waterways License as issued by MassDEP in February, and has issued a determination that the project is consistent with the CZM enforceable policies.
Draft Great Marsh Coastal Restoration Plan - CZM's Wetlands Restoration Program (WRP) is seeking comments on the Draft Great Marsh Coastal Wetlands Restoration Plan, an online resource intended to help communities in the Great Marsh region identify and facilitate the restoration of degraded and former coastal wetland habitats. The website also presents maps, photos, and descriptions of 121 potential and completed salt marsh restoration sites. View the press release (PDF, 42 KB). Comments are due by April 28.
Northeast Gateway Fisheries Impacts - NOAA's Fisheries Service is seeking comments on a plan by Northeast Gateway Energy Bridge LLC to protect marine mammals during construction and operation of a LNG port in federal waters off Gloucester. The agency has preliminarily determined the activities would have a negligible impact on marine mammals and is prepared to issue a permit allowing the company to incidentally disrupt animal behavior, but is soliciting public comment beforehand. See a copy of the application and submit comments to PR1.121406C@noaa.gov by April 12.
MMS Issues Draft EIS on Alternative Energy Program - With interest in commercial development of wave and tidal energy heating up, the U.S. Interior Department's Minerals Management Service (MMS) issued a draft programmatic environmental impact statement (EIS) that addresses the development of an MMS Alternative Energy Program to deal with the siting and leasing of federal waters for tidal current turbines, wave buoys, and other technologies that are likely to be deployed through 2014. MMS is developing the EIS concurrently with rules to approve and manage such offshore activities. On April 26 at 7 p.m., MMS will hold a public hearing to receive comments on the draft EIS at the Marriott, 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton. Comments are due by May 21.
Climate Change and CSOs - EPA's National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) is seeking comments for the draft document A Screening Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Mitigation in the Great Lakes and New England Regions. This report describes the extent to which CSO long-term control plans may be under-designed if planners assume that past precipitation conditions are representative of future conditions. Combined sewer systems (CSSs) collect and co-treat stormwater and municipal wastewater. During high-intensity rainfall events, the capacity of CSSs can be exceeded resulting in the discharge of untreated storm water and wastewater directly into receiving streams. These combined sewer overflow events (CSOs) can result in high concentrations of microbial pathogens, biochemical oxygen demand, suspended solids, and other pollutants in receiving waters. Submit comments by April 28.
Proposed Flood Elevations for Areas of Bourne, Falmouth, and Nantucket - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is requesting technical information or comments on the proposed Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) and proposed BFE modifications for areas of Bourne, Falmouth, and Nantucket. The BFEs are the basis for the floodplain management measures that a community must adopt to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program. The proposed BFEs are available for inspection at Bourne Town Hall, Falmouth Town Hall, and Nantucket's Town Building. For additional information, contact FEMA's William R. Blanton, Jr at (202) 646-3151.
National Coastal Condition Report III - EPA is seeking comments on the draft National Coastal Condition Report III, which describes the condition of the Nation's coastal waters. Submit comments identified with Docket ID # EPA-HQ-OW-2007-0019 by May 8.
Water Resources Management Planning Guide - MassDEP is seeking comments on a new Guide to Water Resource Management Planning that provides information on how to fulfill the planning requirements of the State Revolving Fund. Comments are due by April 7.
Gulf of Maine Council Administrative Assistant - The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment is seeking applications for a one-year Administrative Assistant position to provide administrative support the Council, including meeting logistical support, tracking progress on Gulf of Maine Council Action Plan items, drafting the Council's quarterly and annual reports, and maintaining and updating the GOM Council website. For more information, see the Council's website. Applications are due by April 30.
Right Whale Lectures - Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society will hold a series of right whale lectures in Boston and Brewster in April. For details, see the Stellwagen Bank website.
Generic QAPP Workshops - In April, the Massachusetts Water Watch Partnership is holding two Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP)-writing workshops. Participants will learn how to translate the General QAPPs into program-specific QAPPs, how to develop Standard Operating Procedures for specific field and laboratory methods, how to incorporate Standard Operating Procedures into a QAPP, and the QAPP submittal process in Massachusetts. Sessions will be held from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in Ipswich on April 10 and in Plymouth on April 12. For details, contact Jerry Schoen at email@example.com.
Green Communities Speaker Series - Join the South Coastal Watershed Network for a speaker series that brings new ideas and information to conservationists, municipal officials, government agencies, and developers. On April 17, CZM staff will discuss Coastal Hazards. All lectures are held from 10:00 a.m.-noon at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell. To reserve a seat, contact Sara Grady at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marine Science for the General Public Lecture - Join Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's (WHOI) Sea Grant Program for the annual series of lectures—Oceans Alive: Plain Talk on Current Topics in Marine Science Presented for the General Public. The free talks are designed to inform and involve the public in relevant and timely marine science issues. This year's series will feature the following presentations: April 17 - Whale Conservation Research in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary; April 24 - A Coastal Current in Winter: Exploring Coastal Ocean Cooling with a REMUS Autonomous Underwater Vehicle; May 1 - Young Scientists Present: Winning Science Fair Projects. For details, contact Sheri DeRosa at email@example.com.
LID Workshop in RI - On April 24, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, the Coastal Resources Management Council, and the University of Rhode Island's Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) program will offer a workshop on the benefits of and impediments to implementing Low Impact Development—Making an Impact with Low Impact Development: Helping Rhode Island Communities Use Lessons Learned from Existing Projects. The workshop will be held at the University of Rhode Island Bay Campus in Narragansett.
Nitrogen Lectures - Join the MassDEP Circuit Riders on April 24 in New Bedford and April 25 in Harwich for two lectures about nitrogen in coastal estuaries. MassDEP will present important research findings that may guide the future regulation of wastewater in these areas. For more information, contact MassDEP Circuit Rider Alice Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financing Wastewater Solutions Workshop - On April 27, the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve's (WBNERR) Coastal Training Program (CTP), in partnership with the Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative and the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, will convene the workshop Financing Our Wastewater Solutions on Cape Cod. Paying for wastewater infrastructure is a major concern of Cape Cod towns as the region grapples with developing solutions to the intensifying nitrogen loading problem that degrades coastal water quality. For details, see the CTP website.
Local Government Summit - On May 3 in Washington, DC, the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP) will host the 2007 Environmental Summit for Local Governments: The Next Wave of Environmental Protection. This national conference will feature roundtable discussions, present innovative ideas about current environmental practices and programs, and provide networking opportunities with professionals from around the country.
Clean Energy for Towns and Schools Workshop - On May 18, WBNERR's Coastal Training Program, the Cape and Islands Renewable Energy Collaborative, and others will present the workshop Clean Energy for Towns and Schools: Saving Money and Going Green at Cape Cod Community College. Targeting local officials, the workshop will provide information about green vehicle fleets, reducing energy use, and increasing the percentage of renewable energy used in schools and municipalities. In addition to the full day workshop, there will be a tour of the College's Platinum LEEDS building, a vendor's fair, and opportunities to view alternative fleet vehicles up close. For details, see the CTP website.
Natural Resource Modeling Conference - On June 19-22, the 2007 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling will be held on Cape Cod. Areas of special interest in 2007 include natural resource modeling of forests and oceans and public policy issues in the 21st century.
2007 Estuarine Research Federation Conference—Call for Abstracts - On November 4-8, the 2007 Estuarine Research Federation Conference will be held in Providence, Rhode Island. The deadline for abstracts is May 23.
Urban Waterfronts Conference - On October 31-November 1 in Boston, the Waterfront Center is holding, Urban Waterfronts 25—the 25th annual international conference on waterfront planning, development, and culture.
Reminders - The following calendar items, posted in the last CZ-Mail, are still to come:
Massachusetts Coastal Training Program - The Massachusetts Coastal Training Program (CTP) is designed to help meet coastal challenges with local solutions by providing support to coastal decision-makers in the form of science-based training and information that can be readily applied to management issues. Training and technical assistance are creatively targeted and tailored using audience needs assessments and delivered through a variety of mechanisms and partnership arrangements. CTP is coordinated by DCR's Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in partnership with CZM and the WHOI Sea Grant Program. For more information, see the CTP website.
Rachel Carson Book Club - This year, to mark the 100th anniversary of Rachel Carson's birth, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, working with the Friends of the National Conservation Training Center, will celebrate the achievements of its most notable employee by launching the Rachel Carson Online Book Club. Continuing through November, the online book club will focus on the life and work of Rachel Carson. Participation is open to everyone. For more information, contact Anne Roy at Anne_Roy@fws.gov or Nancy Pollot at Nancy_Pollot@fws.gov.
Innovative Stormwater BMP Database - The University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center is developing a database of innovative best management practices (BMP) for public use, and they need your help. This new database is designed to highlight BMP strategies, such as LID designs, implemented throughout the New England region. Lack of performance data and implementation examples are often limiting factors to more widespread acceptance and implementation of innovative stormwater BMPs. Do you know of any examples of BMP implementation that should be included in the database? See the online submission form to enter relevant information directly into the database.
Marine Policy Fellowships - WHOI Sea Grant is accepting applications for the 2008 Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program. This one-year program is open to any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on April 5, is enrolled in a graduate or professional program in a marine or aquatic-related field at a U.S. accredited institution of higher education. The program, sponsored by the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program, matches highly qualified graduate students with "hosts" in the legislative and executive branches of government located in the Washington, DC area, for a one year paid fellowship. For more information, email Sea Grant at email@example.com. Applications are due April 5.
New LEED Pilot Program - The U.S. Green Building Council has launched a pilot program to test the new Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) for Neighborhood Developments Rating System, which integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism, and green building into the first national standard for neighborhood design. To participate, go to the Green Building Council's website. Applications are due by April 6.
Lifecycle Building Challenge - EPA, the American Institute of Architects, the Building Materials Reuse Association, and West Coast Green have partnered for an exciting design competition focused on facilitating building material reuse. Lifecycle building practices are intended to reverse the wasteful trend of landfilling building materials and preserve the embodied energy within those materials. The competition is free, and registrations are due by April 15.
Marine Art Contest - Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary is partnering with the Massachusetts Marine Educators and the New England Aquarium to sponsor a marine art contest for grades K-12. For details, see the Stellwagen website. Entries are due by May 15.