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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. Please feel free to share CZ-Mail with colleagues and friends—and 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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Secretary Bowles Testifies before Congress on Energy Development in Oceans
On March 24, Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Ian Bowles testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee at a joint oversight hearing on "Energy Development on the Outer Continental Shelf and the Future of our Oceans" held by both the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources and the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife. Secretary Bowles highlighted the value of coastal and ocean areas for energy development and provided an overview of the work being done in Massachusetts to develop an integrated ocean management plan. He also recommended that Congress: 1) elevate the energy policy priority of offshore wind, 2) clarify the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's mission in supporting new approaches to ocean and coastal management, 3) reauthorize the Coastal Zone Management Act to enhance the federal-state partnership on managing state and federal waters, and 4) establish an Ocean and Coastal Trust Fund funded by a portion of Outer Continental Shelf revenues to support state and federal efforts to address critical ocean and coastal management needs. For more information, see the EEA website, and for links to a video of the hearing and all hearing testimony, see Natural Resources Committee website.
Ocean Planning Process Continues
On March 4, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Ocean Advisory Commission met and discussed the ocean management plan goals, strategies to achieve those goals, and proposed outcomes—laying the foundation for ensuring that the plan will meet the requirements of the Oceans Act. On March 18, the Ocean Science Advisory Council (SAC) also met to review the plan goals, strategies, and outcomes. This review provided a framework for SAC work to develop a science plan that will support future evolution of the ocean management plan. The SAC discussion included not only the framework for the science plan but the research, assessment, and monitoring activities that should be included. Finally, much effort was spent in March continuing to refine the methodology to identify "special, sensitive, and unique marine and estuarine life and habitats," as required in the Oceans Act. For more on the ocean planning process, see EEA's Massachusetts Ocean Plan website. To receive periodic ocean plan updates, send an email to email@example.com.
Lower North Shore NDA Approved by EPA
On March 18, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the state's proposal to designate the coastal waters of Revere, Saugus, Lynn, Nahant, and Swampscott as a vessel No Discharge Area (NDA). This ban on discharge of all boat sewage would also apply to the state waters of the Saugus and Pines Rivers. The designation is in response to the EEA nomination for NDA status, which was prepared by CZM, working closely with the five communities and Safer Waters in Massachusetts, an advocate for clean water across Massachusetts Bay. "Congratulations to everyone who helped make this NDA a reality, ensuring that the upcoming boating season will bring cleaner waters to the lower North Shore," said CZM Director Deerin Babb-Brott. "We are now one step closer to Governor Patrick's goal of declaring all of Massachusetts state waters as no discharge for boat sewage." For details, see the Federal Register Notice. For more on NDA activities along the coast, see CZM's NDA website.
Chapter 91 Mapping Project Receives Award
In March, the BSC Group and project partners CZM and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) were presented with the 2009 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Gold Award for outstanding professional design excellence for the Massachusetts Chapter 91/Historical Shoreline Mapping Project. The Engineering Excellence Awards annually recognize innovation, expertise, and achievements of member firms from throughout the nation. The goal of this four-year project was to develop a GIS-based mapping product grounded in the best available historical plans and shoreline information that would facilitate accurate depictions of historical tidal boundaries as defined by the Waterways Regulations (310 CMR 9.00), also known as Chapter 91. The completed project provides MassDEP's Waterways Program, which is authorized by the Legislature to regulate activities on public trust lands and waters, with a comprehensive and searchable digital database of over 2,500 historical plans and maps produced as early as the late-17th century. These plans and maps can be used by MassDEP and the public to determine if Chapter 91 jurisdiction applies to a particular property. In addition to providing greater predictability, efficiency, and consistency in the determination of tidelands jurisdiction for landowners participating in a Chapter 91 licensing process, the cartographic database and digital scans will provide a valuable source of historical information for scientists, historians, archeologists, engineers, and other professionals working along the coasts. For further information on the project and how it will be used, contact Alex Strysky of the Waterways Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CZM Nominates Two Projects to NOAA for CELCP Funding
On March 30, CZM submitted two applications to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for federal fiscal year 2010 Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) funding. The first project is the Magnolia Hill Conservation Project in Gloucester. The city of Gloucester is seeking $3 million in CELCP funding to obtain a conservation easement on this 109-acre property that is directly adjacent to The Trustees of Reservations' Ravenswood Park. The Trustees will hold title to the land and will expand park activities onto the property. The Trust for Public Land played a very large role in the development of this land conservation opportunity and in writing the project application. The second project is along the shore of Buzzards Bay in the towns of Fairhaven and Mattapoisett. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is seeking $2.8 million to purchase 139 acres near and adjacent to their Nasketucket Bay State Reservation. The project also includes an additional 147 acres of conservation easements and donated land in the project area. The towns of Mattapoisett and Fairhaven are partners in the project. If selected for funding by NOAA, these two projects will lead to the long-term protection of several hundreds of acres of land with exceptional ecological, conservation, recreational, historic, and aesthetic values. Competition for the limited federal CELCP funds is expected to be strong. For more information, see CZM's CELCP website.
§319 Grants - MassDEP is seeking proposals for the §319 Nonpoint Source Pollution Competitive Grants Program. Please note that match guidelines have been amended for this grant round to allow some up-front costs that have already been expended for project development to be included as match. All other match eligibility requirements apply. A public information session will be held at MassDEP's Worcester Office on April 22. For details, see the Request for Responses (RFR) on the Comm-PASS website. Search for document number "BRP 2009-02." For more information about past §319 projects, see MassDEP's website. Proposals are due by June 2.
§604(b) Grants—Additional Funding Available - Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, MassDEP anticipates receiving more than $500,000 in additional funding for §604(b) Water Quality Management Planning Program Grants. MassDEP is seeking project proposals ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 for watershed- or subwatershed-based nonpoint source assessment activities that support MassDEP's efforts. MassDEP expects to release the RFR in early April with proposals due in mid-May. To view the full announcement and the RFR (once released), visit the Comm-PASS website and search for solicitation number "BRP 09-03."
Parks and Conservation Land Grants - EEA's Division of Conservation Services (DCS) is seeking applications for the FY09 Parkland Acquisition and Renovation for Communities (PARC) and the Local Acquisition for Natural Diversity (LAND) Programs. PARC grants assist communities with the acquisition of parkland, as well as construction of new parks and renovation of existing parks. LAND grants provide funds to municipal conservation commissions for the purchase of conservation land. A "how to" grant workshop will be held on May 21 from 10:00 a.m.-noon at 100 Cambridge Street, Boston. Please RSVP to Melissa Cryan at email@example.com. For more information, please visit the DCS Grant Programs web page. Applications are due by July 15.
Nature Conservancy Restoration Grants - The Nature Conservancy (TNC), in partnership with NOAA's Community-Based Restoration Program, is seeking proposals for projects at TNC priority sites throughout the United States and its territories to restore or enhance estuarine, marine, and anadromous species, and their habitats. For details, see the NOAA/TNC Grants web page. Proposals are due by April 24.
Small Shipyard Grants -The U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration is seeking applications from small shipyards. Under this program, grants are available to qualified shipyards for capital and related infrastructure improvements that will facilitate efficiency, competitive operations, and quality ship construction, repair, and reconfiguration. For details, see the Federal Register Notice or contact Jean E. McKeever at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due by May 10.
Estuary Habitat Restoration Program - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is seeking proposals for the Estuary Habitat Restoration Program. Proposed projects must provide ecosystem benefits, have scientific merit, and be technically feasible and cost-effective. For details, see the USACE website. Proposals are due by May 12.
Reminder - These opportunities listed in the last CZ-Mail are still available:
Sea Level Rise Workshop PowerPoint Presentations Now Available - The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) has posted PowerPoint presentations from the March 12 North Shore Sea Level Rise Workshop on their What's New web page. The workshop was co-sponsored by MAPC, CZM, the Massachusetts Bays Program, and Salem State College. Presentations covered: mapping sea-level rise (including maps developed by Salem State College's Geography Department depicting expected impacts of sea level rise on the North Shore), case studies on how Scituate and Quincy are addressing sea level rise issues, CZM's StormSmart Coasts program, and current climate change adaptation initiatives.
Marine Debris Report - The Ocean Conservancy has released A Rising Tide of Ocean Debris and What We Can Do About It, which presents data recorded by nearly 400,000 volunteers in 104 countries and locations during the 2008 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC). The report documents the types and sources of debris and its impact on wildlife and connection to global climate change. It also includes recommendations for eliminating marine debris. Massachusetts citizens participate in the ICC each year as part of CZM's COASTSWEEP.
New Sea Grant Publications - The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's Sea Grant program has released two new publications. The Future of Massachusetts Beaches: Relocate, Nourish, or Lose Them (PDF, 18.4 MB) provides proceedings from a May 2007 workshop featuring presentations by specialists and resource agencies on the technical aspects of beach nourishment. Coastal Dune Protection & Restoration Using 'Cape' American Beachgrass & Fencing addresses restoration of frontal coastal sand dune systems with sand fencing and 'Cape' American beachgrass. To order hard copies, contact Jeffrey Brodeur at email@example.com.
Gulf of Maine Habitat Workshop Proceedings - The Gulf of Maine Habitat Classification Workshop: Mapping for Decision Making was held in September 2008 to facilitate communication on seafloor mapping and classification and to determine the need for information about marine habitats. See the workshop proceedings (PDF, 112 KB).
Gulf of Maine Times - The Spring/Summer 2009 issue of the Gulf of Maine Times is now available online. This edition features the impact of climate change in the Gulf of Maine and also includes an article on a successful composting initiative and waste recovery program in Nova Scotia and a book review of The Unnatural History of the Sea that discusses the amazing abundance of marine life historically found in the oceans.
Coastal Services Magazine - The March/April 2009 issue of Coastal Services, a NOAA Coastal Services Center magazine, is now available online. This issue features articles about turning marine debris into energy in New Hampshire, smart growth in Hawaii, and helping coastal managers communicate about climate change.
Marine Protected Area Newsletter - The March 2009 issue of MPA News is now available and features articles on the effects of the global financial crisis on marine protected areas (MPA), a new web-based tool that allow planners to design MPAs and view potential impacts instantly, and other MPA news and notes.
Climate Literacy Guide - The U.S. Climate Change Science Program has released Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science, a 13-page guide that provides information on how people can help reduce climate change and its impacts. It also defines important terms and concepts associated with climate and adaptation/mitigation approaches.
New Climate Change and Water eNewsletter - The EPA Office of Water has a new eNewsletter to provide news and information related to water programs and climate change. To subscribe, send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greenscapes E-Newsletter - The early spring 2008 issue of the Greenscapes E-Newsletter is now available online. This issue features a yard-care calendar, upcoming events, and a story on the growth of Greenscapes throughout Massachusetts. The Greenscapes Massachusetts program is a multi-partner outreach effort focusing on water conservation and protection. To receive the e-newsletter directly, subscribe online.
Reminder - The following CZM publication listed in the last CZ-Mail is still available:
Ocean Motion - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Ocean Motion website provides a comprehensive review of the surface circulation of Earth's ocean, along with classroom investigations appropriate for various disciplines at the high school level. The website features satellite and model data, quick evaluation quizzes, classroom investigations, and more.
Watershed Central Website - EPA has developed the new website, Watershed Central, to help watershed organizations and others find key information to implement watershed management projects. Users can find environmental data, watershed models, guidance documents, watershed technical resources, mapping applications, and other information including a "Watershed Central Wiki" for collaboration and information sharing. On April 15, EPA will present a Watershed Central webcast about the information and tools available on this new website.
Understanding Science - The University of California at Berkeley, in collaboration with a diverse group of scientists and teachers, has developed the new Understanding Science website. Created with funding from the National Science Foundation, the website was designed to provide a fun, accessible, and free resource that accurately communicates what science is and how it really works.
Coastal Projects under CZM Review
East Boston Municipal Harbor Plan Amendment Approved - On March 4, the city of Boston's East Boston Municipal Harbor Plan Amendment was approved by EEA. The amendment contained substitutions and offsets for three projects along the East Boston waterfront. CZM provided the city with harbor planning technical assistance throughout the process. The public benefits associated with the plan include enhanced public access, historic interpretive exhibits, and civic/cultural spaces that will serve to activate this area of the waterfront. See the full EEA decision (PDF, 326 KB).
Marine Mammal Permit - The National Marine Fisheries Service is seeking comments on a request from the Northeast Gateway Energy Bridge L.L.C. and its partner, Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC, for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to operating and maintaining a liquefied natural gas port facility and its associated Pipeline Lateral in Massachusetts Bay for the period of May 2009 through May 2014. For details, including commenting instructions, see the Federal Register Notice. Comments are due by April 6.
Nomination of MPAs to National System - The National Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Center has received the first round of nominations for existing MPAs to join the national system. This list of 224 nominated sites is now available for public comment. The national system and the nomination process are described in the Framework for the National System of Marine Protected Areas of the United States published in 2008. For more information, including commenting instructions, see the Federal Register Notice. Comments are due by April 6.
Developing the Outer Continental Shelf Meetings - In April, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Mineral Management Service (MMS) will host four regional public meetings to discuss the future of offshore energy development on the nation's Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar, will present MMS findings on the OCS energy resources and information regarding sensitive areas and resources on the OCS. The meetings will take place New Jersey, Louisiana, Alaska, and California beginning April 6. For details, see the Federal Register Notice.
Reminder - The following comment opportunity from the last CZ-Mail is still open:
Waquoit Bay Summer Jobs - The Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and DCR are seeking applications for three Island Managers to serve as information resources for the public on Washburn Island from May 15-September 13. Responsibilities include: maintenance of a small waterfront campground, trails, and other assigned improvement projects; patrol of beaches to encourage compliance with resource protection rules; and development and presentation of interpretive programs. For more information, see the complete job announcement.
Environmental Educator - The Marion Natural History Museum is seeking applications for a Lead Educator for the Coastal Explorations program. This program is for children entering grades 3 and 4, and features explorations of Marion's rocky intertidal shoreline, salt marshes, estuaries, as well as freshwater riverbanks, swamps, ponds, and bogs. Candidates should be enthusiastic and familiar with local wildlife and habitats. This program is being offered in two sessions—July 6-17 and August 3-14, weekdays only, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Class size is limited to 15 children per session, and there will be an assistant present during class hours. If interested, send cover letter and resume to Marion Natural History Museum. For more information, contact Elizabeth Leidhold at email@example.com.
Climate Change Preparation Workshop - On April 8, the Massachusetts Coastal Training Program will hold the Plan to Protect: How Communities Can Prepare for Climate Change workshop in Hyannis. This full-day workshop will offer guidance to decision-makers on how to prepare for climate change, including case studies about different approaches to adaptation planning.
Walking the Cape Lecture - On April 14 at 1:30 p.m., the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will present Walking the Cape, In the Footsteps of Thoreau by writer Adam Gamble. This talk is based on his book In the Footsteps of Thoreau: 25 Historic & Nature Walks on Cape Cod. The presentation will include commentary on Henry David Thoreau, 19th century Cape Cod, and the ways that Thoreau's book Cape Cod influences us to this day. A book signing will follow Mr. Gamble's talk.
Low Impact Development Conference - On April 16, the Environmental Business Council of New England will hold the third annual Low Impact Development Conference in Framingham. The conference, entitled Stormwater Management—Regulatory Drivers, will provide the latest information on stormwater regulations and the developing science and economics behind those regulations. Developers, consultants, architects, engineers, regulators, and municipal, state, and federal officials are encouraged to attend.
Land-Based Wind Workshop - On April 17, the Massachusetts Coastal Training Program will hold the seventh annual land-based wind workshop, Putting Wind to Work in a Changing Climate, in West Yarmouth. This full-day workshop will provide wind power information to decision makers on permitting, financing, grants, net metering regulations, and the Green Communities Act. Several case studies will also be presented.
National Beach Conference - On April 20-22, EPA's Office of Water will hold the 2009 National Beach Conference in Huntington Beach, California. This 3-day conference, Riding the Wave of Emerging Science, will bring together researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from around the world to discuss water quality at beaches.
Ocean Science and Conservation Workshop - On April 21-22, the New England Aquarium's Teacher Resource Center will hold a two-day, standards-aligned workshop on ocean science and conservation, focusing on activities teachers can take back to the classroom to foster an ethic of environmental stewardship among their students. The workshop is targeted at teachers in grades 5-8. Advanced registration is required. For details, contact the Teacher Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teachers on the Estuary - This summer, the region's National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRs) will offer Teachers on the Estuary. This research and field-based teacher training is designed to improve teachers' and students' understanding of the environment using local research examples, and to provide resources and experience to support the incorporation of estuary and watershed topics into classroom teaching. The Waquoit Bay NERR's program is on July 8-10, plus a half day November 21, and the Narragansett Bay NERR's program is on July 28-30, plus a half day October 24. Applications are due by April 30.
Massachusetts Marine Educators Conference - On May 2, the Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME) will hold the 33rd Conference and Annual Meeting in the Redfield Auditorium at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The 2008 conference will focus on working toward ocean literacy. Contact Robert Rocha at email@example.com for details.
Nonpoint Source and Stormwater Outreach Conference - On May 11-14, EPA will hold the fifth National Conference on Nonpoint Source and Stormwater Outreach in Portland, Oregon. This conference will provide practitioners from around the country the opportunity to learn and share ideas on developing and implementing nonpoint source and stormwater outreach strategies that produce positive, measurable outcomes, comply with NPDES requirements, and can be successfully implemented with modest budgets.
Ocean Exploration - On May 16, the New England Aquarium will host a NOAA Ocean Exploration Program presentation by NOAA educators and scientists. This one-day professional development workshop teaches inquiry- and standards-based activities that introduce students to NOAA expeditions.
National Water Quality Conference - On May 20-22, the 2009 National Water Quality Conference, Emerging Issues and Technology for Managing Water Quality and Supply in the 21st Century, will be held in Houston, Texas.
Planning Conference—Save the Date - On June 4-5, the Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors will hold its 2009 annual conference in Salem. CZM and DCR will hold a workshop at the conference on floodplain management, hazard mitigation, and StormSmart Coasts pilot communities. Details will be provided in upcoming issues of CZ-Mail.
Coastal Zone '09 - On July 19-23, the Coastal Zone '09 Conference, Revolutionary Times: Catching the Wave of Change, will be held at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston. The coastal and ocean landscape is changing, whether it's the climate, shoreline, or habitat. Coastal Zone '09 will explore the many facets of change and share tools and information to help manage the changing coastal and ocean resources.
Conference on Coastal Environmental Sensing Networks—Call for Abstracts - On July 23-24, the University of Massachusetts Boston Center for Coastal Environmental Sensing Networks (CESN) will hold the Conference on Coastal Environmental Sensing Networks. This two-day conference will provide a forum to share state-of-the-art technology capabilities and learn about informational needs related to environmental sensing networks. CESN '09 will feature three panel sessions held in conjunction with Coastal Zone '09, a networking dinner, presentations, posters, and plenary talks. Abstracts are due by April 17.
Coastal Ocean Science Academy - On August 10-22, Northeastern University's Marine Science Center in Nahant will host a Coastal Ocean Science Academy for students entering grades 9 and 10. During this two-week program, students will do field work in local marine habitats and will participate in ongoing Marine Science Center research. Participants will participate in field sampling, invasive species monitoring, beach clean-up, benthic organism surveys, and more. For more information contact Tracy Hajduk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminders - The following calendar items posted in the last CZ-Mail are still to come:
Water Quality Video Contest - EPA's Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds is holding a video contest to help educate the public about water pollution and simple steps that individuals and communities can take to improve and protect water quality. Two videos will be selected for use as public service announcements. Each winner will also receive a $2,500 cash award. Short video submissions are due by April 22.
EPA Smart Growth Awards - EPA is seeking applications for the eighth annual National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. This award recognizes communities that use the principles of smart growth to create better places. For more information, see the EPA website. Applications are due by April 23.
Gulf of Maine Council Awards - The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment is seeking nominations for its annual Visionary Awards, Longard Award, Susan Snow-Cotter Leadership Award, and the first Industry Award. Visionary Awards will be presented to two individuals or organizations in each state and province bordering the Gulf. The Longard Award will be presented to an outstanding volunteer within the Gulf watershed. The Susan Snow-Cotter Award will recognize a coastal management professional who exemplifies outstanding leadership or exceptional mentoring in the Gulf of Maine watershed. The Industry Award will go to a business that has shown leadership in efforts to improve the well-being of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Submit nomination forms for all awards by April 24 to email@example.com.
Sea Grant Summer Programs - Woods Hole Sea Grant has updated its list of marine or nature-based summer programs for children, which take place throughout the Cape Cod area.
Boat Camp - Located along the Merrimack River in Newburyport, Boat Camp offers programs for children, families, and teachers that take place inside a waterfront learning center and onboard a 42-foot charter vessel Erica Lee. All programs are built on a foundation of teaching standards that encourages careful observation and respect for all marine life.
Rachel Carson Contest - EPA is calling for submissions to the third annual Rachel Carson Intergenerational Sense of Wonder Contest. Carson is considered to be the founder of the contemporary environmental movement through her landmark book, Silent Spring. Entries will be accepted in four categories—poetry, essay, dance, and photography. For more information, see the EPA contest website. Submissions are due by June 10.
Youth Disaster Grants - Do Something and the Dunkin' Brands Community Foundation have teamed up to offer $500 Disaster Grants to young people in the U.S. and Canada. Each week in 2009 they will grant $500 to a person with a project idea around the themes of disaster preparedness and emergency response. Elligible activities include building houses, planning an emergency coat drive for families in crisis, or collecting toys for kids who have been through a natural disaster.