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Welcome to CZ-Mail, the monthly electronic newsletter from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). Each issue 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. To subscribe to CZ-Mail, send a blank email to email@example.com. Also, please feel free to share CZ-Mail with colleagues and friends—and if you have any suggestions for future editions, or would like make a change to your CZ-Mail subscription, please email your request to CZ-Mail@state.ma.us.
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Recreational Use Study Underway
This summer, boaters will participate in a survey to determine important recreational routes and destinations in Massachusetts coastal waters to ensure that these areas can be given appropriate attention in future management decisions. Thank you to the more than 1,300 boaters who volunteered to participate in the study, which will extend through October to cover the 2010 boating season. The Urban Harbors Institute (UHI) of the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Boston is leading the study in partnership with the Massachusetts Ocean Partnership, Massachusetts Marine Trades Association, Massachusetts Harbormasters Association, Massachusetts Boating and Yacht Club Association, Sailors for the Sea, and CZM. This project is in response to an identified priority of the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan. For more information, see the Massachusetts Recreational Boater Survey website.
Mass Bays and CZM Partner with UHI to Develop Boston Harbor Habitat Atlas
UHI, in partnership with the Massachusetts Bays Program and CZM, was awarded a Massachusetts Environmental Trust grant of $49,470 to develop a Digital Coastal Habitat Atlas for Boston Harbor. Through this grant, project partners will build a coalition of environmental interest groups in the region to identify and prioritize habitat protection and restoration opportunities throughout Boston Harbor and its contributing watersheds. An interactive database and website will then be developed using the Massachusetts Ocean Resource Information System (MORIS) as a platform. This will allow users to access data on a variety of habitat types and characteristics including coastal wetlands, eelgrass, invasive species, hydrologic characteristics, and threatened and endangered species. From more information, contact Kristin Uiterwyk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COASTSWEEP, the state-wide beach cleanup sponsored by CZM and the UHI, will kick off its 23rd year on September 25. Volunteers throughout Massachusetts turn out in large numbers each year for this event, which is part of an international campaign organized by The Ocean Conservancy in Washington, DC. Participants all over the world collect marine debris and record what they find. This information is then used to help reduce future marine debris problems. Cleanups will be scheduled throughout September and October. To get involved, see the COASTSWEEP website or check out COASTSWEEP on Facebook.
2010 Rapid Assessment Survey
From July 24-August 1, an expert team of taxonomists will be on the hunt for marine invaders throughout New England as part of the 2010 Rapid Assessment Survey (RAS). The RAS, coordinated by CZM and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sea Grant program, has occurred roughly every three years since 2000. The survey provides an opportunity to discover new marine invaders through a close inspection of flora and fauna. This year, 25 sites from Rhode Island to Maine will be monitored for both native and non-native marine species. In addition, the RAS team will survey natural intertidal habitats, such as rocky shores, to allow for comparisons of species and community assemblages between artificial and natural habitats. Funding for the survey is provided through the National Estuaries Programs in New England and the Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel. For more information on the Rapid Assessment Survey, contact Jan Smith email@example.com or see the Aquatic Invasive Species Program website.
CZ-Tip: 10 Ways to Enjoy and Protect Massachusetts Beaches
With more than 1,500 miles of Massachusetts shoreline, there's so much to explore and enjoy. To help you find the best beaches, ensure a safe and fun visit, and protect and improve the environment along the way, the CZ-Tip - 10 Ways to Enjoy and Protect Massachusetts Beaches gives links to important information for beachgoers—from online maps to wildlife protection strategies to important safety tips and more.
CZM Staff & People
GIS Intern - In June, CZM and the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program welcomed Kristin Kent, a graduate student from Antioch University, as a summer intern. Kristin will conduct a Geographic Information System (GIS) assessment of salt marsh resource areas under current and future potential higher sea levels. Her internship supports the StormSmart Coasts pilot project in Duxbury, Kingston, and Plymouth, as well as work being conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sea Grant Program. Welcome aboard Kristin.
FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants - The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) are inviting communities, state agencies, and tribal governments and territories to submit applications for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs. It is expected that $10 million will be available for these competitive grants to assist applicants with hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of hazard mitigation projects to reduce or eliminate the loss of life and property due to natural hazards. See the 2011 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program Guidance for the complete grant details. Also, in July-October, MEMA has scheduled several technical assistance meetings, which will provide applicants an opportunity to discuss project details with the State Hazard Mitigation Team. Contact Scott MacLeod at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a meeting. MEMA requests that all interested applicants submit a one-page proposed project pre-application to help determine applicant and project eligibility. These pre-applications are due by July 30 and full applications are due by November 1.
Conservation Partnership Grants - The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Division of Conservation Services (DCS) is seeking proposals for the Conservation Partnership Grant Program, which provides funds to non-public, nonprofit corporations to acquire and hold lands suitable for conservation or recreation. To view the Request for Responses (RFR), see the Comm-PASS website and search for document number "EEA 11 DCS 03." Applications are due by July 12.
Water Conservation Grants - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is seeking proposals for the fiscal year (FY) 2011 Water Conservation Grant Program, which awards matching funds to public water systems to encourage local drinking water conservation efforts. Up to $60,000 per proposal and a total of $800,000 is expected to be awarded to eligible public water systems. To view the RFR, see the Comm-PASS website and search for document number "BRP 2010-04." For more information, see MassDEP's website. Proposals are due by August 3.
Drinking Water Supply Protection Grants - MassDEP is seeking proposals for the FY 2011 Drinking Water Supply Protection Grant Program, which provides funding to public water systems and municipalities for land acquisitions that protect public drinking water supplies and drinking water quality. The maximum grant award for a single project is $500,000. To view the RFR, see the Comm-PASS website and search for document number "BRP 2010-04Amended." For more information, see MassDEP's website. Proposals are due by September 24.
Reminders - These opportunities listed in the last CZ-Mail are still available:
Invasive Species in the Gulf of Maine - CZM's Aquatic Invasive Species Program has released a review paper, Marine Invasive Species (PDF, 14.4 MB), which describes the impacts, vectors, emerging threats, and management responses to these species in the Gulf of Maine. Authored by CZM's Adrienne Pappal, the paper presents the first synthesis of marine invasive species information specific to the Gulf of Maine ecosystem—a useful resource for managers, researchers, and those with an invasive species interest. This paper was written as part of the Gulf of Maine Council's State of the Gulf of Maine Report—a modular, living document that presents an on-going evaluation of priority issues in the Gulf of Maine. A number of theme papers on climate change and emerging issues have been released to date and additional theme papers are in production. For more information on CZM's invasive species efforts, see the Aquatic Invasive Species Program website.
StormSmart Coasts National Newsletter - The June issue of the national StormSmart Coasts Network's monthly newsletter provides a discussion and updates on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and includes other StormSmart Coasts news. Each month the newsletter features new resources for coastal decision makers looking for information on how to protect communities from weather and climate hazards.
Urban Development Effects on Streams Report - The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in collaboration with the Center for Watershed Protection, has released the report Effects of Urbanization on Stream Ecosystems, which focuses on the effects of urban development on stream ecosystem health. The study showed, for example, that once a watershed reaches about 10 percent impervious cover in urban areas, aquatic insect communities are degraded by as much as 33 percent in comparison to aquatic insect communities in forested watersheds. Nine metropolitan areas, including Boston, were studied for the physical, chemical, and biological response of streams to increasing urbanization. The report and several video podcasts are available on the USGS website.
Potential Impacts of Oil Spill on New England Report - The Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) has produced a one-page illustrated report Potential for DeepWater Horizon Spill Oil to Impact New England Coastal Waters (PDF, 1.5 MB), which provides an analysis of work done to predict the spill's effect on New England.
2009 National Beach Report - EPA's BEACH Report: 2009 Swimming Season indicates that the nation's coastal and Great Lakes beaches were open 95 percent of the time during the 2009 swimming season. Since the passage of the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act of 2000, EPA has provided grants totaling nearly $92 million to coastal and Great Lakes states, territories, and eligible tribes to monitor their coastal and Great Lakes beaches, and to notify the public when water sampling for pathogen indicators identifies potential health problems. The funds have substantially enhanced the capacity of the programs of state and local partners to protect the health of swimmers in coastal and Great Lakes recreational waters.
Water Pollution Control Report - EPA has released a new report that estimates that nationwide capital investment needs for wastewater and stormwater pollution control will be more than $298 billion over the next 20 years. The 2008 Clean Watersheds Needs Survey summarizes the results of EPA's national survey on publicly owned treatment works needs. The estimate includes $192 billion for wastewater treatment and collection systems, $64 billion for combined sewer overflow corrections, and $42 billion for stormwater management.
CICEET Progress Reports - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET) has released the Spring 2010 Progress Reports for its environmental technology development projects. These projects are dedicated to developing tools that help coastal communities become more resilient in the face of increasing development and climate change. The focus areas include improved tools for land use planning, habitat restoration and protection, and water quality monitoring. These reports detail progress in gathering data, meeting research objectives, reaching out to coastal managers, and soliciting feedback from potential end users.
Building Green Video - EPA's Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds has released the video, Building Green: A Success Story in Philadelphia, which highlights innovative efforts by green builders in Philadelphia who are helping protect and restore environmental quality and beautify the city. By installing cisterns, green roofs, porous pavers, solar panels, and Energy Star appliances, the builders are capturing rainwater, reducing stormwater runoff, and saving energy.
Sound Waves - The May/June 2010 issue of Sound Waves, the monthly newsletter from USGS, features articles on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, extreme storms and vulnerable coasts, and other coastal and marine research news.
Marine Ecosystems and Management Information Service - The June/July 2010 edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management, the bimonthly information service on marine ecosystem-based management from the University of Washington School of Marine Affairs focuses on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill with other notes and news.
Right Whale News - The May 2010 issue of Right Whale News (PDF, 760 KB) is now available online. Right Whale News is a quarterly newsletter distributed electronically to participants in conservation and recovery of the North Atlantic right whale and its habitats.
Oceanography - The June 2010 issue of Oceanography, the magazine of the Oceanography Society, is a special issue on marine renewable energy.
Restoration Case Studies - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report entitled, Dead Planet, Living Planet: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration for Sustainable Development, which provides more than 30 case studies on thousands of successful restoration projects in deserts, rainforests, rivers, and coasts. The report also provides recommendations on how to avoid pitfalls and minimize risks to ensure successful restoration.
Marine Renewable Energy Conference Presentations - Presentations from the 3rd Annual Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference held this April in Seattle are available from the conference website.
Reminder - The following publication posted in the last CZ-Mail is still available:
State of the Beach Report - The Surfrider Foundation's State of the Beach Report for 2010 is now online. This report analyzes the health of beaches and coastal areas across the nation based on several indicators, including water quality, coastal erosion, and access to beach and surfing areas. It includes specific analysis of activities in each coastal state and descriptions of model coastal protection efforts. It also features CZM's Coastal Landscaping website as one of the "Rad" programs that help to protect our shores.
Heading to the Shore? Seek Your Summer Hot Spots with these CZM Resources - With summer approaching, the online Massachusetts Coast Guide to Boston and the North Shore can help you get to nearly 400 shoreline public access sites (from Salisbury to Hingham). The Coast Guide website provides maps and descriptions of not only the spectacular beaches found on major road maps, but smaller, little-known coastal treasures too. For ideas about where to go along the entire Massachusetts coastline, CZM also provides the Online Locator of Coastal Public Access Sites. Developed in conjunction with the Office of Geographic and Environmental Information (MassGIS), this searchable inventory displays maps and printable descriptions of coastal properties owned by government agencies or major nonprofit land conservation organizations and open to the public.
New Online Tool to Map BP Oil Spill Response - NOAA, EPA, U.S. Coast Guard, and Department of the Interior have developed a new online tool that provides users with near real-time information about the response to the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill. This website incorporates data from the various agencies that are working together to tackle the spill.
Plastics at Sea Expedition - The Sea Education Association (SEA) has launched the Plastics at SEA: North Atlantic Expedition—a 35-day research cruise to study the accumulation of plastic marine debris in the North Atlantic Ocean. Follow the expedition on the SEA website, which will be updated daily with blog entries and multimedia content.
World Ocean Radio - World Ocean Radio is a weekly series of short audio essays on a wide range of ocean issues. Content is available for RSS feed, podcast, and syndicated use (at no cost) by community radio stations worldwide.
BASINS Software Update - EPA has released an updated version of its acclaimed watershed management program, Better Assessment Science Integrating Point and Nonpoint Sources (BASINS)—a multipurpose system that integrates environmental data, analytical tools, and modeling programs to help regions, states, and local agencies develop cost-effective approaches to watershed management and environmental protection. New features in this update include plug-in interfaces for well-known watershed and water quality models SWMM5 (Stormwater Water Management Model version 5), WASP7 (Water Quality Analysis Simulation Program version 7), and SWAT 2005 (Soil and Water Assessment Tool).
Ocean Science Educator Case Studies - The Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE) is developing a series of online case studies highlighting COSEE scientists' engagement in Education and Outreach. The first case study, featuring Dr. Bob Chen from COSEE New England and UMass Boston, is now available. Additional case studies will be added as they are completed.
News by Nature - The News by Nature website provides science and environmental news of the day in an "unscientific" and comprehensive manner. Check it out at www.nbnpress.com.
Draft 309 Assessment and Strategy Available for Public Comment - Section 309 of the Coastal Zone Management Act establishes a voluntary enhancement grants program that, among other things, encourages states with federally approved Coastal Management Programs to develop and implement program changes in one or more of the following nine coastal zone enhancement areas: Wetlands, Public Access, Coastal Hazards, Cumulative and Secondary Impacts, Energy and Government Facility Siting, Ocean Resources, Special Area Management Plans, Marine Debris, and Aquaculture. In accordance with federal guidance from NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, CZM has developed its draft Section 309 Assessment and Five-Year Strategy for CZM Program Enhancement (FY2011-15) and is making it available for public review and comment during a 30-day period. The document describes the current status of CZM program activities in the nine specific federally defined issue areas and identifies potential enhancement projects. Electronic copies of the document can be downloaded from the CZM website, and hard copies can be obtained upon request by contacting CZM at email@example.com or (617) 626-1212. Submit comments in writing no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 9 to Bruce Carlisle, CZM Assistant Director, 251 Causeway Street, Suite 800, Boston MA 02114.
StormSmart Coasts Workshop Series - As part of a CZM StormSmart Coasts community pilot project, the towns of Duxbury, Kingston, and Plymouth are holding a series of courses for building and engineering professionals that will highlight effective floodplain and stormwater management for construction. Part two of the series, to be held on July 15 at Plymouth Town Hall, will highlight siting design work done by the Witten Group and other local professionals. To RSVP, contact Daniella Hirschfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned to the CZM website for details on the next course in the series, which will be held in August in Duxbury and will be targeted to the real estate industry with a focus on considerations when selling coastal property.
Mudflat Mania - Through July and August, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold a series of Mudflat Mania walks. Bring a pail, notebook, and water shoes for a beachside exploration where visitors learn about the fascinating world of animals that live in and on the tidal flats.
Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission Meeting - The Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission will meet at 1:00 p.m. on July 19 in the meeting room at Cape Cod National Seashore Headquarters, Marconi Station, Wellfleet. The meeting is open to the public and interested parties may make oral/written presentations to the commission.
Oceans, Coasts, and Climate for Teachers - On August 2-5 and November 6, the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (WBNERR) will hold an oceans, coasts, and climate course for teachers of grades 7-12. This course will present information, research, and activities on climate topics with a special focus on Massachusetts marine and coastal systems. Participants will carry out field studies, practice using marine and coastal data, and engage in lessons and activities for teaching about climate. Participants will receive lesson plans and a resource CD.
Waquoit Bay Watershed Block Party - On August 10 at 3:00 p.m., join WBNERR for the annual Watershed Block Party—an event to raise awareness about estuaries and watersheds. Activities include games, arts and crafts, face painting, science demonstrations with local scientists, and a touch tank full of critters from the bay.
Swim & Fin Race for Salem Sound—Save the Date - On August 28, Salem Sound Coastwatch (SSCW) will hold the 5th Annual Swim & Fin Race for Salem Sound at Forest River Park in Salem. The event will feature open water swim races for all levels. There will be food, music, and giveaways.
Antique & Classic Boat Festival - On August 28-29, Hawthorne Cove Marina in Salem will host the 28th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Festival, which will include exhibits, artists, crafts, and entertainment.
Coastal Management—Call for Papers - The Coastal Society (TCS) is seeking submissions of full-length manuscripts for publication in a special issue of the journal Coastal Management. The theme of this issue is "Making the Connection: Translating Science into Effective Coastal Policy." Papers addressing all aspects of the application of scientific knowledge and perspectives to coastal management policy and practice at local, regional, national, and/or international scales are welcome. For submission details, see the Instructions to Authors. For questions, contact Lawrence Cahoon at Cahoon@uncw.edu or Christopher Dumas at DumasC@uncw.edu. Submissions are due by September 15.
Reminders - The following calendar items posted in the last CZ-Mail are still to come:
Mass Audubon Photo Contest - Calling all shutterbugs! Mass Audubon is holding its first-ever Picture This: My Connection to Nature photo contest, open to all participants. New England's largest conservation organization welcomes striking digital images that highlight the beauty and diversity of Massachusetts wildlife, habitats, and people in nature. National Geographic award-winning photojournalist (and Massachusetts native) Brian Skerry will be on the panel of judges that will select up to 24 winners (12 adults and 12 students). Two Grand Prize Winners' photos will be featured on the cover of a Mass Audubon publication, which reaches more than 100,000 people throughout New England and beyond. Entries are due by September 6.
Recreational Boating Access Awards - BoatUS is seeking nominations for the fourth annual BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Awards to recognize those individuals or groups who have succeeded in preserving or improving public waterway access. Examples of solutions could include creative public/private partnerships, changes in land-use planning or permitting processes, tax incentives, legislation or public ballots, publicity, or public education. Eligible activities must have been undertaken in the last three years. Nominations are due by October 1.
Hurricane Preparedness - The Atlantic Ocean hurricane season began on June 1 and an active season is predicted. The latest hurricane information is available on the NOAA National Hurricane Center website. To help prepare, see the CZM Hurricane Preparedness Kit. Also, see CZM's 2002 Coastlines magazine for more information on Massachusetts hurricanes and their potential impacts, articles on how to build and rebuild to withstand a storm, and information on a wide range of tools available for reducing risks in hurricane-prone areas.