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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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Upper North Shore No Discharge Area Approved
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the state's proposal to designate the coastal waters of the upper North Shore as a vessel No Discharge Area (NDA). This latest NDA designation prohibits the discharge of any treated or untreated waste in a 176-square-mile region of state waters in Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Ipswich, Rowley, Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury, Amesbury, West Newbury, Merrimac, Groveland, North Andover, Haverhill, Methuen, and Lawrence. The designation is in response to the nomination for NDA status submitted by CZM on behalf of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) earlier this year—capping a year-long effort involving extensive work by CZM and the 16 communities. With this designation, nearly 60 percent of state waters are now no-dumping zones for boat sewage. For details, see the EEA press release and the Upper North Shore Federal Register Notice. Related efforts to authorize NDAs are underway for Nantucket Sound, Mt. Hope Bay, and the outer Cape from Chatham to Provincetown. For more on NDA activities along the coast, see CZM's NDA website.
Scientists Find New Marine Invader in 2010 Rapid Assessment Survey
In July, a team of 20 scientists led by CZM and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Sea Grant College Program discovered a new non-native shrimp in Salem Sound. The discovery was made during the seven-day 2010 Rapid Assessment Survey to collect, identify, and catalogue marine organisms in coastal waters from Cape Cod through Maine's mid-coast. The team scoured docks and rocky shores along the Commonwealth's coast from Cape Cod to Cape Ann from July 26 through July 30, searching for and identifying non-native marine species. The rock pool shrimp Palaemon elegans is a European species that can grow to over two inches in length and is able to consume a number of smaller marine organisms. The sighting was hailed as a "major discovery" by Dr. Jim Carlton, invasive species expert and Director of the Williams College/Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program, who, along with his students, first spotted the shrimp. His students have since returned to Salem and collected an additional 70 individuals. Although it is as of yet unclear what risks the invading shrimp poses to the marine environment, the Massachusetts Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Working Group has begun the task of gathering information on this species to evaluate potential impacts and possible management strategies. Rapid Assessment Surveys, held roughly every three years since 2000, provide an opportunity to discover new marine invaders through a close inspection of flora and fauna. This latest sighting reinforces the importance of surveys and continued monitoring for marine invaders in invasive species management, including the efforts of CZM's Marine Monitoring and Information Collaborative (MIMIC). For additional details about this survey, see the EEA press release. For more information about the Massachusetts AIS Working Group, MIMIC, or the surveys, see CZM's Aquatic Invasive Species website or contact Adrienne Pappal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COASTSWEEP, the state-wide beach cleanup sponsored by CZM and the Urban Harbors Institute at UMass Boston, will kick off its 23rd year on September 25 at Lynn Shore & Nahant Beach Reservation. Thousands of volunteers throughout Massachusetts turn out 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 eastern Massachusetts in September and October. To participate or organize a cleanup, go to the COASTSWEEP website or checkout COASTSWEEP on Facebook.
Buzzards Bay Project Minigrant Awards
In August, EEA announced the award of eight environmental grants totaling $282,512 to seven Buzzards Bay watershed towns. The grants will assist the towns in protecting and restoring water quality and living resources in Buzzards Bay and its surrounding watershed. Administered by CZM's Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program, the grants will specifically be used to fund land conservation and infrastructure improvement projects designed to conserve open space and rare species habitat, protect drinking water resources, and restore herring migration grounds. The grants were awarded to the towns of Rochester (Carr Family Bogs Land Reservation Project, $45,000, and Mahoney Wolf Island North Land Conservation Project, $20,506); Fairhaven (Wolf Island South Land Conservation Project, $30,506); Marion (Acquisition of Rentumis Property/Rochester, $45,000); Mattapoisett (Decas Mattapoisett River Lands Protection Project, $45,000); Bourne (Bournedale Herring Run - Little Sandy Pond Culvert, $45,000); Wareham (Tucy North - Agawam River Land Protection Project, $45,000); and Dartmouth (Dartmouth's Assessors' Parcel $6,500). For more information, see the EEA press release.
South Shore Seafloor Mapping Report Published
CZM and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have published the forth in a series of seafloor mapping reports. Geophysical and Sampling Data from the Inner Continental Shelf: Duxbury to Hull, Massachusetts contains geographic information system (GIS) data and technical explanations of data collection and processing of the Massachusetts inner continental shelf between Duxbury and Hull. The report was prepared as part of the cooperative mapping program between CZM and USGS, with additional hydrographic data provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Other reports in the series include: Nahant to Gloucester (2005), Boston Harbor (2006), and Cape Ann to Salisbury Beach (2009). Data from Cape Cod Bay will be released in 2011 and processing is underway on seafloor data already collected in Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound. Since 2003, this cooperative program has mapped the geology of approximately 2,000 square kilometers (772 square miles) of the Commonwealth's coastal ocean. For more information, see CZM's Seafloor Mapping Program website and the USGS project website or contact Dan Sampson at email@example.com.
CZ-Tip: Fall Planting on the Coast
Fall is an ideal time to landscape because rainfall is usually plentiful and temperatures (and heat stress) are lower. In addition, the warm fall soil temperatures allow the roots of plants to grow until the ground freezes, setting the plants up for success the following spring and summer. And fall plantings can be beautiful. Many deciduous trees and shrubs offer vibrant fall colors while the bright-colored berries and stems of shrubs or the feathery flowers of grasses provide visual interest throughout the fall and winter. Their fruits also provide much needed food for wildlife. For information on fall planting for your coastal property, including tips on planting in the coastal environment, fall maintenance practices, planting beachgrass, and the top 10 plants that will make an impact in your fall and winter garden, see the CZ-Tip - Fall Planting on the Coast.
Environmental Trust Grants - The Massachusetts Environmental Trust is seeking proposals for its Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 General Grants, which provide funding to support programs, research, and other activities that promote the responsible stewardship of the Commonwealth's water resources. Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations, schools and institutions for higher education, and cities and towns. To view the Request for Responses (RFR), see the Comm-PASS website and search for document number "EEA 11 MET 01." Letters of Inquiry are due by October 15.
Sea Grant Law Center Grants - The National Sea Grant Law Center is accepting proposals for one-year, legal research and outreach projects addressing coastal and marine issues. For more information, see the Request for Proposals (PDF, 116 KB). Interested applicants must submit letters of intent by September 13.
Migratory Bird Grants - The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in partnership with ConocoPhillips is seeking applications to the SPIRIT of Conservation Migratory Bird Program for grants to fund projects that protect, restore, or manage habitats for migratory birds. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and local and state agencies. Pre-proposals are due by October 1.
Reminders - These opportunities listed in the last CZ-Mail are still available:
Ebb & Flow - The August 2010 issue of Ebb & Flow, the eNewsletter of the Department of Fish and Game's Division of Ecological Restoration, discusses the role of water bans in herring run restoration and provides updates on river and coastal restoration projects. It also includes sections on grants, resources, and events.
Watershed Science Bulletin—Call for Articles - The Watershed Science Bulletin (WSB) is the peer-reviewed journal of the Association of Watershed and Stormwater Professionals (AWSPS) that features practical, science-based solutions to important watershed and stormwater management issues. AWSPS is currently soliciting short (five published pages or less) articles for the Spring 2011 issue, which will feature practical guidance for watershed and stormwater management in the context of climate change. Both technical and applied content is requested from all regions of the country, as well as from a national perspective, to demonstrate how a watershed-based management approach is effective for addressing the potential impacts of climate change. Articles are due by September 28.
Marine Sanctuaries Report - NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has released the report Examples of Ecosystem-Based Management in National Marine Sanctuaries: From Theory to Practice, which describes the various methods that sanctuary managers use to encourage stakeholder engagement and guide protection of marine habitats and biodiversity.
Marine Ecosystems and Management Information Service - The August/September 2010 edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM), the bimonthly information service on marine ecosystem-based management (EBM) from the University of Washington School of Marine Affairs, features articles on the role of science in EBM, marine spatial planning, and other notes and news.
Chemical Contaminants in Wastewater Literature Review - EPA has published the results of an extensive review of the recent literature on wastewater treatment technologies and their ability to remove a number of chemical contaminants of emerging concern (CECs). The results have been released as Microsoft Access database and a printed report. The database provides an accessible and comprehensive body of historical information about current CEC treatment technologies. The report discusses 16 of the more than 200 CECs present in the database and the average percent removals achieved by full-scale treatment systems that employ six of the more than 20 reported treatment technologies. Wastewater treatment plant operators, designers, and others may find this information useful in their studies of ways to remove CECs from wastewater. For details, see Treating Contaminants of Emerging Concern: A Literature Review Database.
Coastal Manager Interviews - NOAA's National Ocean Service has launched a series of interviews with several state Coastal Zone Program and National Estuarine Research Reserve managers, entitled America's Coasts: View from the States. The first episode, A Glimpse of the Coast, features CZM Director, Deerin Babb-Brott, and managers from Ohio, North Carolina, Maine, Florida, New Jersey, and New Hampshire.
Massachusetts Ocean Partnership - The Massachusetts Ocean Partnership (MOP) has launched a new website to present the recent and ongoing ocean management efforts in the Commonwealth. The new website provides numerous ocean planning documents through a searchable database, links to related events and news, contact information, and more.
Hazards and Losses Database - The Spatial Hazards Events and Losses Database for the United States (SHELDUS) is a county-level hazard data set for the United States for 18 different natural hazard event types, such thunderstorms, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and tornadoes. Data and maps were compiled and geo-referenced by the Hazards & Vulnerability and Research Institute at the University of South Carolina.
EPA Office of Water - EPA's Office of Water (OW) has launched a redesigned website to provide more organized and useful information for visitors. OW is primarily responsible for implementing the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act.
NEwswave - The New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative has launched the new online journal, NEwswave, to provide current news and events from member organizations—a collaboration of 40 institutions from across the region, including aquaria, museums, universities, government entities, and science and research centers.
EPA Draft Strategy for Clean Water - EPA is seeking public comment on a draft strategy to protect and restore U.S. lakes, streams, and coastal waters. Coming Together for Clean Water: EPA's Strategy for Achieving Clean Water was developed from input and ideas generated at an April clean water forum and comments received through an online forum where participants shared perspectives on how to advance the EPA's clean water agenda with a focus on healthy watersheds and sustainable communities. To download the strategy and submit comments, see the EPA website. Comments are due by September 17.
Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard - The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) is seeking a public comment on the draft Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS). CMECS provides a means of classifying ecological and habitat units using a common terminology. It provides a uniform protocol for identifying, characterizing, and naming ecological units in support of monitoring, protection, and restoration of unique biotic assemblages, protected species, critical habitat, and important ecosystem components. Submit comments online by December 13.
Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports - NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service is seeking comments on the Draft 2010 Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports. Submit Comments by November 2 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder - The following comment opportunities posted in the last CZ-Mail are still open:
Coastal 5K - On September 12, Salem Sound Coastwatch (SSCW) will hold the Coastal 5K: Run for the Beach! to support SSCW's new Adopt a Beach program. The 5K road race will start at Lynch Park in Beverly and will feature a gentle course with rolling terrain and ocean views.
Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission Meeting - On September 13 at 1:00 p.m., the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission will meet 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.
Wastewater Planning Discussion - On September 14 at 12:30 p.m., the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold a Friends Potluck and welcome Judith Bruce for a discussion on the basics of wastewater planning and protecting Cape Cod waters. Judith served for eight years on the Orleans Wastewater Planning Steering Committee and was a founder and past president of the Orleans Pond Coalition.
Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council Meeting - On September 15, the Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council will meet from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Community Room at Independence Wharf, 470 Atlantic Avenue, Boston. The agenda will include a scoping session about a park pet policy, a brainstorming session for a 2016 celebration, an update on the community outreach project, a park update, and public comment. The meeting is open to the public. For details, contact Superintendent Bruce Jacobson at (617) 223-8667.
International LIDAR Mapping Forum—Call for Abstracts - On February 7-9, 2011, the 2011 International LIDAR Mapping Forum will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Forum Technical Committee is seeking abstracts on emergency response data acquisition, GIS and data modeling, and industry issues such as state and federal initiatives. For details, see the forum website. Abstracts are due by September 15.
Financial Climate Change Workshop - On September 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the New England Environmental Education Alliance (NEEEA) will present a workshop entitled Financial Climate Change at the Doyle Conservation Center in Leominster. This workshop will be facilitated by Ed Mahoney, Professor Emeritus in Economics at Michigan State University.
Coastal Communities Conference - On September 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Living on the Edge Coastal Communities Conference will be held on Nantucket. The 2010 conference will focus on the impacts of sea level rise and the need to educate decision-makers about policies that can address the expected effects. The event will be hosted by ReMain Nantucket and the Egan Maritime Institute in collaboration with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and The Nature Conservancy. EEA Secretary Bowles is scheduled to give a keynote speech and CZM staff will present a methodology to visualize sea level rise inundation locally. The registration cost is $75, which includes lunch and materials.
BUAR Public Meeting - On September 30 at 1:30 p.m., CZM's Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources (BUAR) will hold its bimonthly public board meeting at CZM's Boston office in the CZM Large Conference Room. The preliminary agenda includes discussion/approval of minutes of the May 27 meeting, renewal of two special use permits, discussion/approval of three new special use permits and one new reconnaissance permit, and discussion of permittee, outreach, and research activities. For more information, contact BUAR Director, Victor Mastone, at email@example.com.
Coastal Geotools 2011—Call for Abstracts - From March 21-24, 2011, Coastal Geotools 2011 will be held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This conference series focuses on the technical information needs of the nation's coastal programs. The 2011 conference includes the following topics: Applications of Digital Coast, Oil Spill Applications, Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning, Coastal Hazards and Climate Adaptation, Social Science Applications, Visualization Techniques, Data Sharing and Interoperability, Technology Innovation, Business Cases or Return on Investment, Ecosystem Services, Participatory Geographic Information Systems, and Regional Ocean Governance. Abstracts for GeoTools 2011 can be submitted online and will be accepted through October 1.
Coastal Zone 2011—Call for Abstracts - On July 17-21, 2011, Coastal Zone 2011 (CZ11), Winds of Change: Great Lakes, Great Oceans, Great Communities, will be held in Chicago, Illinois. Many factors are influencing change in our coastal, marine, estuarine, and Great Lakes communities. CZ11 will focus on exploring challenges, discussing ways to cooperate on collective issues and resources, sharing tools and information, and learning from the experiences of leaders from across the nation and around the world. For details about submitting abstracts, see the CZ11 website. Submissions are due by October 8.
New England Environmental Education Conference - On October 21-23, the 2010 New England Environmental Education Alliance Conference, Create, Cultivate, Collaborate: Designing Our Shared Future, will be held in Fairlee, Vermont.
Decentralized Wastewater Technical Education Conference - On October 25-27, the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association will hold the 19th annual Technical Education Conference: Surface Discharge: Challenges and Solutions in St. Louis, Missouri. This annual conference serves as the premier conference to present new research, regulations and policy, and experience and practices in the decentralized wastewater industry.
Floodplain Conference and Arid Regions Symposium - On November 2-5, the Floodplain Management Association will hold its 2010 Annual Conference in Henderson, Nevada. Join floodplain management experts and policy makers to discuss adaptive strategies in meeting the changing federal and state regulations affecting floodplains, particularly in the arid regions. The conference will also host the Association of State Floodplain Managers Arid Regions Symposium, an outstanding series of professional development workshops.
Ocean Literacy Summit - On November 11-13, the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) will hold the 2010 Ocean Literacy Summit at the University of New Hampshire. Join fellow scientists, science writers, educators, policymakers, and ocean science literacy facilitators as they exchange stories, network, and discuss how valuable the principles of Ocean Science Literacy are for communicating about the ocean. For details, see the NEOSEC website.
Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration Conference - On November 13-17, Restore American Estuaries will hold the 5thNational Conference and Expo on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration—Preparing for Climate Change: Science, Practice, and Policy in Galveston, Texas. The five-day conference will explore the state-of-the-art in all aspects and scales of restoration and will be comprised of field sessions, plenary sessions, expert presentations, special evening events, workshops, a poster hall, and a restoration exposition.
Reminders - The following calendar items posted in the last CZ-Mail are still to come:
Gulf of Maine Council Awards - The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment is seeking nominations for its annual Visionary, Longard, Susan Snow-Cotter Leadership, and Industry Awards. 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 by September 24 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.