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CZM to Survey the Seafloor aboard the Bold
Through a competitive process conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Region 1, CZM was successful in securing time and space aboard EPA's Ocean Survey Vessel Bold. In September, CZM will begin its second eight-day oceanographic survey aboard the Bold—collecting samples of sediments and benthic organisms and taking underwater videos and still photos of the seafloor and its marine life. The cruise will take place on the coastal waters of Buzzard's Bay, Vineyard Sound, and south of Martha's Vineyard. The results will contribute to the groundtruthing of seafloor habitat maps created by CZM using a combination of surficial geology, bathymetry, and backscatter data, continuing the work that was started during the June 2010 CZM research cruise aboard the Bold. The survey also supports the efforts of the larger seafloor mapping partnership between CZM and the U.S. Geological Survey across all Massachusetts marine waters. The updated habitat maps will help CZM refine the resource maps used in the 2009 Massachusetts Management Ocean Plan and will assist CZM and other agencies in their siting and permitting of ocean uses.
CZM Kicks Off Another Season of Marine Invasive Species Monitoring
Citizen scientists from CZM's Marine Invasive Monitoring and Information Collaborative (MIMIC) will be out in full force again this summer, searching for 16 established invaders and seven species threatening to invade the region. Since 2006, MIMIC has served as a marine invasive species early detection and monitoring network for the New England Region, providing critical data to managers through participation with the Massachusetts Aquatic Invasive Species Working Group, the Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel, and the National Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force. All data are collected by trained citizen scientists following protocols detailed in Monitoring for Marine Invasive Species: Guidance and Protocols for Volunteer Monitoring Groups. Several trainings were held this spring to prepare citizen scientists to identify the 23 marine invaders, and to monitor safely and according to protocol. A priority for the program this year is to monitor and detect new populations of the rock pool shrimp Palaemon elegans, a European species that can grow to more than two inches in length and is able to consume a number of smaller marine organisms. This species was discovered for the first time in North America last summer during the 2010 Rapid Assessment Survey, a recurring effort to catalogue marine organisms in coastal waters from Cape Cod through Maine. MIMIC citizen scientists will also provide key information on the spread of established invaders, such as the invasive tunicate, Didemnum vexillum, a highly aggressive species that has been expanding its range since its discovery in Maine in the 1980s. In 2009, MIMIC volunteers detected a new expansion of this species to floating docks in Boston and the Boston Harbor Islands. Data collected by MIMIC citizen scientists are available to the public through CZM's Massachusetts Ocean Resource Information System (MORIS), and the Marine Invader Tracking and Information System (MITIS), a web based data management resource hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sea Grant Program. For more information on MIMIC, and to view monitoring protocols, identification resources, and links, see the Aquatic Invasive Species Program website.
COASTSWEEP, the state-wide beach cleanup sponsored by CZM and the Urban Harbors Institute (UHI) at UMass Boston, will kick off its 24th year on September 24. 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 Massachusetts Recreational Boating Survey Results
The Massachusetts Ocean Partnership (MOP) just released the results of the 2010 Massachusetts Recreational Boating Survey, which shows that the economic contribution to the Commonwealth from saltwater recreational boating trips during the 2010 boating season was at least $806 million-supporting more than 4,700 jobs. Between May and October 2010, more than 2,100 boaters responded to the survey and provided detailed information on their boating trips, including expenditures, boating activities, and navigational routes. This study helps to fill a need identified in the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan for more information on boating use, patterns, and economic linkages, and the results of this study will be incorporated into the plan. MOP initiated this study with the Urban Harbors Institute, along with Marine Consulting Services, UMass Boston's Center for Survey Research and Department of Environmental, Earth and Ocean Sciences, and CZM, in close partnership with the Massachusetts Marine Trade Association, the Massachusetts Harbormasters Association, the Massachusetts Boating and Yacht Clubs Association, and Sailors for the Sea. For details, including the project summary, technical report, and maps, sees the MOP website.
CZ-Tip - Surf's Up: Online Information for Exploring the Massachusetts Coast
It's July in Massachusetts and it's finally safe to trade the snow shovel for the sand shovel and embrace the coastal outdoors! Whether you are a long-time resident, new to the area or vacationing-summer is a great time to take advantage of the beaches, coastal bike trails, camp sites, fishing spots, and boating opportunities. See CZ-Tip - Explore the Coastal Outdoors for some ideas of things to put on your summer-in-Massachusetts bucket list.
FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants - The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency 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) 2012 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program. These competitive grants 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. Also, in July-September, MEMA has scheduled several grant program briefings and overview sessions across the state. These will provide applicants an opportunity to ask questions of the State Hazard Mitigation Team. CZM strongly encourages all potential applicants to attend one of these sessions. Stay tuned to the MEMA website for the complete grant details and briefing schedule. Full applications are due by November 4.
Conservation Partnership Grants - The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Division of Conservation Services 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. Applications are due by July 20.
Massachusetts Recreational Trails Grants - DCR is seeking applications for 2012 Massachusetts Recreational Trails Program Grants, which provides funds from $2,000 to $50,000 for a variety of trail protection, construction, and stewardship projects throughout Massachusetts. DCR is also accepting applications for Statewide Trails Education Grants, which provides funding for on statewide trail education initiatives. Applications for both programs are due by October 1.
Reminders - This opportunity listed in the last CZ-Mail is still available:
- Parks and Conservation Land Grants - EEA's Division of Conservation Services is seeking applications for the fiscal year 2012 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. Applications are due by July 14.
Rolling Easements Primer - The EPA Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE) Program has released Rolling Easements (PDF, 6.8 MB), a primer that describes how the private sector and state and local governments can respond to sea level rise. Rolling easements are a collection of approaches allowing beaches and wetlands to migrate inland as sea levels rise, in cases where traditional protective measures such as the construction of dikes, seawalls, and other structures may prove economically or environmentally unsustainable.
EPA Annual Beach Report - EPA has released the 2010 Beach Notification Summary, which shows that in 2010, for the sixth consecutive year, the nation's beaches were open 95 percent of the time during the beach swimming season. The report summarizes state, territorial, and tribal data on beach closures and health advisories from the previous year's swimming season. For details, see the EPA Beaches web page.
Neponset River Estuary Contamination Report - USGS has released Concentrations, Loads, and Sources of Polychlorinated Biphenyls, Neponset River and Neponset River Estuary, Eastern Massachusetts, a report that describes widespread polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination in the lower Neponset River and Estuary.
Guide on Marine and Coastal Ecosystem-Based Management - The United Nations Environment Programme has released Taking Steps Toward Marine and Coastal Ecosystem-Based Management - An Introductory Guide, which outlines ecosystem-based management (EBM) principles and thinking and seeks to help countries and communities take steps to make marine and coastal EBM work—from strategic planning to on-site implementation.
Massachusetts Bays Window - The Spring 2011 issue of the Massachusetts Bays Window, the eNewsletter of the Massachusetts Bays Program, highlights the issuance of the 2010 State of the Bays report, legislator involvement in Phragmites management in the Great Marsh, the first State of Salem Sound Symposium, shellfish beds reopening in Marshfield and Scituate, volunteer herring count efforts on Cape Cod, and a other activities related to habitat and water quality protection.
MassDEP eNewsletter - The Spring 2011 issue of EnviroMatters from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) features articles on environmental violations at Wheelabrator facilities, MassDEP's regulatory reform initiative, and other recent MassDEP efforts, achievements, news, and updates.
Ebb & Flow - The June 2011 issue of Ebb & Flow, the eNewsletter of the Department of Fish and Game's Division of Ecological Restoration, focuses on environmental flow, which sustains healthy, functioning aquatic ecosystems. This issue also provides updates on river and coastal restoration projects and includes sections on grants, resources, and events.
Sound Waves - The June 2011 issue of Sound Waves, the monthly newsletter from USGS, features articles on tsunamis in Japan, scuba diving for marine research, and other coastal and marine research news.
Marine Ecosystems and Management Information Service - The June/July 2011 edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management, the bimonthly information service on marine ecosystem-based management (EBM) from the University of Washington School of Marine Affairs, features articles on putting EBM into practice, defining ecosystems, and other notes and news.
Pipeline - The Summer 2011 issue of Pipeline, the online newsletter about onsite wastewater treatment from National Environmental Services Center, focuses on buying or selling a home with an onsite wastewater system.
Right Whale News - The May 2011 issue of Right Whale News 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.
Heading to the Shore? Seek Your Summer Hot Spots by Surfing with CZM - 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 Information (MassGIS), this searchable inventory displays maps and printable descriptions of coastal properties owned by government agencies or major nonprofit land conservation organizations that are open to the public.
Massachusetts Saltwater Recreation Fishing Guide - The Massachusetts Saltwater Recreational Fishing Guide was developed by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries to help people enjoy the Commonwealth's recreational fishing experience. It includes marine finfish regulations, an extensive listing of the state's public boat ramps, bait & tackle shops, charterboat operations, and lobster and crabbing information and regulations. It also includes information about how to handle your catch and it encourages use of responsible fishing practices.
National Hurricane Center on Twitter - NOAA's National Hurricane Center (NHC) is now on Twitter to help decision-makers and the public receive notifications of the very latest on hazardous tropical weather systems. A tweet will be sent whenever NHC issues a public advisory regarding a tropical cyclone, tropical cyclone update, position estimate, or tropical weather outlook. Each tweet will contain a link to access the corresponding product on the NHC website. Check out NHC on Twitter.
Nonpoint Source Outreach Toolbox - EPA has updated the Nonpoint Source Outreach Toolbox, a comprehensive set of web-based resources designed to help communities conduct locally effective watershed education and outreach activities. The toolbox includes a searchable, enhanced catalog of print, radio, and TV ads and outreach materials to target many categories of nonpoint pollution.
National Ocean Council Strategic Action Plan Outlines - The National Ocean Council is seeking public comment on the action plan outlines for nine priority objectives of the National Ocean Policy. The purpose of the outlines is to provide an initial vision about how federal agencies may address these priority objectives. For more information, see the National Ocean Council website.
Stormwater Discharges from Construction Sites—Deadline Extended - EPA is seeking public comments on a draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activities. The new rules will help improve U.S. waterways by regulating the discharge of stormwater from construction sites, which can contain sediment and pollutants that harm aquatic ecosystems, increase drinking water treatment costs, and pollute waters that people use for fishing, swimming, and other recreational activities. The proposed Construction General Permit includes a number of enhanced protections, including provisions to protect impaired and sensitive waters. The permit will be effective in areas where EPA is the permitting authority, including Massachusetts. Comments are now due by July 11.
Clean Water Act Definition of "Waters of the United States" Draft Guidance—Comment Period Extended - EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are seeking public comments on draft guidance for determining whether a waterway, water body, or wetland is protected by the Clean Water Act. Americans depend on clean and abundant water. However, over the past decade, interpretations of Supreme Court rulings removed some critical waters from federal protection and caused confusion about which waters and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act. As a result, important waters now lack clear protection under the law, and businesses and regulators face uncertainty and delay. The draft guidance reaffirms protections for small streams that feed into larger streams, rivers, bays, and coastal waters. It also reaffirms protection for wetlands that filter pollution and help protect communities from flooding. Comments are now due by July 31.
Draft NOAA Scientific Integrity Policy - NOAA's draft scientific integrity policy is available for public review and comment. The policy incorporates the principles of scientific integrity contained in guidance from the White House and addresses how NOAA ensures quality science in its practices and policies and promotes a culture of transparency, integrity, and ethical behavior. For details, see the NOAA website. Comments are due by August 15.
Reminder - The following comment opportunity posted in the last CZ-Mail is still open:
- Proposed Standards for Cooling Water Intake Structures - EPA is seeking public comments on its proposed standards for all existing power plants and factories to protect billions of fish and other aquatic organisms drawn each year into cooling water systems. The proposal would establish a common-sense framework, putting a premium on public input and flexibility. Safeguards against such impingement of organisms will be required for all facilities above a minimum size, and closed-cycle cooling systems may also be required on a case-by-case basis. Comments are due by July 19.
Meet the Seafloor Mappers - On July 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., USGS and CZM will host The Seafloor Revealed: What Lies Beneath the Massachusetts Coastal Ocean?, a public meet and greet event at the Ocean Explorium in New Bedford. The exhibits and presentations at this event will illustrate the seafloor mapping work being conducted by USGS, CZM, and the state's Division of Marine Fisheries. This free public event will feature a GeoWall, a 3D interactive display of bathymetric mapping data, as well as actual seafloor mapping instruments, posters, and handouts. In addition to the scientists that are available to take questions, short talks on mapping technology and applied uses of seafloor mapping data will be given at 11:00 a.m. and repeated at 1:00 p.m. Managers, scientists, fisherman, conservationists, educators, and the general public are invited to attend. For more information, see the CZM website.
MOP Annual Partners Meeting - On July 13 from 1-5 p.m., the Massachusetts Ocean Partnership will hold its Annual Partners Meeting in Boston to present updates on the ongoing ocean planning efforts in the Commonwealth. Please register by July 5 on the MOP website.
Meeting TMDLs Webcast - On July 13, the Center for Watershed Protection will present The Top Actions that Local Governments Can Take to Address Numerical Goals, Such as TMDLs & WIPs, a webcast that will describe the top performing management practices for tackling numerical water quality goals.
Marine Spatial Planning Forum - From July 13-14, the World Ocean Council will hold a National Business Forum on Marine Spatial Planning in Washington, DC. This forum is designed to bring together representatives of the ocean business community to develop ocean industry leadership and collaboration on marine spatial planning in the United States.
Beginner's Guide to Shorebirds Field Course - From July 26-28, Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary will hold the Beginner's Guide to Shorebirds, a field course for adults. Nail down the identification of "peeps," plovers, and other species in this introductory three-day field course. Throngs of migrating shorebirds stop to feed and rest on the productive mud flats and marshes and late July is the peak of activity. The focus of the course is the identification of sandpipers, dowitchers, yellowlegs, godwits, plovers, and other species, and shorebird migration, behavior, and breeding biology will also be covered. For more information, see the Wellfleet Sanctuary website.
Under Cape Cod Waters Presentation - On July 28 at 7:30 p.m., the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will present award-winning photojournalist Ethan Daniels speaking on his book Under Cape Cod Waters. Mr. Daniels will take the audience on an underwater excursion of the Cape's near-shore waters. Trained as a biologist, he uses his camera as a scientist and artist to portray the amazing and resilient life forms that make up and maintain the underwater world of the Cape environment. For details, see the museum's website.
Waquoit Bay Watershed Block Party - On August 2 at 3:00 p.m., join the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve 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 free watermelon and ice cream.
All-Hazards Summit - On August 3, an All Hazards/Stakeholders Summit will be held in Boston. Whether it's a catastrophic accident, severe blizzard, or act of terror, Boston cannot predict when or how disasters will strike. Effective disaster preparedness and emergency management requires expanded collaboration and response capabilities with all stakeholders. This event is targeted toward those responsible for the safety and well-being of the public.
Coastal Engineering Conference - From August 21-24, the American Society of Civil Engineers will hold the Conference on Coastal Engineering Practice: Engineering Sustainable Coastal Development in, San Diego, California. The conference will focus on practical approaches in developing solutions for coastal engineering problems while ensuring sustainable coastal development.
StormCon Conference - The 2011 StormCon, the world's largest conference on stormwater pollution prevention, will be held from August 21-25 in Anaheim, California. For details, see the StormCon website.
Coastal Protection Symposium - From August 23-24, Preparing for the Rising Tide: Coastal Protection Symposium will be held in Anaheim, California, as a component of the annual StormCon 2011 conference. The two-day symposium will focus on infrastructure protection in coastal cities, ports, and industrial complexes in the face of sea level rise and potential shoreline changes.
Swim & Fin Race for Salem Sound - On August 27, Salem Sound Coastwatch (SSCW) will hold the 6th 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 - From August 27-28, Hawthorne Cove Marina in Salem will host the 28th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Festival, which will include exhibits, artists, crafts, and entertainment.
Global Summit on Coastal Seas - From August 28-31, the ninth international meeting on Environmental Management for Enclosed Coastal Seas (EMECS 9), Managing for Results in our Coastal Seas, will be held in Baltimore, Maryland. EMECS 9 will focus on scientifically sound, sustainable restoration approaches.
Floodplain Management Conference - From September 6-9, the Floodplain Management Association Annual Conference, Flood Risk Management in the 21st Century, will be held in San Diego, California. Join floodplain management experts and policy makers to address meeting the changing federal stormwater and environmental standards. This conference will bring together stakeholders to engage in a new dialogue to develop important recommendations to policy makers and the regulatory community.
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.
Barnstable Land Trust Walks and Talks - Through autumn, the Barnstable Land Trust will hold numerous events as part of its Walks & Talks nature series. For details, see the Barnstable Land Trust website.
Summer Walks in Harwich - The Harwich Conservation Trust has posted its schedule of summer walks. All walks are free and open to the public. See the Trust's website (PDF, 89 KB).
Reminders - The following calendar items posted in the last CZ-Mail are still to come:
- Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop - From July 9-12, the Natural Hazards Center will host the annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop in Bloomfield, Colorado. The three-day workshop is divided into plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, poster sessions, and extracurricular activities.
- MITS Summer Institute - The Marine Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) is accepting applications from school teachers to attend its Summer Institute, a professional development opportunity for teachers in upper-elementary through high school that is held from July 11-22. Summer Institutes are two-week (one week for High School) professional development workshops that model, teach, and encourage teachers to use inquiry-based, hands-on methods of teaching science, technology, engineering, and math.
- Coastal Zone 2011 - From July 17-21, Coastal Zone 2011, Winds of Change: Great Lakes, Great Oceans, Great Communities!, will be held in Chicago, Illinois. The 2011 conference has four major themes: planning for resilient coasts; healthy habitats; observing, modeling, and monitoring; and vibrant coastal and marine economies. This biennial conference brings together nearly 1,000 attendees from federal, state, and local governments, academia, nonprofit organizations, and private industry.
- Climate Adaptation Conference - From July 18-20, the American Meteorological Society will hold the Climate Adaptation: Practical Solutions for a Warming World Conference in Asheville, North Carolina. This conference will be held alongside the 19th Conference on Applied Climatology. For more information, see the conference website.
- Field-Based Research Program for High School Students - The Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is now accepting applications for TIDAL Quest (PDF, 93 KB), a week-long, field-based research program for high school students to be held July 18-22. Applications will be accepted until the program is full.
- Participatory Mapping Webinar - On July 27 from 2-3 p.m., as part of its Digital Coast Webinar Series, the Coastal Services Center will present Engaging Stakeholders in Coastal Management through Participatory Mapping, a webinar that will examine the role of stakeholder engagement in coastal management and the use of participatory mapping as a tool to support decision making. Registration is required.
Other Items of Interest
National Boating Safety Advisory Council Vacancies - The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking applications for membership on the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC). The 21-member NBSAC advises the Coast Guard on matters related to recreational boating safety. The application deadline is August 15.